Jessica Sanchez taking on Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" on "American Idol" -- she's got the biggest voice this year, looking forward to hearing this. Gets guest mentor Mary J. Blige to shriek in shock in rehearsal, calls it "amazing, impeccable."
Wow; bare stage, stark light, bright blue gown, slow and controlled start, it's perfect from the get-go. You can really hear the gorgeous tone in her voice; it's her own sound but true to Whitney's bigness.
Audience is shrieking; pure joy on her face as she brings it home. Fluttering her hand on the mike, just a totally professional performance. Shouts and a standing ovation from the judges and the audience, Jennifer Lopez is literally jumping up and down and encouraging the applause.
"This is what it's really about," shouts Randy Jackson, "this is one of the best talents in the country!"
"Just amazing, I'm speechless," says Lopez. "God bless you!"
"You may be the one -- you just made 40 million people cry" says Steven Tyler.
Under the circumstances, a memorable performance that blew everyone else away.
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