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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Jimmy Iovine

Why do you think Phillip won over Jessica?
They're both great, but they both do two very different things and appeal to completely different audiences. There were more [Phillip fans] than there were Jessica fans at this point, and that's probably what happened. He worked really hard and won a lot of people's hearts this year.

What was the highlight performance for you this season?
I think it was Jessica's "I Will Always Love You," probably. And there was one of Phillips that I really liked but my brain is gone again and I'm going to call him Jessica in about a minute [Laughs].

Did anyone else stand out for you this season?
You know Joshua [Ledet] is very talented, Skylar [Laine] is really talented. There are a bunch of kids; they just need work. This is the crazy thing – you go to a stadium, you audition and then you'll turn into this. And the hard part right now for Jessica and Phillip and Joshua is to leave this behind you. You have to leave this behind you and make your first album.

Have you talked about who is going to work on Phillip's album with him?
I will meet with Phillip when I have some time and pick a producer. It will probably be the one producer. He wants to do a singer-songwriter album, so we got to find the right producer that's the best for him for that.

Phillip has always been a little stubborn throughout the competition. Is that a good or bad thing when it comes to recording an album?
I've never met a musician who is not stubborn. It's a good thing. But you got to have a bit of give-and-take in the studio. This is a show and it's different to making a record.

If you auditioned for Idol what would you sing?
"Happy Birthday."

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