Jessica Sanchez enters ‘Idol’ top 8
Sanchez is this season's last remaining 'Idol' finalist of Asian descent

Filipino-Mexican-American singer Jessica Sanchez performs Beyonce's "Sweet Dreams" on American idol, Wednesday, March 28, 2012. Screengrab courtesy of FOX

MANILA, Philippines – We’ll still be seeing more of Jessica Sanchez on television next week.

Sanchez, the 16-year-old “American Idol” contestant who has constantly been getting rave reviews from judges and viewers alike, will be back for another week in the reality show after she was voted by America to stay, Thursday, March 29 (Friday, March 30 in Manila).

She now enters the top 8 contestants of the current season, after her dramatic performance of Beyonce’s “Sweet Dreams.”

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.

Reviews of her performance were also on the positive side.

This week, Heejun Han, a 22-year-old singer from New York, was voted off the competition, leaving Sanchez the only contestant of Asian descent still in the competition.

Superstar Nicki Minaj was the night’s special guest, performing her hit “Starships.” Last season’s “Idol” winner, Scotty McCreery, also performed in the results show. –

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