Rounding out the 11th season of “American Idol,†the final two contestants of Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez took the stage for one final time before a winner is named.

On Tuesday night’s (May 22) episode, Phillips and Sanchez went through three different rounds rocking out the final performance episode to win the hearts of America and the judges one last time.

The evening began with song selections from creator Simon Fuller. Up first, the 16-year-old songstress sang her rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing†while the 21-year-old jammer gave his version of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me.â€

During the second round, the former pawn shop employee gave his sexy take on Billy Joel’s “Moving Out†while Jessica sang Yolanda Adams’ hit “The Prayer.â€

Finally, finishing off their third round were the songs that will be released as the crowned winner’s first single. For Sanchez, that was her tune "Change Nothing", which the judges weren’t thrilled with. Randy Jackson was blunt with his opinion, saying, “"Let me be straight up, I did not love the song,†while Jennifer Lopez also gave her advice, explaining, "You have to be able to say to someone, 'This is not me', you can change songs. Those are your options as an artist."

The final performance of the night could be described with the old saying “save the best for last†- as Phillips closed things out while getting a standing ovation for his tune “Home,†in which Jackson applauded and said, "Dude, I loved the song, I loved you, I loved the marching band, everything about that was perfect!"

Making the night even more performance packed, last season’s winner Scotty McCreery and Jason Derulo both took the stage.

Tune into FOX tomorrow night at 8/7c to find out who will be this year’s “American Idol†and check out tonight’s performances below!

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