American Idol 2012 Finale: Winner Will Be Crowned Tonight

American Idol 2012 finale night Jessica and Phillip

Tonight on American Idol 2012 we’ll find out if Jessica Sanchez or Phillip Phillips earned the right amount of votes to become the new American Idol.

After last night’s performances, the pair should technically be on pretty even playing fields. Jessica was as good as always, but it was Phillip’s performance of “Home,” his potential single, that had people talking. Was that enough to gain the edge over Jessica or will the 16-year-old powerhouse become the first female winner in five seasons? We’ll know in a matter of hours.

Also tonight, Aerosmith debuts a new single, “Legendary Child,” which is actually a 21-year old song. Then Rihanna performs as does a number of special guests and the rest of your Top 12. We can expect some interesting duets tonight. So far we’ve heard of Jennifer Holliday and Jessica Sanchez pairing. We’ve also heard ¬†of Kristin Chenoweth and Jessica pairing, honoring the late Donna Summer. And we can expect a whole lot more.

Check back later for the live American Idol 2012 results and the crowning of the season 11 winner. A little later, I’ll have my complete recap of the American Idol finale.

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  1. I voted so much for Jessica at least 750 times. I hope she wins. Even Pia Toscano want Jess to win.

    • not only pia! jennifer holliday, colbie callait (did i spell it right? :)) mario lopez..vanesa hudgens, nick cannon, adam lambert and a lot more, i can go on and on :))

      • It’s actually Calliat.So does Charice & a lot of idol alumni:Kris Allen,Haley Reinhart,Mandisa,Diana Degarmo,Carly Smithson,Lee,Naima,Thia,Lauren….Let’s just hope they all voted for her!

      • Lovine rooted P2? Coz he really want to steal Jess, so he is happy when jess losses to sign with him.

    • Oh boy..Pia Toscano wanted her to win. lol. That’s like saying even YOU wanted her to win. What has Pia done. Nada.

      • pia is just one of them…. :)) has anyone rooted for P2? has any artists openly roots for P2? just asking….

      • It’s kind of a reach to be calling Pia an artist. I put a lot more stock in Stevie Nicks saying she would record with Phillip than Pia! LOL! Pia..still giggling.

      • Nobody in the Music Industry rooted for P2. unless Pally45 is from music Industry…. Really never heard rooted for P2.

      • Ah yes. Here is another one with a wonderful grasp of the English language. I think you left out a couple of words there, sport.

      • Don’t be so sure calling phil a winner pally45.You are going to have to eat all your words the moment ryan announces Jessica as the winner.

      • You are probably right…lol. Should I specify now how I like my crow cooked or can I wait until the unthinkable happens and Jessica wins?

    • Were you watching the SAME show as the rest of us?¬† Jessica’s “winners”
      song was a bomb, Philip was the only one to receive a SO and he is a singer-
      song writer, plays guitar & has more charisma/stage presence. Yes, Jessica
      will have a career but she is only 16 and should tryout next year. It’s not a
      matter of “it’s a girl’s turn”. It’s choosing the BEST American Idol. Philip
      is it. Btw…. remember, Jessica had to be saved & was in the bottom 3 several
      times. The finale should have been Philip and Colton.

      Robert, Victoria, B.C. Canada

      • sorry, but P2¬† sounds like a dieing cow when he sings… TERRIBLE voice! Always ends his verses on a drawn out , outta tune note.

      • ¬†I just read one of the post that Phillip song ” Home” is not his original.

      • correction , please! jessica was only one time in the bottom three and that was when she was saved by the Judges! that was HOLY WEEK for Christians and Catholics who were so busy attending to church activities so that only few gave time to watch, support and vote for Jessica. She was¬† in the bottom three not because she performed badly that night but because of the reasons i cited….thank you!

      • You don’t know how to listen for the best vocal you just looking at their looks, what’s the use of…this is not a beauty contest!!!

      • Phillip Phillips is rooting for Phillip Phillips …………… oh sorry thats his Dad….so not convincing enough. Or his mum Phillippa Phillips…

  2. I noticed that when there’s more contestants the comments seem to be more interesting.¬† As there’s fewer contestants the comments seem to be more bland “Go Jess” or “Go Phillip” type stuff.

    As for the show, from top 9 thru top 5, I was thinking this show was the best ever.¬† I had dropped Allison, Adam, Kris, Matt, et all to #2.¬†¬† I think this year though, from top 4 to finale it lacked something.¬† Each contestant seemed to only have 1 good song even though they sang a few.¬†¬† So while this has still been a good season, I’m dropping it to #2 behind Season 8 again.¬†

  3. My take: ¬†JS is an imitator, PP an innovator. ¬†Phillip is genuine, Jessica is an actress. ¬†I cannot even remember Jessica’s coronation song, but can’t wait to download Phillip’s “Home”. ¬†To me, Phillip is the complete package, a true American Idol. ¬†I wish Jessica well, and when she is older I am sure she will have lots of success. ¬†But right now, it’s just creepy to listen to a 16-year-old sing the types of songs she has been covering. ¬†She may win tonight, because I know she has a legion of rabid fans, but to me she will fade away and I will look forward to Phillip’s recordings. ¬†

    • For Philip to take a Greg Holden’s original song “HOME”, how would you CALL that?…………….I originally thought¬† that the 3rd¬†category was a sort of never-been-performed song until I unexpectedly discovered a Youtube original version of it that’s actually no difference on how PP performed it in the FINALE.

      • No. The third song was simply the song they’d first release as the winner. Both songs were written by someone else and then offered up by Idol as part of the list for each of them to select.

        Drew Pearson and Greg Holden were the co-writers of “Home.” I’d imagine the writer of “Change Nothing” also had it performed before Jessica did as it was developed.

      • Thanks for replying Matt. By the way, I also would like to take this special opportunity to THANK YOU and Branden for bringing a site like this so with all the avid commenters here. You have been the most interactive writer, owner and even publisher online and many readers here do admire you a lot for that. Tonight is the proclamation of winner¬†hence then comments, interaction, discussion and even arguments will¬†finally end the issue¬†of who is the American Idol at season 11 winner afterwards. Nonetheless I love my frequent visit to your site and I will keep tune in here for the next AI because I so enjoyed it.
        Again, GOOD LUCK to our 2 SINGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • I agree, & they’re suppose to sing the same song in order for us to have a comparison but that didnt happen..Only Jess’ song is originally written by Jimmy.

