'American Idol' welcomes two Latino contestants to the final 13! (VIDEO)

Last night's episode of American Idol was full of suspense and anxiety for the contestants, as they faced the elimination that would cut their group into 13. Luckily, both of the two remaining Latino singers, Jessica Sanchez and Jeremy Rosado, made it into the next round!


The dramatic episode unfolded with the initial announcement naming only the top 10 contestants --five guys and five girls, which included 16-year-old Sanchez. "The whole thing is really so beyond your years, it's crazy," said judge Jennifer Lopez of Sanchez's voice.

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Then, in an attempt to nab one of the three final "wild card" spots, six singers each  took to the stage for a last shot at proving themselves to judges Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler. 19-year-old Jeremy was chosen as a wild card contender after he sang an emotional version of "I Know You Won't" by Carrie Underwood.  

"I believe in this kid. I believe in Jer Bear, " Lopez gushed after his performance.

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Well, Lopez's support must have helped because in the last few minutes of the show it was revealed that Jeremy and two others were chosen to round out the final 13.

It's so exciting for Jessica and Jeremy, their families and the whole Latino community--and it's even more impressive considering how young both of the contestants are! But given their talent and vocal skills, it's clear these two were meant to stay in this competition for the long haul.

Watch videos of Jeremy and Jessica's performances from the competition below:

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