jessica beautiful idol 'American Idol': Jessica Sanchez's 'Beautiful Nightmare' does Beyonce proudFor songs by their personal idols week on “American Idol,” Jessica Sanchez chose Beyonce, which is quite the artist to tackle. But interestingly, she chose to sing “Beautiful Nightmare” and she slowed it down to a ballad, which gave the song a whole new eerie quality that we quite enjoyed.

The only thing we found to quibble with was the weird breath she kept taking in the middle of the word “nightmare.” We know Jessica has the singing chops to make that leap in the melody line without taking a breath, so we can’t figure out why she was doing it. But that pet peeve aside, it was a gorgeous performance. Her choice to take the “mare” part of the word lower than the original piece goes is a really lovely choice.

The judges loved it. Jennifer said it she was Beyonce, she’d take a page out of this arrangement and try it that way. What did you think, “Idol” fans? Is Jessica clearly the one to beat this year? IN case you missed it, listen below!

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."