American Idol Season 11 Finale: Jessica Sanchez vs. Phillip Phillips

    MANILA, Philippines – The Season 11 of American Idol was recently concluded with distinct historical moments. Record-breaking 132M votes just came in after the performance night (May 23). AI Finale was aired over Fox channel Wednesday night (Thursday morning Manila time) live from Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

    Jessica vs. Phillip, 'Idol Finale 2012
    Photo: Jessica vs. Phillip, 'Idol Finale 2012

    The two-hour 'Idol finale featured the Top12 finalists performing Bruno Mars' "Runaway Baby".

    Phillip Phillips performed on stage with rock singer John Fogerty, the lead singer and guitarist of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Jessica Sanchez on  the other hand sang "I Will Always Love You" which was indeed a very good performance.

    Idol stage was fired next by JLo's performance of "Goin In".

    Something special also happened when Ace Young proposed marriage to Diana DeGarmo. Both are previous season's finalists.

    Hollie Cavanagh with Season 6 grand winner Jordin Sparks also performed.

    Self-confessed Sanchez supporter, Jennifer Holliday also performed duet with Jessica. They sang "And I Am Telling You", her song in final 4. It was a great number that earned standing ovation from the judges.

    It was Aerosmith that performed last from the guests, then, Final 2 in a duet.

    Ryan Seacrest then announced the winner for Season 11 of American Idol.

    But, it was Phillip Phillips that won at the end. The 21-year old boy-next-door with guitar from Georgia crowned as the Season 11 champion. Phillips received trophy and performed his coronation song, "Home". Although  Jessica Sanchez is the runner-up, she is by far the world Idol favorite.

    Performance Night Review:

    Everyone was excited for the result for who will be victorious for Season 11 of the worldwide most popular singing competition, American Idol 2012. Will it be Jessica, the 16-year old Filipino-Mexican or Phillip Phillips, 21-year old from Savannah, Georgia?

    During the head-to-head battle in the performance night, it shows a draw for Jessica and Phillip to take home the title. Both of them are good. Sanchez chose to sing ballads with big voice while Phillip Phillips went with the indie vibe.

    The two-hour finale of American Idol became top trending topic in Twitter and other social media. The #IdolFinale became the most popular hashtag in the Philippines. Hashtags related to Jessica were: The Prayer (Round 2 choice of song), Change Nothing (Round three choice of song), Round 1 ( Randy Jackson said Round 1 went to Jessica) and #JessicaForTheWin. While for Phillip, hashtag was Stand by Me (Round 1 choice of song).

    But Jessica proved to be the worldwide favorite after singing on the last round, "Change Nothing" became the no. 1 trending topic in Twitter worldwide. Though  judges gave Phillips the last standing ovation after singing "Home".

    Winning Indicators

    Based on social media buzz and Twitter postings going into Tuesday’s final, Sanchez had a 17% lead in Yahoo! searches.

    She also generated 60% more mentions in social media than Phillips, according to a survey by General Sentiment, analytics company.
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