jessica tenderness idol 'American Idol': Jessica Sanchez finally bursts out on 'Try a Little Tenderness'For her second song on “American Idol” this week, Jessica Sanchez tackled the Otis Redding hit “Try a Little Tenderness,” which we thought was a bit of a weird choice at first. But then she came out and absolutely burst forth with heretofore unseen personality. She really surprised us.

J.Lo saw it too – she said we finally actually saw this “alter ego” BB Chez we’ve been hearing so much about from Jessica. Randy adds, “That’s what we want to see … that’s what the public wants to see, that’s what they respond to” and Steven Tyler sums up with, “Good God almighty, you’ve done it again … it’s all about stepping out and winning these people’s hearts.”

We hope she did enough to get out of the Bottom 3. We certainly think she did, but it’s in the voters’ hands. Will Jessica be getting your votes, “Idol” fans? The MP3 of her performance is below, in case you missed it.

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."