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Jessica Sanchez Says She Felt Whitney Houston's Presence On 'American Idol'

Thu, March 8, 2012 1:12pm EDT by Russ Weakland 22 Comments chatted one-one-on with the finalist, who performed ‘I Will Always Love You’ on March 6.

In case there was any doubt that Jessica Sanchez was a frontrunner on this season of American Idol, her performance of Whitney Houston‘s “I Will Always Love You” on March 6 solidified her chances. “She’s gone, but while I was singing, it felt like she was there with us,” Jessica told shortly after her powerful performance. “Just the life of the song and everything. I grew up listening to her.”

We also got Jessica’s thoughts on her competition — particularly what her strategy is for making it to the final round.

“As much as we’re competing with each other, we are competing with ourselves, and it’s all about topping our performance every single week. That’s kind of hard for me as I’ve been getting a standing ovation constantly. I’m not trying to sound big-headed or anything, but I’m really trying to fight for that every week. I really put my heart and soul in every performance.”

Watch Jessica’s performance below, then vote: Do you think Jessica will make it to the next round?

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