    • PP an innovator because he changes somebody elses’ songs around?¬† I think not. Even his so called “original” song has been done already and he didn’t change it much.¬† Check out “Home” by Greg Holden on youtube.¬†

      He sounds so much like Dave Matthews most of the time with less range. DMB was extremely popular back in the 90s and early 2000s, but you don’t really hear much about them anymore. PP will fade away fast.

      Even if Jessica doesn’t end up writing her own songs, it is her incredible vocal ability that draws people to her.¬† Many of today’s artists do not write their own songs, but are very successful.¬† It is too early to tell whether or not she will write her own music, but if not, someone will.¬† We are lucky to see 2 or 3 people with voices like that in our lifetime.¬†

      Her talents far exceed PP’s so called creativity. No one has even heard any of his original music, so we don’t know, but what we do know is that Jessica’s voice is phenomenal.

      • Greg Holden co-wrote “Home” and, presumably, sold the rights to American Idol for its use. ¬†Someone had to write Jessica’s song as well. Use of the creator’s arrangement isn’t surprising but rather expected.

      • I agree with your post, MCR274111. Actually, Jessica hasn’t honed that songwriting ability yet. I heard her say in an interview before that she hasn’t really grasped writing songs in a melody yet but she can do rhymes like for a rap. I have to look for that interview again to exactly quote her but she did made the lyrics herself to the cover of Snoop Doggs “Gangsta Luv” and she changed it to “Hater Luv.” (dedicated to all her haters) Check it out in Youtube Ruut, that song is for you. If she can make rhymes something like that a year ago, what more when she becomes Phillip’s age at 21?

    • @a3f9d7955775d99f3bea661c034dbee5:disqus¬†No one ever said P2’s song was origianl, they each chose the song they wanted to perform.¬† Have you ever heard Celine sing “The Prayer”, now that is amazing. Jessica has great vocals and with maturity might just find her own niche, but she is no Celine or Whitney.¬† Now P2, even Jlo told him regarding “Home”” you never hear anything like that on the radio”, he is unique.¬† They will both be successful in time, that we know.

      • ¬†Yeah, because J-Lo really knows what she is talking about.¬† She obviously hasn’t been to any college football games and saw the marching band.¬† A marching band?¬† C’mon! A standing O? C’mon! So not deserving of the standing O.¬† Randy had to tell the other judges to stand.¬† That performance was way less deserving than any of the 12 or whatever that Joshua received and I don’t think all of them were deserved.

    • Pp is an artist…innovator..agreed! Jessica an actress— singer…agreed! Therefore Pp should compose and be kept behind the scene, Jess in the limelight! She therfore should win and she definitely would!

  4. I like Phillip, his quirky style and think his music will sell well (I’ll be buying a CD) BUT, I think Jessica deserves to win because…..how many 16 yr olds out there can belt out Whitney and do it well??????? Her natural talent goes way above any Idol past winners in years, and haven’t the biggest Idol money earners been the ladies? Kelly, Carrie, and Jennifer? You little girls may keep voting for the cutest guy, but in the long run Idol has produced some excellent female singers who are serious about turning their chance into a long running career.¬† Even if Jessica doesn’t end up winning (which has proven to be a good thing some years) I think we’ll be hearing a lot from her for many years! Good luck to both of you, and the others that fell by the wayside, but hopefully won’t give up!

    • Phillip deserves to win because he’s Phillip and there’s nobody like him on this earth. God has given him¬† very special gifts, he can sing, play instruments, and he’s the most humble person I have ever seen.

      • Gail,

        I honestly and totally agree P2 is most humble and a gentlemen especially treating Jessica as his younger sister. A TRUE IDOL CHARACTER!

        BUT FOR AI, IT’S JESSICA! P2 MY SECOND CHOICE.

      • theres david matthew who sounded like him.. so dont talk about being unique! and wat about the past 4 winners? wgwg

      • Fankgls, you don’t think we worked hard for Phillip in the South, I¬†gave him a non-stop four hour vote myself.

    • I agree with those sentiments. It’s so easy to split people into the same category of¬† ”¬†because¬†I like one artist,¬†you must hate the other”; when the mature listeners can see the talent in both and appreciate that.
      Win or Lose – they can’t lose whatever happens…¬†

  5. Who is Phillip singing with……..It’s gotta be good if they are keeping it quiet Maybe Stevie Nicks? She does like him

    • I would like to know that too–they have to be having him sing with someone??¬† Hopefully it is someone that nobody would expect to show up on Idol’s stage.¬† Loved Phillips version of ‘Home’–already downloaded it to my ipod!

      • ¬†Hi Matthew

        That’s the best rumor yet so far for today.¬† I wonder what they will perform together – “Bad Moon Rising” Lodi, Have you ever seen the rain , Proud Mary , Lookin out my back door , just a few of some of my favs, go CCR.

        Just saying……………………

  6. Since this season is almost over, I just wanted to stop by and thank Branden and Matt for all you both do for this site. I think this year was especially difficult because of the commentators’ lack of courtesy not only to others who comment but also to you. If a person likes this site for feedback, it is not a good idea to attack the people responsible for keeping it going. That said, I’m not going to declare a winner because the one I liked best is gone. I’ve never been able to connect with Jessica. She has a good voice, but her personality doesn’t inspire me to vote for her. Her answers to Ryan’s questions are rambling at best. I can pretty much say the same for Phillip. He doesn’t say much, period. We already know that these two can sing. For me, this last show is more about the contestant’s ability to sell a new song or a song not well known in America. It tells us what we can expect from the performer’s ability to really “make it his/her own.” I don’t like copycat performances. Jessica needs to work on that, but the band on Phillip’s last number reminded me of something James Durbin did last year so it didn’t ring truly new with me. Most of all, this season showed how viewers can take music and entertainment out of the equation and base performances on where a contestant comes from, gender, and skin color. Next year, I hope we can get back to strictly music and entertainment and exclude all the other factors. This one reality show demonstrates why peace on earth will always be difficult to obtain.

