Phillips, Sanchez face off on 'Idol' finale

9:50 PM, May 22, 2012   |    comments
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jessica Sanchez wishes she could've changed one thing during the "American Idol" finale: her final song.

The judges chastised "Change Nothing," the potential future single the 16-year-old vocal powerhouse from San Diego unleashed at the end of the Fox talent competition's final performance round Tuesday.

"Idol" judge Randy Jackson told her he didn't love the ballad, while Jennifer Lopez warned her to pick better songs when she records an album. Sanchez agreed, telling the panel that she wanted something more urban.

Meanwhile, her competitor Phillip Phillips was flawless with his potential single, "Home." The judges compared the acoustic ditty to artists like Fleet Foxes, Paul Simon and Mumford and Sons. Jackson said it was perfect, and Steven Tyler called the 21-year-old pawn shop worker from Leesburg, Ga., "the man."

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