A couple of weeks ago on 'American Idol,' the judges used their one save of the season on 16-year-old Jessica Sanchez.
After Jessica's show-stopping performance on last night's show, it's clear that they made 100% the right decision!
It was '60s week and Brit pop week last night on Idol and the half-Mexican, half-Filipino contestant took on two songs - Joe Cocker's "You Are So Beautiful" and Tina Turner's "Proud Mary." The judges loved the way Jessica attacked both songs.
"You're gonna be number one girl," Steven Tyler said when Jessica finished singing "You Are So Beautiful." Judge Jennifer Lopez also loved the performance: "How could we have let this girl go home? Come on!" she said. And, Randy Jackson said Jessica is the one to beat in the competition. "This girl is in the top of the leader board right now, dude!" he said.
But as great as her performance was on the Joe Cocker song, it was Jessica's first performance - when she sang Tina Turner's "Proud Mary" - that really brought the house down last night. The singer, who is usually very reserved during her performances, worked the stage like a pro - and earned raves from the judges. "You were a litle bit of Tina, a little bit of Beyonce, little bit of I-don't-know-what up there!" Jennifer Lopez said. Steven Tyler agreed with Lopez: "The only thing that gives experience a run for its money is a 16-year-old," he said.
Only Randy Jackson had mixed feelings about the performance, saying: "Well, I was in a little bit of a different place. This performance was barely OK," he said, as he got boos from the audience. "You took on probably the biggest dragon of the night. The performance was OK, but I don't know, it didn't really quite sit with me."
But Lopez was quick to come to Jessica's defense. "She did a great job," she said, adding, "Whatever."
We agree with La Lopez. Just go ahead and crown Jessica the next American Idol already!
CHECK OUT THIS SLIDESHOW OF LATINOS ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
Cuban born actor, Andy Garcia earned his star in The Hollywood Walk fo Fame in 1995. Garcia earned an Oscar nomination for his role in "The Godfather Part III" and a Grammy as producer of "Ahora Si" by Israel "Cachao" Lopez. More recently he played the role of Terry Benedict, the casino mogul, in "Ocean's Eleven" and it's following sequels. Garcia will appear in the movie "Hemingway and Fuentes", which will be released in 2012, in the role of Gregorio Fuentes.
Aguilera, who's father is originally from Ecuador, was awarded a star in The Hollywood Walk fo Fame in 2010. In 1999 she had three number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100--"Genie in a Bottle", "What a Girl Wants", and "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)."
The Mexican-American rock star was immortalized in 1998. Santana is known for his guitar-playing skills and he became famous in the late 60 with his band "Santana". He was a pioneer in mixing Latin rhythms, jazz and rock. In 2003, <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-greatest-guitarists-of-all-time-19691231" target="_hplink">Rolling Stone Magazine named Santana number 15 in their list of 100 greatest artists of all times. </a>
George Lopez, of Mexican descent, was awarded a place in The Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006. He is known for starring in his popular ABC sitcom "George Lopez". He is also known for his stand-up comedy which examines race and ethnic relations, focusing in Mexican American culture.
The Estefans share one more thing other than their Cuban descent and their undeniable musical talent. They both have star in The Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Gloria got hers in 1993 and Emilio got his in 2005. The power-couple has been married since 1976 and have been producing great music ever since.
The Mexican singer, known as <a href="http://latinmusic.about.com/od/artistsen/p/PRO01VFERN.htm" target="_hplink">"El Rey De Rancher" ("King Of Ranchera Music")</a> was awarded a star in 1998. Fernandez, who <a href="http://latinmusic.about.com/od/artistsen/p/PRO01VFERN.htm" target="_hplink">started singing at local restaurants and events</a>, is now not only a famous singer, but a cultural icon. In 2002 Fernandez was recognized by the Latin Recording Academy as Person of the Year.