The 11th season of American Idol ended with 20-year-old Phillip Phillips taking home the title. He beat 16-year-old Filipino-Mexican-American contestant Jessica Sanchez. The show’s finale was held at the at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday evening, May 23 (Thursday morning, May 24, Philippine time). Phillips’ win continues the men’s winning streak in the talent show. The last time a female contestant won was in the show’s sixth season, when Jordin Sparks took home the title.
An ABS-CBNNews.com report noted: "Many TV critics believe Phillips sealed his victory after his performance of his first single, ’Home,’ which earned the only standing ovation from judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, during the final performance show on Tuesday, May 22."
The report also pointed out: "However, some (TV critics) thought this was unfair for Sanchez, who was saddled with a mediocre first single, ’Change Nothing,’ a pop ballad that the judges said didn't suit the musical style of the home-schooled student."
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