    • Thank you for being a reader,¬†@1e6c7bd9b183cb588624b692358d5f8f:disqus¬†. We’re glad you could join us and hope you’ll come back again next season.

      Hopefully rabid fans (of any contestant) will have their blood pressure down before too long and things can be a little more civil next time around.

    • Your comment “the one I liked best is gone”¬†¬† – I’m Sorry that Heejun went so soon; he was always original, even when he tried to copy an artist…¬†¬†¬† He had many strong points, but singing was not one of them. (lol)¬†

    • Great Post,and I totally agree with you.¬† Not sure why the site was so hostile this season but do not remember it being this way last year.¬† Hope it changes.¬†
      @gtprods:disqus & Branden:  This site is incredible and Thank You for all you do.  You both took some unnecessary shots.  Thank You and I will be back next season.

  7. I listened back to the third songs they sang. IDK, I haven’t gotten too much of PP’s voice. It was bombarded by the production that made it look great. Who wouldn’t have liked it with such drama and theatrical presentation. LOL! I respect Jessica with hers, holding solely to her vocals which made me like it more (though they gave her a poor material and poor presentation). My judgement always come to who sings better coz this is a singing competition. ¬†

      • I’m living in the Middle East and we’re 8 hours advance to US. ¬†It’s 7pm now here. We’ll know the result @4am later. ūüôā I can’t really understand why the third PP’s song got the SO??? I played the song over and over again & can’t really understand y LOL!

    • thanks! honestly you can say that again. got no slightest idea what do they love on PP 3rd song. it sucks

    • She sang what she wanted, she’s use to hearing other artist sing and then trying to sound like them, when it came to making one her own she didn’t know how. The contest is about voice¬†I like Phillips voice.

      • ¬†You must be hearing the backup singers because I can hardly hear him sing in his last song which was drowned by the noise created by the marching band. It is too Mumford and Sons..yyyy…

      • oh come’on they are just puppets of the show… and how could they choose an original song which is not yet released??? ( idk about PP song as i’ve read somewhere that the song is not original)

      • Jessica stated on AI last night that she chose her 3rd song (she wanted to do something more urban), she was speaking with Ryan on stage after she sang.¬† Go watch it again, she said it on national tv.¬† P2 chose his song and no, it was not an original.¬† Here is a quote from a site ‚ÄúHome‚ÄĚ was written by Andrew Pearson and Greg Holden. I‚Äôd say this is not so much my type of song, and it is not written to show off vocals. It is written to tell a story, and Philip‚Äôs vocals do a good job of telling that story.

  8. Sorry, I just don’t get what all the hype is about Phillip’s 3rd song “Home”. It was ok… nothing phenomenal, better than his first 2 songs yes, but nothing more.

    Good luck to both of them!

  9. I’m hoping my votes were enough. I voted 3,100 times for Jessica last night, I really hope she wins.

  10. I am ready for the results.America let’s see if you’ve chosen another Lee DeWyze or Kelly Clarkson!

    • Carrie Underwood is the most successful American Idol alumni and she won season 4. She has outsold Kelly Clarkson with 13 million sales from four albums, the fourth of which is still in the Top 10 and heading for at least a Gold.¬†

      Kelly Clarkson has sold 11.5 million from 5 albums.

      The reality is that while 7 of the previous 10 winners has Platinum or better debut albums, only Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson have had ongoing success with successive Platinum or Gold albums.

      By far the worst performing winner has been Lee DeWyze with a measly 149,000 sales, followed by Kris Allen with 330,00 and the only other one who did not go Platinum was Taylor Hicks who went Gold with 757,000 and has done nothing since.   

      • I know that Carrie is the one who has sold the most,it’s just I’m talking about not only America but the world,cause u know country music is not that popular in Europe.One more thing,Carrie Underwood is my favorite artist of all the time.EVER!just to inform u.

      • ¬†Hi Pythagoras475,

        Re: Kris, Taylor and Lee
        Is it because there are as many (thousands) of guys that sounds like them only better who are flipping burgers during the day to make a living and playing small clubs on weekends, just kidding.

        Anyone who is seriously involved in the music industry knew how difficult it is to get inside and become successful, only a handful gets
        a once in a lifetime opportunity.  So even with the help of the top producers in Idol , they can only do so much, eventualy it is the buying public that chooses whether you are hot or not.

  11. Branden, you shouldn’t have bet all of your money on P2. Maybe tonight you’ll become a homeless guy…

  12. It is interesting that Philip’s song is getting such praise, since he only sang for about 70 seconds, the rest of the song was oh oh oh’s, not really singing. How many current hit songs have a minute of singing, then the rest of the song consists of the singer sounding like someone is stepping on their toes?

    ¬†¬†¬† Don’t get me wrong, I liked the song, and what Philip did sing, he sang well. It is just that the song was like a vegie burger, kinda good for you, but there was no meat to it. Is Home a potential hit? Maybe, there are a lot more vegetarians than there used to be ūüôā

    • and where is Randy saying there should be a moment moment??…. the band had their moment in that song!!!!! LOL… all i can remember is whooo–ooo-oooh!

    • ¬†I was also wondering the same thing J.D.¬†¬†¬† I think one reason is¬† fans and even the judges have enough of the “samo samo” singers that belts out good sounds, on pitch most of the time and great cover on most popular songs from the past and present but they all sound the same.
      And frankly why I am so bored this year and I don’t find this season exciting is there are no new future artist that is unique and identifiable.

      Then comes Philip , a little different , sounds like Dave and hint of Paul
      Simon , recites his songs like Dylan, tells a story, looks like he is having a bowel movement while singing but is a good enough musician, not always a  perfect pitch, but is refreshing to listen to.

      So , vocally and a great cover singer Jessica should win.

      Entertainment value – Philip hands down.

      Just my opinion………………………………..

  13. Nigel Lythgoe¬†‚ÄŹ@dizzyfeet
    I agree with the judges. I was not a fan of Jessica’s record! Mind you I didn’t like Phillip’s first song so it balanced out for me.
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  14. Yes I am a Phillip fan because I not only know him but he is a unique artist that has a lot of his own stuff that is excellent. I personally don’t understand the arguing or popularity contest on here. They both are going to get amazing contracts and more idols that didn’t win have been more successful than the winners because idol controls a lot. Unfortunately not all, that song Jessica helped pick was neither her genre or good and she had a choice in choosing it. She doesn’t know who she is as an artist. She will get consumed by stereotypes and be another miley. I’m not bashing jessica the girl can sing but she is a cover artist. I don’t care who wins they will both get record deal but I guess we will see who sells more records…

    • LMAO! What does brother Nick (the one who can actually sing) think? Are we seriously concerned with what Joe Jonas thinks? My Gawd.

