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The season 11 results show featured some fantastic performances and even a surprise proposal, but in the end it all came down to crowining a new American Idol. Is it the singer-songwriter Phillip Phillips or the pop songstress Jessica Sanchez who claimed the ultimate prize?
Before host Ryan Seacrest made the final announcement, all of the Top 12 contestants returned to sing with each other and such music superstars as Chaka Khan, Neil Diamond, and Reba McEntire.
Rihanna also took the stage as did Idol judges Jennifer Lopez and Steve Tyler, all of whom enjoyed long sets. Phillip sang "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" and "Bad Moon Rising" with Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty, and Jessica performed "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" with the "original Dreamgirl" Jennifer Holliday. The two finalists also shared a duet of the love song "Up Where We Belong."
After a record-breaking 132 million votes were cast, the winner of American Idol's 11th season is... Phillip Phillips, who hugged a teary Sanchez and then stoically began to sing his new single "Home" while confetti rained down on the stage.
Halfway through the song, Phillips finally got choked up and couldn't continue. Instead, the guitar-slinging American Idol stopped to hug his parents and his fellow contestants.
Watch Phillip's rendition of "Home"!