LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bluesy guitar man Phillip Phillips is the new "American Idol," defeating teenage songbird Jessica Sanchez.
Phillips, a 21-year-old pawn shop worker from Leesburg, Ga., received more viewer votes than 16-year-old Sanchez of Chula Vista, Calif.
Phillips' victory Wednesday extended the "American Idol" winning streak for males to five consecutive seasons. The last female to win was 17-year-old Jordin Sparks in 2007.
During the three-song showdown Tuesday between Phillips and Sanchez, the show's judges praised his performance across the board. Sanchez was faulted for a lackluster rendition of her final song, "Change Nothing."
Phillips, who was a top vote-getter throughout the season, gets a recording contract and bragging rights.
Sanchez agreed with panelists Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, saying she should have gone more "urban" with her song choice.
The judges flatly rejected "Change Nothing," the lukewarm potential future single that failed to fully showcase Sanchez's vocal prowess. Jackson told her that it "lacked pop flavor," while Tyler declared that it wasn't "the proper song for you."