So if you’ve been following me on twitter, or peaking at this here blog you know that Jessica Sanchez was my favorite contestant on the 11th season of American Idol. Even though, the season ended with her in second place next to the much less talented Phillip Phillip my support for this girl won’t stop. I’ve been watching AI since I was 11 years old, each season! I can honestly say that Jessica Sanchez was the best contestant on American Idol EVER!
After reading several blogs post their favorite performances of the season on AI. I’ve decided only to post my top 5 performances of Jessica only. I’ve enjoyed every time she hit the stage, but these are my PERSONAL favorite. (These only include her solo stage performance on idol, but her group performance with Joshua Ledet and Hollywood Group performance including Deandre Brackensick are both honorable mentions.)
5. “I Will Always Love You”
For many, this was Jessica’s breakthrough moment however I had already been a fan weeks before she did this performance. Her Breakthrough performance for me was the first time I saw her during Hollywood group week. However, the video was viewed over 5 million times on youtube…more than any contestant of the seasons videos (keep in mind she didn’t win.) It reached my top 5 because it is one of the most vocally hard songs to sing, and for her to be able to do and do it extremely well was impressive. It was better than impressive, it was amazing.
4. “Everybody Has A Dream”
This performance of Billy Joel’s “Everybody has a Dream” was probably the most underrated performance. It was kind of praised, yet still swept under the rug next to the bigger performances. I loved this performance because it had a gospel vibe to it, and it showed a bit of her artistry as she kind of flipped the song. It’s the song I play the most out of her studio recordings from the show.
3. “You Are So Beautiful”
This spot was a toss up between her performance of “Try A Little Tenderness”, but “You are So Beautiful” won when I watched them both again. If I had to sum up this performance in one word, it would be captivating. She took her time on this song which took you on an incredible ride. An all around vocalist is someone who can belt like she can, but also have these tender moments. It showed just how talented she was, and I loved it.
2. “And I’m Telling You”
For me, this was the most SHOCKING thing Jessica did on Idol. Before this performance night, I knew she was going to do this song and I knew she could handle it. However, I did not know she was going to MURDER the way that she did. It went above and beyond my expectations. Not to mention that she even went ABOVE this again, when she did it with Jennifer Holiday herself at the finale. To me, this is the performance which is the reason why she should have won. There are not to many people outside of Jennifer Holiday, Jennifer Hudson, and now Jessica who can perform this song the way it should be done with the emotion power that it should have. THIS WAS INSANE! Best vocal on Idol, ever!
So, this WAS NOT Jessica’s best vocal performance on American Idol. It was my favorite though! Why? Because I love this song! This performance got Jessica ELIMINATED, for one reason…America did not know this song. This record is an urban record and wasn’t the correct choice for the American Idol audience. Jazmine Sullivan is one of my favorite singers, and from her last album “Love Me Back”…”Stuttering” is my favorite so I was thrilled that she was going to sing this. I didn’t expect elimination after doing it, but I did think bottom 3. Thank god for the judges save! This is the type of music Jessica Sanchez should be making as a artist, it was an inside look into who she is a recording artist and It made me excited to hear her album. It was definitely my favorite Sanchez performance of the season. Plus she looked fly as hell.