MANILA, Philippines – Jessica Sanchez’s solo may not have earned her another standing ovation from the American Idol judges, but her duet with another contestant, Joshua Ledet, did.
Sanchez and Ledet teamed up on Aretha Franklin and George Michael’s I Knew You Were Waiting for Me on performance night on Wednesday, April 4 (April 5 in Manila).
Duets in the show do not get votes and simply provide intermission during the the 2-hour show, but Sanchez and Ledet’s were considered as the “highlight of the night.”
The two showed off their big voices and played off each other well, prompting judge Jennifer Lopez (or J-Lo) to describe it as “a dream pairing.”
Lopez went on to add, “I’m looking at them and I’m thinking — final?!”
Sanchez, the 16-year-old Filipino-Mexican, sang Whitney Houston‘s dancey anthem How Will I Know during the eighties-themed evening.
Since ballads ruled the performance night, Sanchez’s fast-tempo song stood out during the snoozy episode.
Her song choice did not elicit wild reactions from fans as this has been sang by other Idol hopefuls in the past. “Nothing wildly creative this week from her,” notes one Idol fan.
But she looked the part, noted another. “With a denim jacket, an armful of bangles, a side ponytail and a swipe of shiny lip gloss. It’s worth a mention that the song came out in 1985. Sanchez is just 16, so she was born 11 years after the song was a smash for Houston. Still, Bebe Chez handled it like a seasoned vet. The song was a natural choice and she slayed it …. dead!” according to popcrush.com
Lopez said “your vocals just make everything go away for me, can’t believe they’re coming out of that little body.”
Judge Steven Tyler said, “I don’t think I’ve ever heard you sing where I can judge you. Your vocals are just fantastic.”
Another judge, Randy Jackson, shared that he worked with Houston on that song. “You did an amazing job. Those are big shoes to fill…I can’t believe the maturity you have.” – Rappler.com
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