After 132 million votes, America declared its newest 'American Idol.'
Phillip Phillips, the 21-year old finalist from Leesburg, Georgia, beat Jessica Sanchez during the American Idol Finale results night at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California on May 24, 2012.
Phillip was one of the early favorites in the competition. He was given several praises by the judges for his performances.
Phillip continues the winning streak of the so-called "white guys with guitars" (WGWG) on Idol -- David Cook (Season 7), Kris Allen (Season 8), Lee DeWyze (Season 9), and Scotty McCreery (Season 10). Other male Idol winners were Ruben Studdard (Season 2) and Taylor Hicks (Season 5).