“Jessica Sanchez is legit,” announced “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson after the 16-year-old singer of Mexican-Filipino decent sang an impressive rendition of the late Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”.
With just a bit of direction from R&B superstar Mary J. Blige and music producer Jimmy Iovine of Interscope-Geffen-A&M, the little Latino with a big voice brought down the entire crowd to their feet in a standing ovation.
Jackson went on to say, “This is one of the hardest songs in the world to sing. You, not only the best vocals of the night, I think you are one of the best singers in this whole competition. Oh my god. This is what it’s really all about. Finding the best talent in America ... this is one of the best talents in the whole country.”
Jessica was first seen on television in the first season of “America’s Got Talent” at the age of 11, and though she didn’t win that competition, she certainly has the chance to be this year’s winner of “American Idol”.