Although “American Idol” finalist Jessica Sanchez was almost sent packing back to San Diego during the first Top 7 results show, judging from the pre-taped package that opened the second Top 7 episode, “Idol” producers are hoping she stays in the game long after the judges’ save.
However, Sanchez tells Zap2it that she doesn’t feel like she’s the favorite in the competition. “I really don’t feel that! I don’t know, I don’t want to feel like I’m like a favorite or anything. I think we’re all equal here. All of us are really talented,” she says.
Besides, they’re all such different types of singers that it’s hard to compare. “We’re all different genres, too, so I don’t even know who’s going to win. All of us are going to have different albums.”
That said, she certainly feels the pressure when the judges give her such lovely compliments. “Backstage we were watching the intro to the show and it was all about the save last week, and my nerves just skyrocketed. I was like ‘Oh, here we go. I can’t disappoint them.'”
During the second Top 7 week, the judges continued to praise Sanchez’s flawless vocals but kept urging her to break out of her shell in terms of her movements and emotion. Still, she had some of the best critiques of the night.
Phillip Phillips says he doesn’t mind that the judges seem to have a soft spot for the 16-year-old singer. “Jessica’s amazing,” he says. “I don’t let that stuff bother me, man. It’s people’s opinions about everyone. Some people might not like me and might like Jessica, some people might like me and not like Jessica. You can’t let that stuff bother you.”
Should Jessica have gotten the save? Is she really as good as all the hype?