MANILA, Philippines – Will it be a sweet dream, or a nightmare for Jessica Sanchez this week on American Idol? Based on the reactions to her latest performance, she could sleep soundly tonight.
For Week 4 of the popular US singing tilt, the Filipino-Mexican-American teener performed Beyonce’s Sweet Dreams, in hopes of moving on to the top 8 of the competition.
However, she performed the song with a twist – instead of singing it in the style set by her idol (it was “Personal Idols” week after all), she sang it ballad-style, slowing it down to a dramatic, haunting performance.
The judges, and even guest mentor Stevie Nicks, loved her performance on Wednesday, March 28 (Thursday, March 29 in Manila), earning her another round of rave reviews.
“If I was Beyonce and I was home listening, I’d be like, ‘I gotta do that in my next concert, slow that down,'” said Jennifer Lopez.
“You left all of us wanting more, and that’s what great performers do,” she added.
“I liked how you held it back a bit. You really know your notes,” said Steven Tyler, adding Jessica was “a star no matter what.”
“You just innately have this unbelievable talent. I look forward to hearing you every night; I think you’re one of the best singers I’ve heard in many years,” said judge Randy Jackson.
Early reviews of her performance are also on the positive.
“She slowed it down to a ballad, which gave the song a whole new eerie quality that we quite enjoyed,” said Zap2It in its review.
“[She] could tour, now, complete with the big voice, attitude, and stage presence,” Newsday said.
However, Sanchez’s performance wasn’t the only one the judges loved for this episode of “Idol” – almost all of the other performances got rave reviews from Tyler, Lopez, and Jackson, particularly contestants Heejun Han, Joshua Ledet, Elise Testone, and Philip Phillips.
America – and the rest of the “Idol” fandom worldwide – will know who enters the top 8 of the show on Thursday, March 29 (Friday, March 30 in Manila).
Meanwhile, Sanchez also recently tweeted that she would love to perform in the Philippines.
“I’d love to perform in the Philippines! They got lots of love for me there <3 Gotta Represent ;)” she tweeted Sunday, March 25. – Rappler.com
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