On the Scene at the 2012 'American Idol' Finale

Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez, Jimmy Iovine, Aerosmith and More Reflect on the Show's 11th Season
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What was your reaction to Phillip winning?
Steven Tyler: I think he's real. We watched him come from a guy who was pulling himself out of his soul to a guy that can actually sing up there after four months, and sing a melody without feeling uncomfortable about himself. He's just really evolved and he's been vulnerable, and I think America loves that.

What do you think about Jessica's future?
Steven Tyler: The last two, of course, have a future beyond belief. They have record deals and she sings so beautiful and with the right person and songs, she'll be on her way.

Joey Kramer: She didn't have to win. She got enough exposure for as good as she is up until that time. It didn't matter if she won or not. She won anyway.

Tom Hamilton: She'll make a great bass player.

Steven Tyler: She'll have a great career.

Do you think it was Jessica's original song that did her in?
Steven Tyler: Oh, I don't really want to put my finger on that. It wasn't her best song. It didn't show her voice off. You've got to realize the rules of the show are, every time you've got to bring it. And whatever it was they loved the last time, you've got to move them that way. However, the guy that won didn't care! And I think America loves that. 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. I also think he's going to be a movie star. I don't know why, but I just think that. I look at his face and I see James Dean.

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