American Idol 2012 Top 2: Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips Season Finale Performance Night Videos

The final showdown between Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips was featured at Fox in the 1-hour American Idol 2012 Season 11 Finale Performance Show Tuesday night, May 22, 2012. Videos of some of their performances are available below.

Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips Season Finale

American Idol 2012 Top 2 finalists Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez 
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American Idol 2012 Top 2 finalists Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips sang three songs each in their finale performances: a song picked by “Idol” creator Simon Fuller, song of their personal choice and finally, the “winner’s single”.

American Idol 2012 Top 2 Performances – Simon Fuller’s Choice:

  • Jessica Sanchez – I Have Nothing
  • Phillip Phillips – Stand By Me

American Idol 2012 Top 2 Performances – Singer’s Favorite:

  • Jessica Sanchez – The Prayer
  • Phillip Phillips – Movin Out

American Idol 2012 Top 2 Performances – Future Single:

  • Jessica Sanchez – Change Nothing
  • Phillip Phillips – Home

American Idol 2012 Top 2 Performances ROUND 1:

For Simon Fuller’s pick, Jessica Sanchez is singing “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston. It’s about time someone did this song right this season. Jessica seems nervous for the first time, opening the show off because of the coin toss.


Jessica Sanchez sings ‘I Have Nothing’ on American Idol 2012 Top 2 Finale performance
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They finally got Phillip Phillips into some non-grey tonight. He’s wearing blue, and it looks nice on him. He’s singing “Stand By Me” by Benny King for Simon Fuller’s pick. It’s a bit easier, a bit more relaxed, and I’m not entirely sure Phillip hit all the notes, nor cared if he did or not. It got really nice toward the end, though. Phillip has a sensitivity to him that is very appealing.

Phillip Phillips sings ‘Stand By Me’ on American Idol 2012 Top 2 Finale performance
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American Idol 2012 Top 2 Performances ROUND 2:

Jessica Sanchez sings “The Prayer” by Celine Dion, which she sang for the judges before the Top 24. And she gets to wear a pretty long, pink dress. She feels more emotionally connected to this song, you can tell, and she absolutely nailed it.


Jessica Sanchez sings ‘The Prayer’ on American Idol 2012 Top 2 Finale performance
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Phillip Phillips enjoyed Billy Joel week so much that he wants to sing “Movin’ Out” again. This performance was seen way back again. Most of the viewers didn’t find it particularly remarkable that time, but it was one of his better moments tone-wise.


Phillip Phillips sings ‘Movin’ Out’ on American Idol 2012 Top 2 Finale performance
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American Idol 2012 Top 2 Performances ROUND 3:

Jessica’s winning single is up first. They’ve called her single “Change Nothing,” Judges don’t find it particularly touching, or catchy, but Jessica sang it well and the lyrics were age-appropriate. A sixteen-year-old singing about how nobody knows what they’ve been through and how they’re going to rebel sounds about right.


Jessica Sanchez sings ‘Change Nothing’ on American Idol 2012 Top 2 Finale performance
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Phillip’s song is entitled “Home” Straight, simple, and probably better for him as an artist. It’s road trippy and sensitive and basically viewers are powerless to resist the charms of Phillip Phillips any longer. It was modern, fun, and basically perfect.

Phillip Phillips sings ‘Home’ on American Idol 2012 Top 2 Finale performance
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