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Jessica Sanchez on Being American Idol 2012 Runner-Up: “I Don’t Have Any Regrets At All” — Red Carpet Scoop!

Phillip Phillips may have won American Idol last night, but there’s no doubt that his co-finalist, Jessica Sanchez, also has a huge career ahead of her. And the pint-sized powerhouse says she can’t wait to get started. We caught up with Jessica right after the show, and she shared her thoughts on the finale experience, why she thought Phillip would win, and what her future career will be like. How are you feeling right now?   Jessica Sanchez: I’m kind of relieved that... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/GaNzbZtEDUo/jessica-sanchez-on-being-american-idol-2012-runner-up-i-dont-have-any-regrets-at-all-red-carpet-scoop

Phillip Phillips on His American Idol Win: "I'll Probably End up Crying Some More" — Red Carpet Scoop!

If you're anything like us, you're still breathless from last night's epic American Idol finale. And it looks like the big night left Phillip Phillips gasping for air, too. The guitar-strumming champ offered up his unedited reaction right after the show, sharing his thoughts on the emotional night and giving us the inside scoop on how he overcame the pain of his health problems to take the title of "American Idol."  How do you feel? Phillip: I don't know. I don't really feel... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/9lnIRuGq8Ao/phillip-phillips-on-winning-american-idol-ill-probably-end-up-crying-some-more

TV ratings: 'American Idol' finale way down from 2011 but FOX still dominates Wednesday

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, May 23, 2012The season finale of "American Idol" took a big fall from last year's season ender, tumbling by 30 percent in total viewers and more than 33 percent among adults 18-49. It was still by far the biggest thing on TV Wednesday night, though, and led FOX to a big win for the night.Elsewhere, the season finales of "Modern Family" and "Revenge" were both up over last week's ratings (though "Modern Family" was slightly below its 2011 finale numbers), and the finale of "Law & Order: SVU" on NBC had its best performance in several weeks. FOX averaged 20.7 million viewers and an 11.8 rating/19 share in households for the night, down from 29.3 million viewers for the 2011 "Idol" finale. ABC (7.3 million, 4.7/8) was the best of the rest, beating out CBS (5.9 million, 3.9/6) and NBC (5.4 million, 3.5/6). The CW drew just under 900,000 viewers... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/05/tv-ratings-american-idol-finale-way-down-from-2011-but-fox-still-dominates-wednesday.html

Neil Diamond and Fantasia plus Reba McEntire rock the 'American Idol' finale stage

The "American Idol" Season 11 finale welcomed "Idol's" annual cavalcade of music stars to the stage for various performances with the Top 13 finalists. Among them were Season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino, classic rocker Neil Diamond and country superstar Reba McEntire.Fantasy sang "Take Me to the Pilot" with Joshua Ledet, which was ... a lot of screaming. It was kind of like they were scream-fighting at each other. Not really our cup of tea, but let us know in the comments if you were super pumped about it.Five of the male finalists sang a Neil Diamond medley that consisted of "America," "Cracklin Rosie" and "I'm a Believer," then Colton Dixon welcomed Mr. Diamond himself to the stage to sing-talk his way through "Sweet Caroline."Finally, in one of the better Idol-sings-with-famous person performances of the night, country cutie Skylar Laine sang "Turn on the Radio" with Reba, which was actually a lot of fun.Which performance... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/05/neil-diamond-and-fantasia-plus-reba-mcentire-rock-the-american-idol-finale-stage.html

American Idol Backstage Scoop: Phillip Phillips Calls Win "So Unreal"

After last night's 132 million votes and a star-studded grand finale show, confetti showered down as Phillip Phillps was crowned the new American Idol. Sitting with 6,999... //feeds.eonline.com/~r/eonline/kristin/~3/vO7v4BWA3W8/318527

