Phillip Phillips wins American Idol

Posted at 10:03 PM, May 23, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-24 00:17:49-04

LOS ANGELES -- The guitar slinging crooner Phillip Phillips came out on top Wednesday night to take the American Idol crown.

The 21-year-old singer from Leesburg, Ga. was selected over 16-year-old Jessica Sanchez. He received a standing ovation from Idol judges after his Tuesday's song finale "Home."  

Phillips is Idol's 11th season winner, making it five times in a row a male performer has been selected.

The decision came after a record high 132 million votes were cast after Tuesday's final performances.