Phillip Phillips: Wins ‘American Idol’

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It was a hit with the panel. Jackson, beaming, exclaimed: “I love the song. I love you. I love the production. I love the marching band. Everything about that was perfect.”

Phillips has more in common with the last four winners than gender alone. Like the four winners before him, Phillips is a young Caucasian guitar player, also known to “Idol” watchers as WGWGs — white guys with guitars.

Last year’s winner was Scotty McCreery, preceded by Lee DeWyze, Kris Allen and David Cook. Besides being the last female to win, the African-American Sparks also was the last non-white.

The contest between McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina drew more than 122 million votes, the record that was broken Wednesday.

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