Jessica Sanchez: Phillip Phillips 'Deserved To Win' American Idol

Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips perform onstage during Fox's 'American Idol 2012' results show at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on May 23, 2012 Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips perform onstage during Fox's 'American Idol 2012' results show at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on May 23, 2012

Jessica Sanchez might have come in second in the musical battle for the title of “American Idol,” but the 16-year-old Californian was nothing but gracious about Phillip Phillips taking the prize.

“I like freaked out because I was so happy for him,” Jessica told AccessHollywood.com’s Laura Saltman following Wednesday’s finale.

“I told him and I whispered to him, I was like, ‘You’re going to win this whole competition,’ and he was like, ‘No, I’m not.’ And I was like, ‘Phillip, just stop it, you know you’re going to win. Stop!’” she recalled. “I don’t think he realized it and he was even crying up there… this means a lot to both of us, but I think he really, really deserved it.”

Adding, “Everybody in the whole competition was amazing, but Phillip has really been fighting hard and I respect him so much and I think he deserved to win… I’m still happy for him… I love you and you deserve this.”

Jessica may not have won, but she brought the house down, performing “And I’m Telling You, “ with Jennifer Holiday during the finale, a performance where she got the chance to perform with one of her own “Idols.”

“It was so much fun because I haven’t sung with somebody like that in a long, long time. Somebody that I can feed off of and have that same kind of energy,” she said of Jennifer Holiday. “She’s my idol and I look up to her and I kind of learned some of the skills from her, listening to her music and it was awesome just to like feed off each other. It was awesome.”

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