For the Top 4 of “American Idol,” Jessica Sanchez took on some classic singers with Etta James and Jennifer Holliday. Her choice for Etta James was not the well-known “At Last,” but the lesser-known “Steal Away.”

We weren’t sure it was the best choice. It didn’t show off Jessica’s voice to the best of its ability and it’s a little obscure for Idol voters. The judges liked it.  Steven Tyler said, “I loved it … you just nailed that. That showed the other side of your voice.


Then Jessica took on “And I’m Telling You,” which has been everywhere the last five years because of “Dreamgirls.” Thankfully, she sang the absolutely stuffing out of it. Amazing. Brought tears to our eyes at the end. J.Lo summed it up perfectly with, “This is crazy. With a performance like that, there’s nothing to say. Your vocal ability, it’s not something you see all the time.”

What do you think, “Idol” voters? Does Jessica have your votes tonight?

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."