Chaka Khan would step in for Jennifer Lopez as 'American Idol' judge

If Jennifer Lopez decides to leave "American Idol" after Season 11 after all, there's a pop music luminary ready to take her place. On the red carpet before the "Idol" finale at the Nokia Theater on May 23, Chaka Khan tells Zap2it that she'd totally step in."They don't vote on that, do they? Yeah, I'd do it," says the singer. "They could use some truth up there. A little bit of truth, honesty. I'd like that."Lopez hasn't confirmed anything just yet, but with her music career taking off again and a family to raise, it would make sense if the superstar moved on. "Idol" producers, give Khan a buzz!Khan, who performed "I'm Every Woman" with the Top 12 girls during the show, was rooting for Jessica Sanchez during the show, but says she likes Phillip Phillips as well. "Jessica! She's little and she can sing her behind off. I like them all. Let's get that... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/05/chaka-khan-would-step-in-for-jennifer-lopez-as-american-idol-judge.html

Steven Tyler says both Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez will be successful after 'American Idol'

Although Phillip Phillips was finally crowned the Season 11 "American Idol" champion after an ultra-competitive year, judge Steven Tyler says backstage after the finale that both Phillips and runner-up Jessica Sanchez will have great careers in the music industry. "The last two get record deals and she sings so beautiful, she'll be on her way," Tyler says of the 16-year-old Sanchez. "She'll have a great career."As for Phillips, Tyler says he admires that Phillips kept doing his own thing throughout the season. "He just don't care and that's beautiful. I said from the first, I thought he'd win, only because he's so vulnerable," Tyler says. "I think he's going to be a movie star. I don't know why but I just think that but I look at his face and I see James Dean."Tyler says he's impressed with Phillips' development as an artist throughout the season. "He's real. We watched him go from a guy... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/05/steven-tyler-says-both-phillip-phillips-and-jessica-sanchez-will-be-successful-after-american-idol.html

'American Idol' winner Phillip Phillips: 'It hasn't sunk in yet'

Phillip Phillips still hasn't fully absorbed the fact that he is the newest "American Idol" winner. Just minutes after being crowned the Season 11 champion, beating out 16-year-old Jessica Sanchez, Phillips tells reporters backstage at the Nokia Theater that he can't believe what happened."I don't really feel anything," he says. "It's amazing -- this whole situation is so unbelievable. It's so unreal, man. It hasn't sunk in yet! It's such a blessing and I am trying to comprehend it all."In fact, Phillips' mind went a little blank after Ryan Seacrest read the good news. During the performance of his coronation single, "Home," he didn't actually realize what was happening. "I wasn't thinking about anything -- I wasn't really wanting to sing or anything. I just started thinking about the journey and how far all of us have been."As catchy as the single is, Phillips says his future album won't sound too similar. "No, I don't... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/05/american-idol-winner-phillip-phillips-it-hasnt-sunk-in-yet.html

'American Idol': Jessica Sanchez is 'relieved' it's all over (and happy for Phillip Phillips)

Don't feel bad for Jessica Sanchez -- the 16-year-old might've finished second to Phillip Phillips on "American Idol," but she'll do just fine in the music industry. She's already got Interscope Records chairman Jimmy Iovine talking about what kind of record she'll make, and she got to sing with Jennifer Holliday, one of her musical idols, during the finale. "I'm kind of relieved that this whole thing is over but I'm also going to miss everybody here," she says backstage after the show. "But I'm going to see my 'Idol' family on tour so I'm thankful for that. And I really think that Phillip deserves to win and I'm so happy for him."Really -- she's happy for her fellow Top 2 finalist. "When they announced that it was Phillip, I was so happy -- and I knew it already. That's why I gave him a big hug and I was smiling the whole time. I... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/05/american-idol-jessica-sanchez-is-relieved-its-all-over-and-happy-for-phillip-phillips.html

American Idol Champ Kelly Clarkson Returns to TV in ABC's Duets

"Security! Security!" Given Kelly Clarkson 's urgent cries, one expects a fleet of beefy bodyguards to rush the pop star's dressing room on the set of her new ABC summer series, Duets . But as the seconds tick by, the only one bolting through the open door is Clarkson's teacup Maltese, who's decided to go exploring down the hall. "Security!" the singer yells again, calling after the spirited, ironically named pint-size pup. His escape quickly foiled, the...  //www.tvguide.com/News/Kelly-Clarkson-Duets-1047962.aspx?rss=breakingnews