American Idol Finale: Why Phillip Phillips Will Win Over Jessica Sanchez

on May 23 2012 12:19 PM

Will Phillip Phillips win American Idol over Jessica Sanchez? Singer-songwriter Phillips is the favorite over teen sensation Sanchez to be the next American Idol, according to sportsbook.com.

Phillips is given 1 to 4 odds of winning the 11th season of American Idol, meaning you'd have to wager $4 on Phillips just to get $1 in profit.

Phillip Phillips' performance of Home last night earned him a standing ovation and high praise from judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.

Everything about that was perfect, Jackson said.

Lopez said Home was a Phillip song and there is nothing on the radio that sounds like that.

Tyler said, by virtue of your vulnerability and style you made the world your home.

Sanchez has 5 to 2 odds of winning, making it clear that odds-makers believe the 16-year-old singer is unlikely to win the hit Fox show despite coming on strong in the beginning of the competition.

No matter what happens Wednesday, Jessica Sanchez said she's enjoyed the journey.

I love that I'm with [Phillip] in the top two. It's amazing, she said. He's goofy and he's funny and he is an amazing artist and an amazing person overall.

Sanchez's performance of Change Nothing received a mix reaction from the judges.

Randy didn't love the song, Lopez said Jessica sang really well and Tyler said he didn't feel the song was appropriate for Jessica, even though he said she's a good singer.

Phillips acknowledged that the competition is out of his hands.

We got to the point that whatever happens, happens, the 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Leesburg, Ga., said. Phillips is the only Idol contestant never to face elimination this season.

Besides Phillips' talent, there are other signs that point to him winning American Idol tonight. The last four American Idol winners were male, gossipandgab.com points out. The last time a female won was Jordin Sparks in 2007.

One Jessica Sanchez fan appeared to sound like they see the handwriting on the wall and that Sanchez will not be the next American Idol.

JESSICA SANCHEZ , your [sic] a wonderful singer no matter what , filipinos are very proud of you! :)), user jayjay0001 posted on the official American Idol website.