Jessica Sanchez, Season 11

Meet American Idol contestant Jessica Sanchez


Top 2 Results — Up Where We Belong (with Phillip Phillips)

Top 2 Results — And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going (with Jennifer Holliday)

Top 2 Results — I Will Always Love You

Top 2 Results —

Top 2 — I Have Nothing

Top 2 — The Prayer

Top 2 — Change Nothing

Top 3 — My All

Top 3 — I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing

Top 3 — I’ll Be There

Top 4 — And I’m Telling You I’m Not The Only One

Top 4 — Steal Away

Top 4 — Eternal Flame (with Hollie Cavanagh)

Top 5 — Proud Mary

Top 5 — You Are So Beautiful

Top 5 — Your Love Takes Me Higher (with Hollie Cavanagh and Skylar Lane)

Top 6 — Dance With My Father

Top 6 — Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)

Top 7 Redux — Fallin’

Top 7 Redux — Try a Little Tenderness

Top 7 — Stuttering

Top 7 — What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger) (with Joshua Ledet and Hollie Cavanagh)

Top 8 — How Will I Know

Top 8 — I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) (with Joshua Ledet)

Top 9 — Sweet Dreams

Top 10 — Everybody Has a Dream

Top 11/12 — Turn the Beat Around

Top 13 — I Will Always Love You

Semifinals — Love You, I Do

She’s still just a teenager, but Jessica Sanchez probably has the edge in experience on most of the Season 11 American Idol contestants.

After all, she’s been through this before, auditioning for America’s Got Talent in the show’s first season (2006) and being invited back for the wild card round, where she was eliminated.

Jessica was 11 at the time.  Since then, she has appeared in a Crickett Wireless Commercial, released a 2009 single called “Don’t Stop the Music” that’s still available on iTunes, and been featured on another single by Brandon Kane (“You and Me,” released in 2010).

Oh, and she also studied at  Theatre of Arts in Hollywood.

Now she’s on Idol, having received a golden ticket with a performance of “Natural Woman” in San Diego.

We didn’t see that during the San Diego episode, but promos for that episode showed the judges singing along with Jessica and clearly enjoying her performance.

Jessica says she thinks she has a different tone than most singers and brings a mix of R&B, soul and urban influences to her music.

Her favorite former Idol contestant is Jennifer Hudson.

“I’ve gotten comments, ‘You sound like her,'” Jessica, 16, says with a smile.  “That’s a big deal for me, because she can blow.”

Here are some non-Idol performances by Jessica.

“I’d Rather Go Blind”

“Just You and Me” with Brandon Kane

Her 2006 performance of “I Surrender” on America’s Got Talent

Assortment of vocal performances

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  1. Sonetta February 6, 2012 at 2:03 am -  Reply

    It’s a good thing Jessica didn’t win America’s Got Talent. Bianca Murphy won and where is she? It’s hard to sell young girls like them who have big adult voices singing adult songs. Now that Jessica is 16, her voice fits her age. I hope she wins this time because she has an incredible recording voice and more importantly, she is an explosive performer who is not afraid to give 200 per cent……

    • pep calinawan April 10, 2012 at 3:54 pm -  Reply

      I totally agree with you
      Sonetta….Jessica got what it takes to be an American Idol and a recording artist…
      Powerful vocals beyond her years…
      She has many more years coming and a very bright singing career….Producers should handle her properly so that she can share her God given talent to our children and to our children’s children…

  2. Lisa Chu February 17, 2012 at 3:04 am -  Reply

    Jessica is really one of a kind. She’s young, talented, and has a big voice to share to the world. Her love for music is unbelievable and sometimes her voice just pulls me into the screen when she sings and puts me into her world. Very captivating! No doubt she’ll go far in American Idol. I really hope she wins

  3. Anonymous March 1, 2012 at 3:44 am -  Reply

    I hope she becomes American Idol 2012! Amazing voice, remarkable talent! By far, the best!

  4. chipie1187 April 11, 2012 at 7:13 pm -  Reply

    I’m so excited to see her performance tonight! She never fails to amaze me. More Power to our Star!

  5. An avid A.. Viewer April 19, 2012 at 6:00 am -  Reply

    Jessica Sanchez – Ousting Jessica Sanchez means only one thing. VOTER’s in AMERICA are PURELY RACIST. Please check on the talent not on nationality. Thanks,

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