  15. Whatever the result tonight both Jessica and Phillip are winners. They will have their own music careers. I must admit I really love and like Jessica Sanchez to win AI season 11 but¬† whatever the result tonight I’ll accept it.

    • Totally agree, I am a P2 fan but at this point they are both winners and both will have amazing careers.¬† I do think because of her very large fan base that Jessica might have the edge.¬† Good Luck to both!

  16. Another southern WINNER. phillip is the next “AMERICAN” idol winner. the south will always have and pick the winners. skylar should be with phillip in the final two. it would be close but skylar could have won.

  17. hope they consider the body of works of the 2 finalist. one song cannot dictate whos the winner! but eventually one will become the next american idol! goodluck and may topvote getter wins! lol!

  18. Philip is good but Jessica is better.
    I admit Philip is good looking and can charm any girl he likes but i am a guy and to me AI is still a singing competition so my votes went to Jessica. She’s a rare talent. Even jimmy said she has a rare gift that doesn’t come very often. Talent like her comes only evry 15 or 20 years. Philip’s vocal talent is at par with some of the other finalists, like Elise, Colton, skylar..If this was Philip vs Hollie, I’ll give my vote to Philip. But Jessica has crazy vocal talent. If she loses, she will only lose a title. But her career will b just as great. I’m sure Philip will have a successful musical career as well bcause of a strong fanbase…Goodluck to both!

  19. If Phillip won AI,  2 to 3 years his nothing but Jessica I think she will be FABULOUS.

  20. Best of luck to you Jessica,You really deserve to win this based on all your overall performances and if your the runner up then never mind because I’m sure we are all going to see and hear a lot more from you in the very near future, well done honey bunny ūüôā

  21. Actually for me Jessica is my favourite – so not quite down to the best, but whoever gets the most votes. They are both winners already !

  22. OMG…OUCH… I got the worst hangover I have had in years. Got back to hotel about at 6:00 this morning and between hangover and jetlag, I think I’m dying. Yes..I may have just been in “Hangover 3″, lots of things things happened last night, Several parties and then I’m not sure what went on, I woke up at 5 and was on Venice Beach, far from the hotel and missing some clothes.

    The AI show was awesome!! I’ve gone to lots (easy 1000+) of live shows over the years and met lots of people in the biz, but this was a step up. The Nokia Theater and the AI set was very cool.

    U2 has always been one of my fav bands, so when I get to talk to Jimmy Iovine about U2 for like 10 minutes…made my night!! Only had limited chance and time to meet a few of the final 12, so I picked by favs. I got little hugs from Hollie & Elise. Got to talk to HOLLIE a bit and she is a knockout!! she was so sweet; after meeting her…I tell you this girl is going somewhere.

    Shook hands of Joshua and Colton, talked to Colton for about 10 mins. I have worked in local christan rock music, representing a few bands so wanted to talk to him the most. He’s a great very personable guy, currently in contact talks (I made a slight pitch to represent..lol). His and my music taste are very close talked about some of that and I asked him why he didn’t do a song by the Fray, he said they weren’t approved…sigh. Talked about Lifehouse and how much he wants to walk in their steps…christan cross-over.

    ¬†Lol..”Team CD”, Colton now knows you exist! BTW, yes, the contestants know bout idol net website and do read it, but they are not allowed to comment on any site like it. I said “hey” to Heejun and Creighton. No Jess or Phillip personal contact, they just didn’t have time to do. Got pics with Jimmy, Hollie, Elise, Colton, & Joshua.

    The show was a little bit of let down for me…I was hoping for more with the performances. Don’t get me wrong I loved all of it, just expecting a bit more for finals.

    Jess was great..(yes I said it)…and I guess in person..I did feel connection with her that I had never felt watching on TV. Seeing it live, the ballads weren’t as boring for me. I liked “I have nothing” the best by far. Did not like her third song, just wasn’t right, lots of audience did not like either.

    I was Disappointed that Phillip didn’t sing Volcanos. Liked his “Stand by Me”, didn’t like “Moving Out” that much. But..the performance of the night was “Home”. Everything worked on this…Phillip and the production were the evenings highlight, the audience went crazy for it.

    I felt sorry for Jess, that her song was just not right and I know she has it in her, so I sad for her. I don’t care who wins, either deserve it, though I think it would be best for both of them if Jess won. I didn’t vote BTW.

    oh forgot to mention..they took our sign away from us, said it was too big for where we were sitting and then all these other people had big signs…was a bummer…did anyone see me…I waved to you all!!

    Well, gotta go throw up again; hope I get feeling better by tonight.
    Still hope to meet Phillip & Jess tonight…but I know probably
    won’t, maybe get to meet more of the 12..or heck, I could be in heaven
    by seeing Hollie again ūüôā

      • wait!!!!!!!!!!!……… did u “team cd” is me……..c’mon…u kiddin’ me!

    • I was just kidding when I replied to someone that you were sleeping it off. I guess I was right….LOL

    • You are such a phony. ¬†I’d bet you haven’t left your basement in weeks. ¬†Yeah, they took your sign away. ¬†What a tool! ¬†No doubt you’ll start haunting the Duets site next. ¬†Get out of the house and get a life.

      • hey..stop saying like that branch!!….u have no right to say james ¬†a phony or not!…james already said ‘jessica was great’..isn’t enough!!..and how about me!..8 weeks ago, i always bashing jessica,..talking bad about her..now what, i’ve changed!!!..i’ve stopped from bashing jessica and try to love her….did i phony!!..not….!!..AND I ‘VE CHANGED MY NAME…huhh…..sorry if grammar sucks!!!….love jessica..love p2..love american idol!!!!!!

