Jessica Sanchez lost no time in letting viewers know she’s “in it to win it” by delivering a powerhouse rendition of “I Have Nothing” just minutes after “American Idol” Season 11 finale began Wednesday morning (PHL time; Tuesday night in the US West Coast).
The petite 16-year-old Filipina-American-Mexican picked the Whitney Houston song for round 1 of the top-rating show.
Phillip Phillips, the other finalist, on the other hand, sang “Stand By Me,” accompanied by bongos and an electric guitar.
AI judge Randy Jackson said round 1 went to Sanchez, making the crowd go wild.
For round 2, the finalists got to relive their favorite performances in this season.
Sanchez sang "The Prayer," while Phillips chose "Movin' Out" by Billy Joel.
AI judge Steven Tyler said Sanchez won the second round, but Jennifer Lopez, another judge, thought Phillips won it.
Jackson believed it was dead even.
Sanchez and Phillips will sing one more song before voting begins to determine this year’s winner of “American Idol.”
Voting for US residents will run for four hours right after the performances.
The winner will be revealed on Thursday morning (PHL time).
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Jessica Sanchez wows crowd in 'American Idol' finale