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The Real Jessica Sanchez

Jessica Sanchez, a home-schooled 11th grader, lives in Eastlake, Chula Vista with her parents and two younger brothers.  She was the runner-up on the eleventh season of the reality singing show, American Idol.  She is the first female and fourth recipient of the judges’ save.  She is the highest placed recipient of the save. Prior to appearing on American Idol, Sanchez competed in the first season of America’s Got Talent at the age of 11.

Throughout the national competition, she has so impressed the judges that that they all but declared her the winner of a season that won’t officially conclude until May 2012.

Due to a lackluster performance in April 2012, and a poor choice of songs, Sanchez found herself fighting to stay alive after America completed their voting the day before.

After the judges agreed on rescuing Jessica from elimination, Randy Jackson, the senior judge American Idol, said, “I’ve never seen this happen. This is a ridiculous.  Bottom 3, America! I’ve never said this: They got it wrong tonight.”

Steven Tyler gets his turn. “We’re going to use our card tonight, especially with an outcome like this.”

Considering Sanchez’s formidable vocal skills and remarkable poise in the national spotlight, Sanchez’s quest for a record deal should not be difficult — with or without a first-place finish on “Idol.”  Fellow San Diego singer Adam Lambert placed second on the show’s 2009 season. He subsequently released an album that easily eclipsed that year’s “Idol” winner, Kris Allen, artistically and commercially.

A devoted “Idol viewer” since the show debuted 11 years ago, Sanchez began singing when she was 2. She made her public performance debut when she was 7.

The announcement was made on the show, Thursday evening (US time). The finalists were comprised by the 10 contestants who received the most number of votes from American viewers based on their performances on Tuesday (boys) and Wednesday (girls); and three wildcard contenders picked by the judges.


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