  23. I hope Phillips win…he deserves it.

    I don’t mind if my bet doesn’t get the title, Im hoping that Jessica will release her album soon so that she could prove to all her haters that she is not any ordinary singer…

    but if Jess wins AI, it would be just an icing on a cake…

  24. Jessica = Boring.  Can do  ballads only.  Otherwise she is both out of breath and out of tune.  I would definitely fall asleep after two of her songs.  Go Philip.

    • philip more boring, start singing that way and end singing that way, nothing better to show, cant even understand his song

      • chor and lauri2rich…..just stop bashing and support jessica, p2 okay….

      • @16eaac23a2364122fbd2e6457ab93f0c:disqus¬†You are so positive, I love your attitude!!!

  25. Nigel tweeted: #AMERICAN IDOL had a World record number of votes cast last night (132 Million).

  26. Jessica lacks originality.  She is SO predictable.  You want her to become American Idol???? Sad.

    • No i would rather have someone that can only sing 2 keys and plays a guitar and looks like he is in pain when singing. Gooooooo jessica

  27. Dial idol jrst tracks the number of votes they get fom using there system of voting and it only tracks calls not taxting and they have margins of errors when the votes are this close theres no predicting who will win lets do a quick test  if you voted for jessica like this if you didnt vote for jessica commet watch how much fans jessica has

    • Usually the vote from Hawaii is missing. Idon’t know if they do it intentionally to mislead the viewers.

  28. Your comment is contrasting. First you’ve said, JS when gets older will have lots of success then if she wins, she’ll fade away…which is which?

  29. check this out:
    Jessica Sanchez Declared American Idol 2012 Winner by Baptist Archbishop W. Dixon

    • Thanks for sharing~ ūüôā
      I don’t know him, but appreciate his sincerity. Finalists really did great. ūüôā

  30.  The Original song that was mentioned was ORIGINALLY sang by Greg Holden
    .. check youtube. Greg Holden Home.. AI and the Judges knew about this
    that is why they can not comment directly that it is a PP Original made
    for PP.

    • I don’t get all the comments about the source of the song. ¬†It is the song Phillip will release when he wins. ¬†You are trying to make something that doesn’t exist from focusing on semantics. ¬†No one is trying to deceive anyone here. ¬†No one has said Phillip wrote the song (just as no one said Jessica wrote hers.) ¬†If someone else has sung it before, great. Who cares? ¬†Phillip has recorded this song and it will be released when he wins. ¬†He did an AMAZING job on it both last night and on the studio version and I can’t wait to own it. ¬†

      • You don’t get them? I haven’t seen any videos of anyone else singing Jessica’s song either in this country or elsewhere.¬†

        Colton at least gave a shout out to the group whose arrangement he used. Why didn’t Phillip do the same? It was almost identical to the Holden version. I realize that Jessica didn’t write her song either. I knew that Phillip didn’t write his also. I just didn’t think, given the contrast being made that he was original and artistic as opposed to Jessica being a cover artist, that he would stick so closely to original arrangement and then present it as his own work.¬†

        That negates the comparison that a lot of people have been giving Phillip the edge on. They say, “He might not sing as well but he’s an “artist’s, artist, artist, who can also sing”. That argument no longer holds water. Even his version of Volcano was a copy cat version by an otherwise little known artist.¬†

        I was actually on board with the ARTIST thing up until this. Now that I know they are both simply cover artists, I believe that Jessica should definitely win because she has the better voice.

        If you are truly an original artist here is what you do:

        1. First either you search the data base for some submitted, meaningful lyrics or you write your lyrics yourself and make sure the song has a great “hook” and flow to it.

        2. Then you work with some musicians to compose the instrumental to go along with those lyrics

        3. Next you work on merging the lyrics and the music track in a creative and artistic way that is a product of your own vision for the piece. During this process you also insert the ad libs and other embellishments that brings the whole performance together.

        4. Now all you have to do is develop the on stage production and choose your back up singers and timing of the riffs and breaks. This is especially important because you can use this to stylize your music and add a signature that spans most of the rest of your work.

        That is being original. So don’t use that argument to say he deserves the title more than Jessica when it’s just simply not true. They are equal except for one huge factor and that is that she is the better technical singer of the two. Not the best of the season though IMO.

      • You don’t get them? I haven’t seen any videos of anyone else singing Jessica’s song either in this country or elsewhere.¬†

        Colton at least gave a shout out to the group whose arrangement he used. Why didn’t Phillip do the same? It was almost identical to the Holden version. I realize that Jessica didn’t write her song either. I knew that Phillip didn’t write his also. I just didn’t think, given the contrast being made that he was original and artistic as opposed to Jessica being a cover artist, that he would stick so closely to original arrangement and then present it as his own work.¬†

        That negates the comparison that a lot of people have been giving Phillip the edge on. They say, “He might not sing as well but he’s an “artist’s, artist, artist, who can also sing”. That argument no longer holds water. Even his version of Volcano was a copy cat version by an otherwise little known artist.¬†

        I was actually on board with the ARTIST thing up until this. Now that I know they are both simply cover artists, I believe that Jessica should definitely win because she has the better voice.

        If you are truly an original artist here is what you do:

        1. First either you search the data base for some submitted, meaningful lyrics or you write your lyrics yourself and make sure the song has a great “hook” and flow to it.

        2. Then you work with some musicians to compose the instrumental to go along with those lyrics

        3. Next you work on merging the lyrics and the music track in a creative and artistic way that is a product of your own vision for the piece. During this process you also insert the ad libs and other embellishments that brings the whole performance together.

        4. Now all you have to do is develop the on stage production and choose your back up singers and timing of the riffs and breaks. This is especially important because you can use this to stylize your music and add a signature that spans most of the rest of your work.

        That is being original. So don’t use that argument to say he deserves the title more than Jessica when it’s just simply not true. They are equal except for one huge factor and that is that she is the better technical singer of the two. Not the best of the season though IMO.

      • Reply to Taymaro: I always respected you for your knowledge of music. I admit you know a lot more about it than I do. Your last comment below made me question if you are or have been in the business. You explained ¬†so well the process of the way an original artist should proceed. This is something American Idol should have done somewhere along the way for the viewers. I am sincere about this, and there is no sarcasm involved. It’s just that your last post made me think you have experience working with musicians. I may see you on one of the other blogs. Until we meet again, take care. ¬†Sincerely, Legion

    • Knock knock. Hellooooo is anyone home? I think we all understand that P2 didn’t write the song. The vast majority knew it from the beginning, and guess what, we also understand that¬†Jessica didn’t write her song either.

