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This is an interactive bubble chart representing American Idol Season 11, where Phillip Phillips beat Jessica Sanchez in the season finale. The data collected during that season included Facebook "Fans" and Twitter "Followers." Please feel free to play with the axes to see how the entire season played out. Some things to watch for:

  • Colton Dixon jumps out to a huge early lead.
  • Jessica Sanchez catches up to Dixon, passes him, and he is subsequently knocked out of the competion early.
  • Jessica leads the pack for the rest of the season, but Phillip Phillips has tremendous momentum going into the final two weeks and eventually wins it all.

Finally, If you'd like to play with the bubble chart for this year's contest,here is a link back to Season 12 in progress..