‘American Idol’ finale review: Is Jessica Sanchez the season 11 winner?

Who came out on top?

Bust out your hankies — “American Idol” is over. Did we at least get a worthy send-off? At least we did get the opportunity to see some stellar performances, even if we have the feeling that this result is one that people will be talking about for some time.

Let’s be honest here — if we were just going to be talking about the results and the results only, this would take only two sentences to write. Since that is hardly as much fun, let’s talk about some of the performances from the two hours!

Top 12, “Runaway Baby” – Couldn’t we just have Joshua singing this alone, like he did earlier this season? Then again, couldn’t Joshua just do the entire show alone?

Phillip Phillips with John Fogerty – How cool does this have to be? While we’re pretty sure most young people watching have no idea who John Fogerty is, this is the sort of thing you’re going to brag about for the rest of your life. This rocked, to be frank.

Joshua Ledet and Fantasia Barrino – Joshua was from this standpoint the best of the season, but there’s no question here that this was a little too much church for our liking. Plus, we couldn’t understand the majority of what Fantasia was singing.

The top 6 women with Chaka Kahn – At this moment, it’s still hard to fathom how Shannon Magrane gets more singing time than Elise Testone. That’s all we have to say about that.

Rihanna, “Where Have You Been” – Really? Is this a tribute to the song from the Motel 6 commercials?

Skylar Laine with Reba McEntire – If you are a fan of Reba’s, this was a slice of country music heaven. At this same time, why did Skylar have to rob Mozart’s closet to get that outfit?

The top 6 men (minus Phillip Phillips) with Neil Diamond – At this point, Neil has to hate singing “Sweet Caroline.” After all, the guy has to sing it just about as much as we have to hear a rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” on this show.

Jennifer Lopez – Just in case you didn’t have enough J.Lo earlier this season, she performed a set during what many believe to be her final show. While we understand her being emotional about it and all, couldn’t this time have been used instead for Colton or Elise to have a superstar duet?

Hollie Cavanagh with Jordin Sparks – In furthering our opinion that Hollie should start up a girl group, this was one of the night’s best collaborations mostly because both singers seemed firmly in their element.

Bee Gees tribute – The top 5 guys came out for a solid set of performances in the memor of Robin Gibb — it was a nice moment, even if they had to put it together at the last minute.

Jessica Sanchez with Jennifer Holliday – There was so much fierceness on the screen, we don’t even know where to begin. Stunning — and we are going to love them for quite some time with a reprise of “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going.”

Aerosmith – Can anyone say awesome fast enough? They are just as good as ever, and were easily the best rockers during the entire show.

After Phillip and Jessica performed one more song together, we now have the results. Both of the finalists had great moments this season, but there could only be one person to ultimately claim the title — though they both have a great shot at a career.

The winner for this season is Phillip Phillips, and Ryan Seacrest almost said it in the most matter-of-fact manner imaginable. We have another male winner, and it’s sure to anger some and delight others.

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