Jessica Sanchez 'Sweet Dreams' Wakes The Crowd on 'American Idol'

03/29/2012 12:18 pm ET | Updated Mar 29, 2012
  • Lee Hernandez Editorial Director & Co-President at

On last night’s "American Idol,” the nine remaining contestants were asked to pick a song by one of their personal Idols.

For half-Mexican, half-Filipino singer (and season eleven frontrunner) Jessica Sanchez, the choice was a no-brainer: Beyonce. "My idol is Beyonce, she's just an amazing performer, she's an amazing vocalist," Jessica said just before her performance of Beyonce's hit song, "Sweet Dreams."

With the help of Idol mentor Stevie Nicks, Jessica made the well-known song her own by turning it into a slow ballad and the judges were impressed. "If I was Beyonce and I was home and I heard that, I'd be like, "I got to do that in my next concert, slow that one down," said judge Jennifer Lopez. Steven Tyler called the performance "delicious" and "beautiful" and Randy Jackson called Jessica "one of the best singers he's heard" in years, and added that Jessica "told a beautiful story in a beautiful way."

What did you think of Jessica's rendition of "Sweet Dreams?"


CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article did not include that Sanchez is half-Filipino.


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