      • On the X Factor UK what they did was both finalists sang the same song and the public voted on which version was the best. Don’t you think that would be a fairer way to do it.

        For the season I am talking about it just happened to be a cover of “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus and there were two male finalists.¬†

        I think that would be much better than having two people singing different songs in different styles and expecting the public to decide which did a better job when they could both very well do an equally good job but have different appeal to different audiences.

      • You might need some tweaks to that idea but yes I have no problem with that. Interested to see if Jimmy speaks tonght and if so what he has to say about the third song. Not sure if each were only given one song or whether they had several songs to choose from. If only one song then Jessica got the short end of the stick. Also unfair of the judges to rip into her song choice if that is the case. I suspect they had several songs, but still doesn’t mean that they are equal in quality.

    • No one ever said it was an original, just the song THEY chose to record if they win.¬† They each had a choice, P2 chose “Home”¬† and Jess chose whatever she sang, I can’t even remember.

      • People are saying that he is the better artist though AINoMore. He is a cover artist the same as Jessica. The only reason he changes things around is because he lacks the vocal prowess to sing the original melody.¬†

        Jessica has the edge because, since they are both cover artists, she has the best voice of the two. She should be your winner.

  31. ¬†My feeling coming out of last night is that given the last performances by both,¬† it was¬† not fair to Jess to go after her about her song choice.¬† The judges should remain on an even keel when it comes to that.¬† Yes, Phillip had a great final performance; however, to receive a standing ovation and then be praised for it didn’t sit well with me.¬† That is what may be the difference in her winning or not.¬† Sad that after all they have been through that may be the deciding factor.¬† I’m ok with either of them winning it, just saying……

  32. Please stop with the celebrities that want Jessica to win. Do we really care? The people that are voting and will buy the music is your average American.  Celebrities and their ilk are very out of touch with the rest of us.

    • It’s really funny because the singers that are rooting for Jessica aren’t very good, nor have they been in the spotlight the past couple years…

  33. Round1: Jessica Round2:Both
    Round3:Philippp Total: Philip Philip should win definitely and since day
    1 it has been pretty obvious that the wining is between Philip &
    Colton but now that Colton placed7 its without any doubt Philip to win
    this…Jessica is amazingly good and deserve to be there but im talking about the winner the winner is for sure Philip

  34. I want to see P2 sitting on a piano belting high notes… tsk tsk… Jessica’s “The Prayer” was the best for me…¬† Love P2 though…

  35. Phillip should win because he has an incredibly unique voice like no other. Many artists today sound exactly like Jessica. Jessica will be like Fantasia Barrino and fade away from the spot light until every forgets her. Whether or not Phillip wins tonight, he will go much farther than Jessica.

  36. Folks,¬†¬† Come on, i am a 57 yr old x-guitarist and played in¬†my band for 15 yrs, we even opened for Aerosmith back in late 70’S¬† in¬†Boston, and heart in the early 70’S¬†so i know talent, but¬† Philip ? terrible singer! always ends his verses in a down note with a drawn out, out of tune end.. American Idol lost one of the best last week! Joshua was AWSOME! Philip should have been voted off. WE are suppose to judge on the talent, note looks! And judges, especially ‘dawg’ man, you guys need your hearing checked… now, Jessica, she has great tallent, Beautiful¬†looks, and very classy! Philip dressed like a homeless person last night, no class!! And to use his health problem to get votes was very wrong! If philip wins tonight,¬†I will never watch America Idol again, and most of my friends and neighbors all agree! Sorry if you dont like the truth, but there it is….. DIAMOND.

    • You are a guitarist and your ear drums are probably shattered. Phillip’s voice is unique and obviously you do not understand that. P2 should win by a landslide…so go get your ears checked.¬†

    • Out of curiosity, how many times has Philip mentioned his health problems. Heard Ryan go on about it, as well as Jimmy, but what about Philip? Not saying he hasn’t but I’ve don’t recall him ever doing that to push for votes, even though it does seem to be a staple of reality TV.

    • Out of curiosity, how many times has Philip mentioned his health problems. Heard Ryan go on about it, as well as Jimmy, but what about Philip? Not saying he hasn’t but I’ve don’t recall him ever doing that to push for votes, even though it does seem to be a staple of reality TV.

    • DIAMOND…Bravo……I have spent the last 17 years as a lighting director and operator and I agree….it should be on talent….not looks.

    • Don’t make fun of the way Phillip dressed,¬†He never speaks of his health unless asked¬†with ¬†kidney stones¬†you¬†have to dress in loose fitting clothes.and it’s not right to talk about a person’s clothes, he was clean and neat no more should be said about it. If in fact you were in a band you’d know people like all kinds of music and¬†Phillip has a gift, people love him and love his voice and he sings and gives his music from his heart. He is awesome

    • I backed up the New York Dolls for a gig back in the 70’s. How should I have dressed for that gig (mini dress, evening gown or penguin suit)? Really don’t understand the majority of your post. First you say they should be judged on talent and not looks then ramble on about dressing like a homeless person and how beautiful JS is. To finish off your post you turn into a drama queen and say¬†that you and your friends will never watch again if she loses.

      The one thing we agree on though is that it was a shame to lose Joshua last week.

    • Than don’t even waste your time watching tonight!!¬† I’m so sure that Phillip has a world of class that¬†encompasses his whole being; he’s my new drug and I’m lovin’ every minute of it!!

