American Idol Phillip Phillips Finale Performance
During the packed one-hour performance show the final two sang three songs: one chosen by Idol creator Simon Fuller, one of their own choosing and their potential first single. And while Phillips and Jessica Sanchez, 16, both gave it their all in a last-ditch effort to win viewer votes, fan favorite Sanchez stumbled during her routines.
Covering Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” at the request of Fuller, Sanchez donned a floor-length black gown to belt out the late singer’s 1993 hit from the Bodyguard soundtrack. Though judge Jennifer Lopez was torn between Sanchez and Phillips — who sang Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” — Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler agreed the teen overpowered Phillips in the first round.
But Lopez was especially impressed with Phillips’ second song, “Movin’ Out,” which he first performed during Idol’s Billy Joel theme week. While praising Sanchez for her reprisal of “The Prayer,” Lopez thought her overall performance lacked a wow-factor. “I’ve heard Jessica do that before and I just feel like this was authentic Phillip,” she reasoned.
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