DHAKA: Phillip Phillips won American Idol, becoming the fifth male singer in a row to take the title and a guaranteed recording contract.
The 21 year-old guitar player from Georgia, who brought an indie vibe to the top-rated TV contest, beat ballad singer Jessica Sanchez, 16, of California in the public vote.
American Idol host Ryan Seacrest said a world record 132 million votes were cast by phone, text and online for the two finalists.
The winner was announced at the end of a two-hour finale on Wednesday featuring performances by Rihanna, Neil Diamond, Reba McEntire as well as Idol judge Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler`s band Aerosmith.
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Edited by Robab Rosan, Cultural Affairs Editor
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