Two Latino contestants, Jessica Sanchez and Jeremy Rosado, made it the top 13 on 'American Idol,' but last night's performances clearly distinguished Sanchez as the favored contender. The 16-year-old San Diego native sang an absolutely amazing cover of Whitney Houston's classic track, I Will Always Love You.

Despite her young age, Sanchez handled the extremely difficult song as if she had been singing it her whole life. In fact, her rendition brought the audience and all three judges to their feet for a great, big standing ovation.  Judge Jennifer Lopez seemed particularly impressed as she clapped and smiled broadly, in what seems like awe and disbelief.  

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OK, I have to admit, I am not a particularly big fan of American Idol, but wow --Sanchez blew me away! In the words of Randy Jackson, this girl can sang. She manages to take on every performance with a maturity that's well beyond her years this particular case was no different. She absolutely nailed it! I mean, any Whitney Houston song is supremely difficult to sing, even for today's leading female vocalists. But performing a beloved ballad like this one is almost unfeasible for most.  And though no one will ever quite live up to Houston herself, I think Sanchez did an incredible job.  She definitely deserves to be a frontrunner for the overall win.

Watch her performance:

What do you think of Sanchez's version of the song?

Image via FOX

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Jessica Sanchez is not a Latina, but of Filipina decent. Research your information a little better next time.
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I loved her, so fresh and sincere, shows her discipline which seems to go with the asian culture, no setttling for so-so has to be the best it goes with the teritory from what I have observed of friends that are of that culture....
Her father is Mexican American and originally from Texas; her mother is Filipina and originally hailed from Bataan province in the Philippines. Therefore, she is at least half Latina!
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I don't watch the show, but she sings beautifully!

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Fellow Filipinos! you are extremely annoying! Stop being possessive of Jessica Sanchez! Having a mexican father, Jessica is half Latina. Be proud, that's OK but have humility with your pride. Excessive pride and one that annoys will not get her votes. Filipino Pride is OK but Jessica is not completely Filipino. COMPRENDE?
what makes her a half-latina and half filipino are her parents and JESSICA SANCHEZ who born and raised in america is what makes her an american. geez people grow some brain cells.
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