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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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John Fogerty

What do you think of Phillip?
I love Phillip. He's very enthusiastic and I really think he's going to have a great career in music and show business.

How did you pick the song you guys sang and put the arrangement together?
There was a list of a few songs and I wanted to do "Have You Ever Seen The Rain," even though they had done it recently. For some reason they have done a lot of my songs the last couple of months, which is a coincidence, but I loved it. So we had to avoid those, and we came up with "Bad Moon Rising."

Have you been watching Idol much this season? What performances have you liked?
I have a ten-year-old daughter, and she loves the show and she picks her own favorites. I know she loved Hollie.

As a music veteran, what advice would you give to people like Jessica and Phillip?
They are both really talented. I think they are going to do really well in show business. My first mantra is practice. Get really good at what you're trying to do.

If you were just staring out today, would you audition for a show like this?
Absolutely. It would sure be a way to get to the front of the door real quick. Yeah, I would knock on those doors.

What song would you sing?
I'd probably end up doing something like "Midnight Hour." I don't know if that's the right thing to say these days.

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