The top ten contestants, as well as megastars like Chaka Khan, Rihanna, Jordin Sparks, Fantasia, and more filled the American Idol season finale with nostalgic and captivating performances last night. A whopping 132 million votes were submitted, but (sadly) Philip Philips was declared the winner.
Jessica Sanchez was named the runner-up after nailing almost every single cover throughout Season 11. Besides performing her best rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I’ll Always Love You,” the 16-year-old shared a duet with soulful icon Jennifer Holliday. The two performed “And I Am Telling You, I'm Not Going” for a roaring crowd of fans.
The other finale highlight? After Neil Diamond’s performance (yes, Neil Diamond), Jennifer Lopez hit the stage with Wisin y Yandel for a blazing performance of “Follow the Leader.” At first Lopez hit the stage in a sequin pajama-type getup that made us question her stylist, but she eventually ripped off the top to show off her four-pack abs.
Once Ryan Seacrest announced the winner, Sanchez took it in stride. Sanchez is still a winner in our eyes!
What do you think about the results?