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'American Idol' Race: Phillip Phillips Leads Top 13 Finalists on Twitter

The gravelly-voiced Georgia rocker, who's drawn comparisons to Dave Matthews, rules the micro-blogging site with 35,723 followers and counting.

Phillip Phillips

If Twitter followers indicate future prospects of winning American Idol, then Phillip Phillips is already season 11's champ, with a slight edge over co-finalist and comic relief Heejun Han.

Obviously, it's way too soon to call: Phillips, 21, might a favorite of mentor Jimmy Iovine and judge Randy Jackson, who's compared the scruffy, scratchy-voiced Georgia rocker to Dave Matthews. But he's got tough competition from the likes of Jessica Sanchez, DeAndre Brackensick, Erika Van Pelt and Skylar Laine, all of whom have a star quality that could grow along with their Twitter followers.

As of Monday afternoon, here were the Twitter stats for the Fox contest's top 13 finalists:

1. Phillip Phillips (@PPhillipsAI11): 35,723

2. Heejun Han (@hhani11): 34,534

3. Colton Dixon (@cdixonai11): 34,199

4. Erika Van Pelt (@evanpeltai11): 29,979

5. Jessica Sanchez (@JSanchezAI11): 16,186

6. DeAndre Brackensick (@brackensickai11): 12,386

7. Skylar Laine (@SLaineAI11): 12,158

8. Shannon Magrane (@smagraneai11): 11,124

9. Hollie Cavanagh (@CavanaghAI11): 9,593

10. Jeremy Rosado (@JRosadoAI11): 9,435

11. Joshua Ledet (@JLedetAI11): 7,981

12. Elise Testone (etestoneai11): 6,416

13. Jermaine Jones (@JJonesAI11): 2,696