An opening montage to the final performance show of Season 11 on "American Idol" showed the two finalists on their journey so far, reminding viewers that they started out on opposite coasts but with the same dream. These performances would decide which one will get the "Idol" crown.
Host Ryan Seacrest pointed out there were 7,000 fans in the audience for the finale at the Nokia Theater. Round one would be creator Simon Fuller's choice, round two would be the contestants' choice of a reprise from the season, and round three would be an original single. Since Phillip won the coin toss, he would be going second.( Collapse )