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All top 4 American Idol contestants are safe — this week at least
After gettting mixed reactions for her last performance Sanchez now ranks among American Idol’s Top 6
Jessica Sanchez was saved after all. After gettting mixed reactions for her last performance, Sanchez now ranks among American Idol’s Top 6. An early crowd favorite, the 16-year-old Filipino-American singer was almost eliminated in the show last week. The 3 judges – Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, and Jennifer Lopez – exercised their once-only “save” vote to make sure Sanchez did not go home. On Thursday, April 19, Sanchez sang Fallin’ by Alicia Keys and Try a Little Tenderness by Otis Redding. Apart from Sanchez, the 5 other contenders who remain in the contest include Hollie Cavanagh, Phillip Philips, Elise Testone, Joshua Ledet and Skylar Laine. Colton Dixon, who was previously a frontrunner in the show, ended up with the lowest number of votes.
American Idol contender Jessica Sanchez saved by judges after emerging in the bottom 3
American Idol contender Jessica Sanchez was saved by judges after emerging in the bottom 3 that included favorites Joshua Ledet and Elise Testone. As she started to sing her exit song, "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here," the 3 judges, Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, walked up the stage and interrupted her. “You’re not going home! This is ridiculous! We’re using the save!” Lopez exclaimed. Jackson angrily told the audience, "This girl is one of the best singers in America - are you kidding me? Everyone, please vote for the best!"
16 year old American Idol contestant Jessica Sanchez earns Billy Joel s praise
After earning her 3rd standing ovation from the judges of “American Idol,” on Wednesday night, March 21, 16-year-old contestant Jessica Sanchez remains in the competition. She got praise from no less than Billy Joel himself for her rendition of his Everybody Has a Dream during the contest's Billy Joel night. During that night, Jennifer Lopez said, “That song was just written for you. That was a defining song, that's you.” Randy Jackson was effusive with praise, too. “You have a moment every time you step up on that stage. It was flawless, it was perfect.” The third judge Steven Tyler told the part-Filipino, part-American singer, “You’ve gone way past my judging…Thank you for letting me hear you sing, baby.”
Sixteen year old contestant Jessica earned her 3rd standing ovation from the judges