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.