The top 13 contestants on American Idol performed the first themed live show with the boys taking on classics from [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Stevie Wonder[/lastfm] and the girls paying tribute to the late [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Whitney Houston[/lastfm]. While there were a few stand out performances on the show, it was one contestant’s daring and powerful performance that has everyone talking.
The 16-year-old San Diego native, Jessica Sanchez, blew away the judges and her competition with a stunning rendition of Houston’s signature hit “I Will Always Love You.”
Sanchez took on the ambitious song that is one of the most difficult for performers to get right, but her confident rendition shocked the judges and made her the standout of the night. Judge Steven Tyler even said, “Jessica, you may be the one. You just made 40 million people cry.”
Watch her performance below and tell us how it compares to Houston’s original!