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‘American Idol’ finale features marriage proposal
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - “American Idol” can count a marriage proposal as part of its 11-season history.
DeGarmo, a runner-up in season three, tearfully accepted, her head bobbing up and down.
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“American Idol” viewers cast a record 132 million votes in the showdown between bluesy guitar man Phillip Phillips and teenage songbird Jessica Sanchez, host Ryan Seacrest said during Wednesday’s finale.
The pair had to wait for the two-hour finale to unfold before finding out the winner. Fox filled the time with performances by the top 12 finalists and guest stars including Neil Diamond, Rihanna, Reba McEntire, Chaka Khan and John Fogarty.
Last year’s contest between winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina drew more than 122 million votes.
Sanchez, 16, of Chula Vista, Calif., and Phillips, 21, of Leesburg, Ga., are competing for a recording contract. They made their final stand Tuesday, each performing three songs for the TV viewers choosing between them.
Phillips had better luck with his potential future single selection, a slow tempo acoustic tune titled “Home,” which the judges said recalled artists like Fleet Foxes, Paul Simon and Mumford and Sons. At one point during Phillips‘ final performance, the pawn shop worker was accompanied by a marching band.
It was a hit with the panel. Jackson beamed, “I love the song. I love you. I love the production. I love the marching band. Everything about that was perfect.”
High school student Sanchez and competitor Phillips dazzled the judges in Tuesday’s initial rounds. The panel declared that she won the first matchup featuring song selections by “Idol” creator Simon Fuller, soaring with Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” while Phillips delivered a solid rendition of Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me.”
“It’s like a battle of the opposites,” said Lopez. “How do you compare?”
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