Why did Phillip Phillips win?

IDOL'S TOP TWO. "American Idol" finalists Phillip Phillips (L) and Jessica Sanchez (R) during a segment in the show's finale, May 23, 2012. Screengrab from FOX television broadcast.

Jessica Sanchez lost her bid to become American Idol’s first female winner after a long drought. Host Ryan Seacrest announced the winner at the end of a two-hour, star-studded season finale that gripped Filipinos all over the world. Phillips bested Sanchez, ending the weeks-long competition in the search for the “next American superstar.” The finale was dubbed as the battle of opposites: the sassy “diva-in-training” pitted against the dreamy, boy-next-door singer with a guitar as his best friend. Why did Phillips win American Idol?

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