'American Idol' Top 2: Who Won Each Week?
Top 25 ? Semi Finals
Jessica Sanchez ? ''Love You I Do'' by Jennifer Hudson
Jessica burst onto the live Idol stage with a performance of ''Love You I Do'' from Dreamgirls that was not only sassy and energetic, but displayed her vocal prowess.
Phillip Phillips ? ''In the Air Tonight'' by Phil Collins
Phillips' first live performance on the Idol stage was compelling and established him as a contender, but could not match Jessica's energy and peerless vocal chops.
Top 13 ? Stevie Wonder/Whitney Houston
Jessica Sanchez ? ''I Will Always Love You'' by Whitney Houston
''I Will Always Love You'' was Jessica's breakthrough moment. A truly knockout vocal performance — she not only upstaged Phillip, but everyone else in the competition.
Phillip Phillips ? ''Superstition'' by Stevie Wonder
Phil reprised his audition song for Stevie Wonder week, but this time he had his guitar in hand. Phillip proved he could re-invent a song, but his gravelly vocals come up short.
Top 11 ? Year They Were Born
Jessica Sanchez ? 1995's ''Turn the Beat Around'' by Gloria Estefan
Jessica stumbled with a fast-and-furious song. Once she lost her timing as she tried to work the stage, she never got back on track.
Phillip Phillips ? 1991's ''Hard to Handle'' cover by the Black Crowes
Phillip displayed a confidence lacking in Jessica's performance as he growled his way through this through this '90s rock cover of an Otis Redding classic.
Top 10 ? Billy Joel
Jessica Sanchez ? ''Everybody Has a Dream''
Jessica came roaring back during Billy Joel week with a powerful performance of ''Everybody Has a Dream'' that featured high notes and toe-curling vocal runs. It didn't hurt that the lyrics — about perusing one's dreams — seemingly told the story of Jessica's young life.
Phillip Phillips ? ''Movin' Out''
Phillip's attempt to change up the melody of a Billy Joel classic was not an improvement. He was out-sung and out-classed by Jessica.
Top 9 ? Songs of Their Idols
Jessica Sanchez ? ''Sweet Dreams'' by Beyoncé
The Top 9 found Jessica on a roll! She wowed the audience with a slowed-down version of Beyoncé's ''Sweet Dreams.'' Jessica continued to establish herself as a contender for the crown.
Phillip Phillips ? ''Still Rainin''' by Jonny Lang
Phil came so close to winning the week with an absolutely superb cover of Jonny Lang's ''Still Rainin'.'' Phil didn't change up this bluesy tune, and for the first time it was easy to imagine the type of music the singer would make post-Idol.
Top 8 ? Songs of the '80s
Jessica Sanchez ? ''How Will I Know'' by Whitney Houston
After several ballads in a row, Jessica went upbeat. Her version of ''How Will I Know'' didn't reveal much beyond the original, but there was no denying her vocal abilities. She remained the victor.
Phillip Phillips ? ''That's All'' by Genesis
Phillip, battling health problems throughout the competition, seemed to be running out of steam midway through the competition. On this Genesis cover, the vocals were tuneless, and the arrangement uninspired. Jessica's energetic performance took the week.
Top 7 ? Songs from This Decade
Jessica Sanchez ? ''Stuttering'' by Jazmine Sullivan
It didn't matter if you'd ever heard of R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan once Jessica nailed the vocal. Shockingly, the next night, Jessica was eliminated and then rescued by the judges who used their one-time save. She wasn't America's winner top 7, but she still out-sung and out-performed Phillip.
Phillip Phillips ? ''Give a Little More'' by Maroon 5
Phil sailed through the top 7 with a lackluster rendition of ''Give Me a Little More.'' Even the judges, who are typically complimentary, called him out on his lack of ''wow'' factor. Elimination notwithstanding, Jessica kicked Phillip's butt this week.
Top 7 Redux ? Current Song From Billboard Charts/Soul Song From a Previous Decade
Jessica Sanchez ? ''Fallin''' by Alicia Keys/''Try a Little Tenderness'' by Otis Redding
After Jessica's near-death experience the week before, she came back even stronger with a lovely ''Fallin''' and an Otis Redding cover that's a little too growly, but fierce nonetheless.
