Phillip Phillips Wins American Idol
May 24, 2012 at 9:27 AM (PT)
Former pawn shop worker PHILLIP PHILLIPS is the winner of Season 11 of AMERICAN IDOL, beating out high school student JESSICA SANCHEZ as 132 million votes were cast. When RYAN SEACREST announced the winner, SANCHEZ quickly turned to PHILLIPS and gave him a big hug. The rest of the season's finalists then joined them on stage.
SCOTTY MCCREERY, the winner last season, presented PHILLIPS with a trophy, and handed an acoustic guitar to SEACREST.
"PHILLIP, in this incredible moment, we’re going to give you this to do what you do best and what you’ve done all season, which is impress us on this stage,” said SEACREST, handing the guitar to PHILLIPS. "Congratulations. You did it!"
Confetti the fell as PHILLIPS played the guitar and sang, "Home," the song he performed TUESDAY night.