TweetFilipina-Mexican Jessica Sanchez made the judges stand once more with her latest performance on American Idol.
Jessica sang Etta James’ “Steal Away” for her first number.
“I loved it. That showed the other side of your voice,” said Tyler.
Lopez thought the performance was “crazy,” calling Sanchez as one of the greatest female singers she has heard in a long time.
Jackson, for his part, said that Sanchez can actually sing anything and that she can tap on the original singer’s soulfulness even at a young age.
“I love the whole vibe of that. The blues is so much soul so much heart in it. That’s what it’s all about. Your vocals are ridiculous. That girl can sing the phone book. Amazing, again,” he said.
Jessica closed out the show with “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from “Dreamgirls,” a song that she has been familiar for the longest time. The judges gave Jessica the second standing ovation of the night.
And the three judges agreed by giving her another standing ovation – her first since getting the “Idol” judges to their feet when she sang a duet with Joshua Ledet on “I Knew You Were Waiting For Me.”
Record producer and mentor Jimmy Iovine said during the rehearsals that if the audience sees and the judges see what he saw, it could be game over.
Steven Tyler called it as another “over the top” performance.
Jennifer Lopez was equally floored by Sanchez’s vocal ability and added that it seems that it’s going to be a race to the finish.
Randy Jackson noted that Sanchez picked “one of the hardest songs in the world to sing but you slayed it.”