Phillip Phillips, the soulful guitarist from Leesburg, Georgia, took home the American Idol 2012 title tonight after besting fellow finalist Jessica Sanchez.
Phillip, 21, won the 11th season of the competition show after a world-record number of votes. Phillip will now release his winning single, “Home,” which he performed during the very emotional and tearful climax of the season finale.
“It’s been such an honor to be up on this stage playing with everybody…all the fans out there, thank y’all for voting for us,” Phillip said moments before the results were revealed. It’s just been crazy.”
Even though host Ryan Seacrest reminded viewers all season that this season was one of the tightest, Phillip was the clear front-runner all season, as he was the only one of the Top 12 to not end up in the Bottom 3. Jessica was nearly eliminated during Top 7 week until the judges use their one save on her, which sent her all the way to the finale.
Phillip is the fifth guy in a row to win the American Idol title.
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