Sanchez was with the group of young aspirants along with Deandre Brakensick
, who eventually made it also to the finals and ended up in the top 10. Sanchez and Brackesick led their group to advance to the next round with standing ovation from the three judges.
Judge Randy Jackson must have been mesmerized by Sanchez performance as he led the two other judges in sending Sanchez to the semi-finals.
After doing her rendition of Jennifer Hudson's Love You I Do
, the 16-year-old singing sensation got another standing ovation from the three judges during the semi-finals.
Commenting on Sanchez performance, Jennifer Lopez stated "the whole thing is really really so beyond your years". For his part Jackson said, her performance was "one of the best of the last two nights" while Steven Tyler commended her "exceptional timing" and added, "Your voice is perfect, your pitch is perfect.
Following her success in the semi-finals, Sanchez's popularity continued to soar as she advanced to the top 13.
Again, Sanchez got another ovation and favorable reviews from the three judges after doing her version of "I Will Always Love You
" by Whitney Houston.
After her acclaimed performance,Tyler told Sanchez, "You may be the one." while Lopez called her "just amazing". Jackson responded, "You not only are the best vocal of the night, I think you are one of the best singers in this whole competition!" and named Sanchez "one of the best talents in the whole country"
As the judges gave their favorable reviews, Sanchez's name became a worldwide trend on Twitter the day after performing Whitney Houston's signature song. Her video performance was later uploaded on You Tube where it got 5 million views in just three days.
Sanchez's succeeding appearances after becoming a finalist in the top 10, have been widely a acknowledged until she fell off on the day following her performance on April 11.
While the two judges gave favorable reviews, Lopez has urge Sanchez to go for performance with audience impact in future shows.
Unexpectedly, the following night Sanchez got the lowest number of votes from viewers which did not sit well with the judges and the audience.
While singing Deborah Cox's Nobody's Supposed to be There, Lopez rushed to the stage followed by the two other judges and interrupted her performance. They then announced they are using their one-time "Judges' Save" veto power as provided in the rules.
"Give me that mic! This is crazy! We're using the save. You ain't going home! Go sit down," Lopez told Sanchez
as the 'Idol' crowd stood on their feet, cheering and applauding.
Jackson, who looked worried about Jessica's fate asked the viewers; "This girl is one of the best singers in America, ever ... Please everybody, please vote for the best. It's about finding the best.
This made her the first female and the fourth finalist in American Idol history spared from elimination
Note: This is part 2 of the tree-part series on Jessica Sanchez. Watch for the last part here soon. Part 1 can be viewed here.