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Phillip Phillips poses backstage at the American Idol Finale on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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And the new American Idol is...

May 24, 2012

After four months and a record-setting 132 million votes, it's official: Phillip Phillips is the 11th American Idol. Here are some of the top highlights from the finale on Wednesday, May 23rd.