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.
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