Jessica Sanchez Headed to 'American Idol' Finale

The Eastlake teenager made it to next week's finale of "American Idol"

By R. Stickney
|  Thursday, May 17, 2012  |  Updated 9:04 PM PDT
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Jessica Sanchez sang Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss A Thing" on American Idol Wednesday night.

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Chula Vista resident, Jessica Sanchez, has officially made it to the next week's finale of “American Idol.”

Friends and fans of the 16-year-old packed Eastlake Tavern and Bowl Wednesday night to watch the show.

Sanchez, who visited her hometown just a few days ago, attended Eastlake Middle School and participated in the choir there.

She competed on NBC’s America’s Got Talent when she was 11 years old, singing the Celine Dion song “I Surrender.”

But it’s been her journey through the American Idol contest that has many calling Sanchez “San Diego’s Idol.”

"She can belt it out,” said fan Jayr Messina. “She sounded superb. Just like Mariah Carey although she has her own style.”

“She’s a great singer, who wouldn’t agree,” said Jordan Solaita.

A co-worker, who is also the young singer’s cousin, first introduced Sanchez' voice to Solaita.

“She took it back old school and I liked it a lot,” he said.

“Raw talent, I mean hometown girl, look at her – she’s doing awesome,” said fan Emily Mendoza. “She’s going to have a long, big career – beyond American Idol.”

The results of which two singers are heading to the grand finale were announced on American Idol Thursday night.

In the end, it was announced that Jessica Sanchez, along with Georgia’s Phillip Phillips, will compete for the title next week.

The winner will be crowned Wednesday.

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