It could be another Latino-winning year for American Idol.
Two Hispanic contestants -- Jessica Sanchez and Jeremy Rosado -- made it to the top 13 on last night’s show.
California native Sanchez won the nationwide vote following her rendition of Jennifer Hudson’s "Love You I Do," on Wednesday's episode. The 16-year-old, who is Filipino-Mexican, is certainly in the lead and has received much praise from the panel of judges.
"They are going to have to pay you next time," judge Steven Tyler told Sanchez on Wednesday's show.
Also, in the running is 19-year-old Jeremy Rosado. Though the Florida resident did not win the nationwide vote, he snagged a spot in the top 13 as one of three wildcards. These three additions to the top 10, chosen by voters at home, are handpicked by each of the three judges.
Rosado represents Jennifer Lopez's pick -- seemingly a no-brainer since he’s been a favorite of hers throughout the season. When Rosado was not chosen for the original top 10, Lopez gave Rosado a chance to "sing for his life" and secure his spot in the top 13 as Lopez's wildcard pick.
With a tear-jerking rendition of Carrie Underwood's "I Know What You Want," Rosado won his second chance, and a big hug from Lopez.
"I believe in Jer bear," Lopez said on the show. "He has one of the most beautiful voices."
Check out the video clip below to see J.Lo break into tears as Rosado finishes his performance.
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