Phillip Phillips ? ''U Got It Bad'' by Usher/''Midnight Hour'' by Wilson Pickett
Phil continued to coast his way through the competition with a rearranged version of Usher's ''U Got It Bad'' that sounded like every other song he had flipped for the show. ''Midnight Hour'' was a decent cover of a Wilson Pickett classic, but nothing special. Jessica continued to kill.
Top 6 ? Queen/Personal Choice
Jessica Sanchez ? ''Bohemian Rhapsody''/''Dance With My Father'' by Luther Vandross
The notoriously difficult ''Bohemian Rhapsody'' was completely out of Jessica's grasp. ''Dance With My Father,'' a song she dedicated to her dad, who was about to embark on a military tour, was touching, but not one of her better ballads.
Phillip Phillips ? ''Fat Bottomed Girls''/''The Stone'' by Dave Matthews
''Fat Bottomed Girls'' was a fun throwaway, but it was Phillip's cover of his musical hero Dave Matthew's ''The Stone'' that was not only the singer's best up until that point, but one of the best performances of the night. Phillip took the week.
Top 5 ? British Pop/Songs of the '60s
Jessica Sanchez ? ''Proud Mary'' by Ike and Tina Turner/''You Are So Beautiful'' by Joe Cocker
Not a great week for Jessica, but she came out on top anyway. Her version of ''Proud Mary'' was cheesy at best, but she made up for it somewhat with a rendition of ''You Are So Beautiful'' that was pretty, but lacked emotional depth.
Phillip Phillips ? ''The Letter'' by the Box Tops/''Time of the Season'' by the Zombies
Phillip struck out on both tunes. His rearrangement of ''The Letter'' — excising the strong melody — left it tuneless and dull. His choice of the Zombies classic for his second pick proved to be a complete misstep — his falsetto on the chorus completely failed him. Jessica didn't have to try hard to take the week.
Top 4 ? California Dreamin'/Songs I Wish I Wrote
Jessica Sanchez ? ''Steal Away'' by Etta James/''And I Am Telling You'' by Jennifer Holiday
Jessica does an admirable job with Etta James' ''Steal Away'' even if her growl was too pronounced and the subject matter beyond her grasp. Her version of ''And I Am Telling You'' wasn't a reinvention, but was a vocal master class nonetheless.
Phillip Phillips ? ''Have You Ever Seen the Rain'' by Creedence Clearwater Revival/''Volcano'' by Damien Rice
Phillip's performance of ''Have You Ever Seen the Rain'' was solid, if a bit too jaunty for the somber subject matter. But It was his haunting cover of Damien Rice's ''Volcano'' that won the week for him. Topping himself once again, Phil caught a second wind in the 11th hour, finally surpassing young Jessica.
Top 3 ? Judges' Choice/Personal Choice/Jimmy's Choice
Jessica Sanchez ? ''My All'' by Mariah Carey/''I Don't Want to Miss a Thing'' by Aerosmith/''I'll Be There'' by Michael Jackson
In this all-important round, Jessica was saddled with poor song choices. The judge's choice, ''My All'' proved to be too difficult a song to master on the Idol stage. Her choice, ''I Don't Want to Miss a Thing'' was a snoozer from start to finish. Jimmy Iovine's pick, ''I'll be There,'' while lovely, lacked the ''wow'' moments we've come to expect from Jessica.
Phillip Phillips ? ''Beggin''' by Madcon/''Disease'' by Matchbox 20/''We've Got Tonight'' by Bob Seger
Phillip continued his big comeback from the week before. He was three for three, with a powerful, propulsive ''Beggin''' from the judges, a sultry ''Disease'' he chose for himself, and a tender and vulnerable ''We've Got Tonight'' from Jimmy. Phillip was the clear winner heading into the finals.
Jessica: 8 wins
Phillip: 4 wins
The takeaway: Jessica is the overall winner, although Phillip seems to have gained most of his momentum in the past few weeks.