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'American Idol' finale: First glimpses of Phillip and Jessica

May 23, 2012 |  6:07 pm

And we’re off!

Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez are still awaiting their fate, with the live East Coast broadcast underway. As to be expected,  a star-studded lineup was on stage to accompany this season's top finishers.

Phillips took the stage for an all-star duet with John Fogerty, singing “Bad Moon Rising” and “Have You Ever Seen the Rain.”

Nearly an hour into the show, finalist Jessica Sanchez performanced an encore of one of the highlight of her season, performing Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You."

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By then, third-place finisher Joshua Ledet had already made his mark on the finale, singing Elton John’s “Take Me to the Pilot” with Fantasia, who won it all back in Season 3.

The ladies sent home earlier in the season also hit the stage -- without Sanchez but with Chaka Khan -- performing a medley notable in part for the complementary sparkly outfits worn by all.

So while we wait for America's choice, let's look back at our first impressions at the two who rose all the way to the top.

Phillips hits the stage -- uncharacteristically donning a suit jacket -- in Hollywood group rounds. Singing with him on "I Only Have Eyes for You" are two also-rans and Hee Jun Han. Han, loyal fans will remember, wowed Jennifer Lopez with his buttery tones until America sent him home in ninth place, after he got knocked for not taking it seriously enough.

Sanchez proved there was a massive voice underneath her petite frame in "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" in a group that also included fellow top 10 "Idol" DeAndre Brackensick.

Want more? Here's a look back at their key solo performances throughout the season:

VIDEO: Phillip Phillips & Jessica Sanchez

So as Randy Jackson likes to say, who was in it to win it? Any final predictions out there?


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Photo: Phillip Phillips. Credit: Michael Becker / Fox.