American Idol Season 11 Winner Announced!

Well, after four months and a record-setting 132 million votes, it’s official: Phillip Phillips is the 11th American Idol.

After four male champions in a row, many “Idol” fans were no doubt hoping that runner-up Jessica Sanchez, arguably the technically best vocalist of Season 11, would be the girl to break the female curse on “Idol.” And I suspect that “Idol’s” powers-that-be were rooting for Jessica as well.

And it’s true that–considering how some of “Idol’s” biggest success stories (Kelly, Carrie, Fantasia, Jordin) have been the female winners, and that in the real world, female pop singers dominate the charts–it might’ve been better for “the franchise” if Jessica had won. But “Idol” fans don’t care about “the franchise”; they simply vote for whom they like, and they vote with their hearts as well as with their ears.

Outraged conspiracy theorists will surely cry racism or sexism, or some other “ism,” when lamenting Jessica’s defeat, but maybe the reason why Phillip won was just more simple, and more innocent, than all that. Maybe viewers just liked Phillip’s music more. I don’t think Phillip coasted to the winner’s circle on boyish charm alone; the guy is undeniably talented, and I believe he has it in him to make a great record. I just hope it is a great-selling record too, since, let’s face it, the show’s credibility IS on the line.

However, I think there is a place for both Phillip and Jessica on the charts, as long as they both record strong material that plays to their very different strengths and very different fanbases. If Iovine does right by these two, then we may end up with two “winners,” so to speak, of Season 11. And that would be the best thing for “the franchise” of all.

Which ‘Idol’ was the real winner for you? Feel free to gush about your favorite Idol in the comment box below!

Source: Yahoo News

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