So Jessica Sanchez lost to Phillip Phillips in American Idol 11. For the 5th consecutive time, a White Guy With Guitar won the competition - (from season 7 to 10) David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery.
Jessica had her moments during the finale, though, which was topped by her duet with Jennifer Holliday of the song And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going. The duet came about when Jessica sang that song during the top 4 performance night wherein she got a standing ovation from the judges.
Anyway, despite only ending as a runner-up, Jessica will start working on her first single soon with Casablanca Records.
Thalia (yes, Marimar herself, aw!), who is the husband of Tommy Mottola (co-owner of the label), tweeted: “WOWgreat news! #TommyMottola just call me from #AmericanIdol & he is confirm to work in the first #JessicaSanchez CD! #MexicanFilipinoPower”
Meanwhile, Phillip Phillips got the majority of the 132 million votes after the finale performance show. He was quite emotional when he was declared the winner, crying during the last parts of the song Home, which is to be his first official single as the winner.
He ended his performance by walking down the stage to hug his family who was equally emotional for the win.
Some critics say Phillip used his being critically ill to get sympathy votes. He has kidney problems and was even in the hospital at one point during the competition. He was reported to have a live-in doctor. He needed to have a surgery, delaying it only because of the finale.
Watch the announcement of winner in the video below.