  37. Change Nothing Lyrics:

    Everyday I’m waking up to déjà vu

    Someone it’s always telling me

    Not to stick with you

    Could it be the nights we spent to fixing us

    I never thought that we were really

    That messed up

    Should have shut my mouth and kept it all to myself

    Cause now they’ve got me feeling I should be with somebody else

    They say we don’t fit together

    I could do better

    There’s always something

    They don’t know the hell we’ve been through

    Cause when you hold me like you do

    That’s when I wanna change nothing

    There were times when we would kiss with bitter lips

    It don’t matter when the good ones taste like this

    Maybe we were broken more than once or twice

    What we got bad or not I’m not gonna compromise

    I should have never let that words get under my skin

    Cause all i ever wanted was to find a way through this

    They say we don’t fit together

    I could do better

    There’s always something

    They don’t know the hell we’ve been through

    Cause when you hold me like you do

    That’s when I wanna change nothing

    That’s when I wanna change nothing

    Should have shut my mouth and kept it all to myself

    No

    No

    Ooooh

    Yeah

    They say we don’t fit together

    I could do better

    There’s always something

    They don’t know the hell we’ve been through

    Cause when you hold me like you do

    That’s when I wanna change nothing

    That’s when I wanna change nothing

    That’s when I wanna change nothing

    That’s when I wanna change nothing

    Oh that’s when I wanna change nothing

  38. Change Nothing Lyrics:

    Everyday I’m waking up to déjà vu

    Someone it’s always telling me

    Not to stick with you

    Could it be the nights we spent to fixing us

    I never thought that we were really

    That messed up

    Should have shut my mouth and kept it all to myself

    Cause now they’ve got me feeling I should be with somebody else

    They say we don’t fit together

    I could do better

    There’s always something

    They don’t know the hell we’ve been through

    Cause when you hold me like you do

    That’s when I wanna change nothing

    There were times when we would kiss with bitter lips

    It don’t matter when the good ones taste like this

    Maybe we were broken more than once or twice

    What we got bad or not I’m not gonna compromise

    I should have never let that words get under my skin

    Cause all i ever wanted was to find a way through this

    They say we don’t fit together

    I could do better

    There’s always something

    They don’t know the hell we’ve been through

    Cause when you hold me like you do

    That’s when I wanna change nothing

    That’s when I wanna change nothing

    Should have shut my mouth and kept it all to myself

    No

    No

    Ooooh

    Yeah

    They say we don’t fit together

    I could do better

    There’s always something

    They don’t know the hell we’ve been through

    Cause when you hold me like you do

    That’s when I wanna change nothing

    That’s when I wanna change nothing

    That’s when I wanna change nothing

    That’s when I wanna change nothing

    Oh that’s when I wanna change nothing

  39. I ¬†just placed a bet of US$500 that JESSICA SANCHEZ will be crowned 2012 American Idol. I agree that the last song Change Nothing was not that impressive..the song not Jessica. My prediction is based on her all performances which are most “top-notch”.¬† Sorry P2 fans.

  40. P2¬† was terrible! Always sings outta key! Draws out all his verses and ends up outta key! Plus, he has no class, dresses like a bum….¬† If he wins, we wont watch A>I> anymore, something is wrong there if he wins. or the contest is fixed. I meen, they are suppose to be judged on tallent and not ‘how cute’! And P2 has no tallent. sorry….

    • You’re the only one who see him as a cute man, well I don’t. And don’t talk if you know nothing about music.

    • Phillip Phillips CD is the only one that will sell, time will show you.¬†“It’s The Time Of The Season for Loving” (Zombies), Go Phillip, bring it on home!!¬† America Loves You Buddy!!

  41. can’t wait to the results..wanna watch colton’s performance!!!!!..

  42. I am a huge fan of JSan’s vocal power and how she seems to be collected and poised,at such a young age,just like what JIovine said,give her two more years and she will be a force to reckon with in the music industry..However,P2 last night made a last-minute fan out of me,his 2nd and 3rd songs were just so damn goooood,he played the guitar and sung with so much emotion,i loved his rendition of Movin Out,it’s so contemporary..I wish them both well in their newfound fame and they are both deserving of all the accolades..Now,it’s time to STOP the bashing and hating,can we all just get along????

  43. Jessica all the way BABY! ! ! ! LOL. ¬†We had everyone’s phones dialing up for this American Idol winner! ! ! ¬†¬†

    • We were dialing those phones till weeee hours of the night. ¬†LOL. ¬†Go Jessica GO! ¬†GO JESSICA GO! ! ! !

  44. 50 votes to Phil Phillips!! And no, I’m not a 12 year old girl ūüôā

    Unfortunately, Idol has had this competition rigged from the beginning and Sanchez will pull through…I would put a lot of money on it that Jessica’s “vote off” and overly dramatic save was strictly for ratings and a desperate attempt to pimp her right into the finale. I’ve noticed over the years that Idol has done certain things for ratings, however this year it was out of control. If she wins, I will be hanging up the Idol hat for good.¬† ¬†

  45. and another thing is we are all like “WOW” about Jessica because of her “age” but would all the judges and people would be like¬† “O mY God” if she was older???!!!! i said before she can sing amazingly good but hey that Question think about it….we are talking about the winner and the winner it doesnt matter the age but being the winner and i think to be FAIR the winner is Philip he won last night and he’s been in Finale since day1

  46. Some people who just watched the show for the first time complained that Phillip’s last song was not his original song. Well, Jessica’s last song also was not her original song. Did you guys know that since season 9, the top 2 will not be given a new song as coronation song but instead they have to pick any song that could be their coronation song with an inspirational lyrics and wow melody??

  47. I’m so amused how bloggers in this site are surprised at the rudeness going on. Like this is the first time they heard of rudeness.¬†
    American Idol invented rudeness. For so many seasons, it had Simon Cowell–the guy who graduated from the Sadam Hussein School of diplomacy.

    • Last year nobody got this bad, everybody hated on Scotty for the most part but it never was this bad.¬† Nobody put him down¬†as bad as Phillip, they made fun of him a litte was more like it, Everybody for the most part wanted James to win.

  48. philip’s home is not original, it was originally sang by greg holden. he is a fraud!

    • Why not read a bit before posting. You might then have realized your post besides being irrelevent, has been regurgitated about a million times and¬†looking a bit sillier each time.

  49. Phillip is not commercial and therefore will have trouble in the real world when signing a contract. 

  50. who really cares about what Pia says
    where is she now
    what has she done
    who says her opinion is so great
    gosh get real people

  51. Phillip honestly sounds the same
    in every single song that he performs and almost never has not had his guitar with him. I realize it’s his own style but to be an American idol you need to be able to
    perform all different types of music and he is not capable of that. Jessica can sing like no other.and can sing just about anything. Jessica ftw!

