‘American Idol’: Jessica, Phillip in final showdown

Rappler.com
Sanchez and Phillips are the last ones standing on the "Idol" stage, and are now awaiting who will be crowned America's favorite singer

MANILA, Philippines – Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips battled for America’s votes Wednesday night, May 22 (Thursday Morning, May 23) on the performance night of the hit reality competition “American Idol.”

Sanchez and Phillips are the last ones standing on the “Idol” stage, and are now awaiting who will be crowned America’s favorite singer.

Each contestant sang 3 songs: one selected by ‘Idol’ creator Simon Fuller, one song they previously performed in the competition, and one original song.

The two singers alternated in performing during the night, with Jessica going first.

During round one, Sanchez, the 16-year-old “diva in training,” performed the Whitney Houston hit “I Have Nothing.” Phillips, meanwhile, sang “Stand By Me,” a Ben E. King original.

In round 2, the contestants performed songs they previously sang in the competition: Andrea Boccelli’s “The Prayer” for Jessica, and Billy Joel’s “Movin’ Out” for Phillip.

Finally, original songs were the theme of the final round. Sanchez sang the ballad “Change Nothing,” while Phillip performed the song “Home.”

The judges did not comment after each performance during the first two rounds, but gave their reactions after both contestants already finished singing.

The judges gave round one to Jessica; split in round 2; while round 3 went to Phillip.

The results of the “Idol” finale will be known on Wednesday, May 23 (Thursday, May 24 in Manila). – Rappler.com

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