After serenading the audience with her beautiful and eerie rendition of Beyonce's "Sweet Dreams" last week, half-Mexican and half-Filipino "American Idol" contestant Jessica Sanchez came back just as strong last night with a soulful and upbeat performance of Whitney Houston's 1985 song "How Will I Know."
In one of her more up-tempo performances, the 16-year-old California-native looked confident and self-assured on stage, and showed more personality than ever before. While she usually just stands in place and showcases her amazing vocals, last night Jessica really worked the stage and seemed to genuinely be enjoying herself. But what really sold Jessica's performance were the runs in her voice which recalled the late great Whitney Houston.
"You're such a little girl, but there's a woman up there at the same time," judge Jennifer Lopez said of Jessica's performance. "Your vocals just make everything go away for me. I listen to you and I can't believe those vocals are coming out of that little body." Randy Jackson agreed with Lopez: "You did an amazing job ... I can't believe the maturity in you."
This isn't the first time the San Diego high school student has taken on a Whitney song. In early March, Jessica tackled Whitney's biggest hit, "I Will Always Love You" and earned rave reviews from the judges. "Jessica, you may be the one. You just made 40 million people cry," judge Steven Tyler said at the time.
What did you think of Jessica's performance? Did she nail Whitney's "How Will I Know?" Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Who would've thought that little Rory Gilmore is a Latina? But Alexis Bledel, who starred as Gilmore in the CW series Gilmore Girls has Latino genes coming from both sides of her family. Bledel, who was born in Houston, Texas, is daughter of a Mexican mother and an Argentinian father, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0088127/bio" target="_hplink">according to her official bio on IMDB.</a> Even though she pretended not to be be fluent in Spanish in <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yOARfgKUqk" target="_hplink">this Gilmore Girls' episode,</a> Bledel's first language is in fact Spanish.
Kid Cudi became a music sensation after his song "Day n' Nite" debuted in 2008. Kid Cudi, whose birth name is Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to an African American mother and a Mexican father, <a href="http://www.latina.com/entertainment/tv/kid-cudi-learns-how-make-it-america" target="_hplink">according to Latina.</a> Since his mega hit in 2008, the rapper has also ventured into the acting world. He plays Domingo Brown on the HBO series, "How to Make it in America".
Yes, comedian Aubrey Plaza is Latina! Plaza, who plays Amy Poehler's bratty college intern, April, on the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation is half Puerto Rican. She grew up in Wilmington, Delaware. "I have a huge family and tons of cousins in Puerto Rico. We actually hung out with them last summer, and it was awesome", <a href="http://www.latina.com/entertainment/tv/parks-recreation-star-aubrey-plaza-explains-why-shes-so-hot-right-now" target="_hplink">she told Latina.</a> Plaza had her big Hollywood break when she appeared as Daisy in Judd Apatow's movie "Funny People".
David Blaine, the magician known for his over-the-top, life threatening tricks, is Latino. His father is Puerto Rican, <a href="http://www.latina.com/entertainment/buzz/shocking-15-more-stars-you-never-knew-were-latino?slide=7" target="_hplink">according to Latina. </a> He <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVhJ8pXKaKQ" target="_hplink">has levitated on camera</a>, he was <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9D-biQM3ag" target="_hplink">drowned alive</a> and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILiMCVV9fYA" target="_hplink">froze himself in a 6-ton block of ice in New York City's Times Square </a>, from which he emerged 61 hours later.
Although Snooki became famous by playing a Jersey Shore' guidette, a term which usually refers to Italians, Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi is actually Latina. She was born in Chile but was adopted by Italian American parents, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3725472/bio" target="_hplink">according to her bio on IMDB.</a>
For ten seasons you watched David Gallagher play <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX7ns7C65aY" target="_hplink">Simon Camden, the cute little blonde boy turned rebellious teenager</a> in the show "7th Heaven." Simon was a member of the Christian, white, suburban Camden household. His blonde locks and green eyes made him a perfect fit for the Camden family. But Gallagher was born in Flushing, Queens, to a Cuban mother, <a href="http://www.latina.com/vivo-david-gallagher" target="_hplink">according to Latina. </a>
Odette Yustman appeared with Megan Fox in the action-thriller "Transformers." But her big break came when she starred in the 2009 horror film "The Unborn." The stunning actress was born in Los Angeles, California, to a Cuban mother and a Colombian father, according to Ethnicelebs. She's been appearing regularly on "House" since the show began it's eighth season this year.
Vanessa Marcil is best known her role as Gina Kincaid, the little vixen on Aaron Spelling's series, Beverly Hills, 90210. She later went on to play Sam, a tough business woman, for five years in the NBC show "Las Vegas." Marcil, whose birth name is Sally Vanessa Ortiz, was born in Indio, California, to a Mexican father and a French mother.
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