    • Unfortunately neither of them proved to be very flexible. When JS tried to broaden her range by singing up tempo disco, or¬†Queen, and Tina Turner songs she proved to be a very limited artist.

      In the end you had the choice between P2 who could take many songs and turn it into a song that sounded very similar to each other. If you like the style you problably became a big fan. If you didn’t it then sounded blah. With Jessica she has a big voice, but tended to only excel in Diva songs and ballads. If you loved the style of music you were going to become addicted, because like I said she has the voice. If not a Diva or ballad lover then she left you feeling a bit empty.

      The problem with such contrasting styles is that there is little middle ground and you end up with a love hate relationship.

  52. Ya know its funny, if the judges would of said Jessica did great on her last song(which she did)¬† then all this hoopla about it being not right for her would not be happening in the media….I am glad they might not be coming back next year because they are always pushing one contestant over another because of ratings or to make it closer!!!¬† (Whether it be Jessica or Phillips or Joshua or any of the others, thats not the¬† point)

  53. I want a WGWGT winner this year! WoNDERFUL GIRL WITH GREAT TALENT! Jews is the best

    • ¬†Voting is all done, closed, terminated….now shut the F up about voting or you get the most “Annoying Jess fan” of the year award!!

  54. jessica is a great and true singer and artist… philip is boring when she sing!!!

  55. both of them are winners already… the title as the new “American Idol” is just a bonus! ūüôā

  56. If Phillip wasn’t good looking, and AI didn’t have more girls than guys watching and voting, this wouldn’t even be a contest.¬† Actually, it still may have been a contest, but without Phillip in the finals.

  57. Trivia Quiz
    Who said “I wouldn’t survive ten minutes on ‘American Idol”

    Answer provided in 30 mins

  58.  Trivia Quiz
    Who said “I wouldn’t survive ten minutes on ‘American Idol”

    Michael Stipe of R.E.M.

  59. phillip phillips rocks he is the best uniqueness and originality define him i want him to win so bad!!!! come on phillip phillips fans come on and vote he deserves to win and remember he is the cutest thing ever

  60. You can all talk about how horrible he/she is, do any of you have the balls to go on American idol? No. 

  61. What do Hotspot Shield, Magic Jack, Skype and Globe have in common?¬† They are four of several voting tools used by many Filipinos overseas to cast illegal votes.¬† Many of these fans make open admissions to such unethical practice; just Google it.¬† I understand supporting one’s own in what seems to be a noble cause, but circumventing the rules to get the desired result is simply wrong.¬† The fact that the Philippine media encourages such egregious behavior by promoting these unauthorized voting vehicles is just shameful.

    This season showed much promise in the beginning, but I never expected it to be pervaded with devious machinations from all directions – by the producers, by the judges and, sadly, by the fans.¬† I guess that integrity has now just become a small price to pay for the sake of “good” entertainment.

    Incidentally, before the veracity of my comment is questioned, please know that   cast my votes (legally) last night between Jessica and Phillip according to how many of my votes I thought each deserved.  I am also Filipino-American.

  62. Not my favorite Idol show this year even though the over all talent was superior to past years. I have watched every show since the beginning. I have come to a conclusion that I must not know anything about talent. As far as I can see the better talent has been eliminated. I have no desire to even watch the final show tonight taking 2 hours to drag out the selection of the best of two of the weaker  performers. 

  63. Jessica should have won, once again they vote for a male, when will the public vote for talent.. Every year American Idol gets worse that is why they keep losing viewers.. 

  64. Well, what does it tell ya when the guys have been winning on american idol for the past 6 years or so?¬† Jessica Sanchez should have won the American idol.¬† She had the better voice.¬† Here we go again, the guy with the guitar. All those teeny bopper girls just vote vote vote.¬† They must vote all night long. Those votes should be limited like Dancing with the Stars.¬† I’m not saying Philip Phillips wasn’t good and talented and give him credit when he can write his own songs and play his guitar, but he sure didn’t have the voice like Jessica.

  65. im very dissappointed w/ american idol….this is singing competition …for the best voice but just for one piece of ppsongs ,,,thats funny really…better to watch x factor….what a waste of time and money just to vote for the best but this is all weve got…worse result ever…im more happy if joshua won..

  66. PP did NOT write that song :

    ‚ÄúHome‚ÄĚ was written by songwriter Drew Pearson, who‚Äôs worked with more than his share of Idol alums before, including Adam Lambert, Casey Abrams and Lee DeWyze. It was originally meant for British artist Greg Holden, but was submitted to Idol as a possible finale number by Pearson‚Äôs publishing company, Pulse recordings. I wrote a song like that when I was 15. But could sing mine on key.

  67. im very dissappointed with american idol ,its a big joke .
    Jessica Sanchez¬† shes a good singer !!!!! but of course shes a asian we all knew that their not going to ler her to win. and thats my honest opinion….

  68. i AM DONE WITH WATCHING AMERICAN IDOL JESSICA DESERVE TO WIN YOU TOOK OFF JOSHUA WHO WAS GOOD AND THE SKYLAR THE SHOW OR THE PEOPLE DON’T KNOW WHAT A SINGER IS. THE SHOW WAS VERY BORING FOR ME AND WILL NOT WATCH IT EVER AGAIN.DEE FENSIN

  69. The judges put Jessica down on the final nite and that sealed her fate. I did not think Phillip Phillips even came close to beating her. The fix is in and I will never watch this show again.

    Rollin Miller, Ohio

  70. Well, the way it is…is that racism and white supremacy¬†in the U.S. is still prevailing…I mean..the guy who sings like a cat whenever he couldn’t reach a tone and the judges thought of it as his own “expression” is something that boggles me..If it was joshua and jessica competing in the end, I didn’t really matter because they are both great singers…but a guy who sings like a dead cat whenever the tone is too high…come on now america..you know that is a major set up..

  71. Well Fox has blown it now! I’m not watching this fixed program and the judges are out of order standing up all the time for who they like and its just for CWGWG
    Good luck Jessica we know you are the best. In2 years we will forget PP but not you all the very best!
    P. S bring back Simon

  72. This time the poll went wrong!

    Obviously Phillips fans were busy voting! Yeyy!! ūüėÄ

  73. This time the poll went wrong!

    Obviously Phillips fans were busy voting! Yeeyy! ūüėÄ

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