Sixteen-year-old Jessica Sanchez got into American Idol Season 11's Top 13. The Filipino-Mexican impressed the judges and got a standing ovation on girls' performance night when she sang her version of AI alumna Jennifer Hudson's "Love You I Do" from the movie Dreamgirls.
Before her performance, she revealed that she was suffering from a sore throat and hadn't been able to practice as much as she wanted to.
Jennifer Hudson herself lauded Jessica's performance in a Tweet on her official Twitter account, @iamjhud. "Oh I saw it , I saw it!" she said. "Gone Jessica gone! N that attitude with it was everything too! Yes!!!!"
From the 25 semi-finalists, voters picked 5 girls and 5 boys to get into the final 13. Jessica's stellar performance earned her one of those 10 spots. Meanwhile, the judges each picked a "wildcard" contestant to complete the top 13.
Here is the full list of singers who made it:
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(Screencap from American Idol courtesy of FOX)