MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-Mexican teenager Jessica Sanchez performed a tribute to the late Whitney Houston by performing I Will Always Love You on American Idol.
On Thursday, March 8, Sanchez earned a standing ovation, made the crowd go wild, and “made 40 million people cry” on the 400th episode of the Fox hit show.
The judges generously praised her talent, poise and confidence.
“This is one of the hardest songs in the world to sing,” said American Idol judge Randy Jackson. “You are not only the best vocal of the night, I think you are one of the best singers in this whole competition!”
Superstar Jennifer Lopez, also a judge, was at the brink of tears. “It was beautiful. You are so talented. God bless you!”
For rocker Steven Tyler, Sanchez was the standout performance of the evening. “You may be the one. You just made 40 million people cry.”
Her performance made her trend on Twitter worldwide and in the Philippines.
Sanchez is among the Top 13 in the popular show’s 11th season. So far, she has received 2 standing ovations already.
She is a 16-year-old San Diego high school student who first gained national TV exposure on the first season of America’s Got Talent. At the time, she was 12 years old.
In earlier episodes, she tearfully said she hopes to ease the financial burdens of her unemployed mother with her singing career. Her mother, Editha, hails from Bataan while her Mexican-American father, Gilbert, originally hailed from Texas. – Rappler.com
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