She’s a small girl, but her voice is anything but. Since the moment American Idol started giving Jessica Sanchez more screen time in Las Vegas, we’ve known that she’s one to watch. In fact, now that she's made the finale, we wouldn’t be surprised if she brought home the Season 11 crown. Here are five reasons why she’s poised to win:
She’s a fantastic singer.
As soon as Jessica brought down the house with her rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” she became an obvious frontrunner. The crowd, viewers, and judges alike were blown away by her powerful vocals and impressive range. As Steven Tyler put it, she “may be the one.”
She’s got that swagger.
An incredible voice won’t get you far without stage presence, but this San Diego girl is lucky enough to have both. Even at just 16 years old, Jessica seems confident and sure of herself when she’s performing. Whether she’s belting out a ballad or dancing around to something more upbeat, she keeps the audience’s attention.
If her over 360,000 Twitter followers are any indication, viewers like Jessica. American Idol’s supposed to be a singing competition, but we all know that popularity matters. The winner needs to inspire people all over the country to vote obsessively, and vote they have.
At 11, Jessica garnered a lot of attention while she was a contestant on America’s Got Talent. Since she’s already gotten a taste of what it’s like to be on a high-stakes performance show, she has been better equipped to handle the pressure week after week. It’s no wonder she always manages to stay poised and focused.
We’re overdue for a girl to win.
It has been five years since the last lady — Season 6’s Jordin Sparks — won the title. Although it looked like we might have a female winner last season when two of the final three contestants were girls, it didn’t happen in the end. This year, it may be time to crown another diva.
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