|PHILLIP PHILLIPS WINS AMERICAN IDOL|
For the fifth season in a row, a white guy with guitar has won "American Idol," after rocker Phillip Phillips was crowned the latest winner of the popular US talent search on Wednesday night.
Phillips, 21, bested 16-year-old Filipino-Mexican-American contestant Jessica Sanchez after a record 132 million votes were cast during the four-hour period after the previous night's final two performance show.
Phillips, whose style has been compared to Dave Matthews and British folk-rock band Mumford and Sons, looked stunned as his name was announced at the end of a two-hour finale featuring performances by Rihanna, Neil Diamond and Reba McEntire.
"Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez sang her new single and Steven Tyler's band Aerosmith closed the show with their 1976 classic rock tune "Walk This Way."