Ever since Jessica Sanchez killed the song “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston in the earlier part of the show, she’s been dubbed by American Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine as one of the best contestants of the show for all time.
We witnessed how the judges saved her during her shock elimination on the Top 7 results show because vocally, as Randy Jackson puts it, Jessica is “one of the best singers in America ever.”
But lately, Jessica is no longer getting standing ovation from the judges. The reason is obvious: poor song choice.
In the recent “power rankings” by Entertainment Weekly, Jessica Sanchez slipped to no. 4. The site noted that Sanchez’s song picks last week–“Fallin'” by Alicia Keys for the first round and a cover of Otis Redding‘s classic “Try A Little Tenderness” for the second round–were kinda “old” for her.
During the Top 6 performance night (Songs of Queen), Jessica received mix reviews.
Jessica’s Queen song was “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the judges thought the performance was mediocre.
Her chosen song (second round), “Dance with my Father” by Luther Vandross was praised by Jennifer Lopez but critics say it’s boring.
If Jessica survives another elimination tomorrow, she should take extra careful in picking the songs that she will sing. If she can pick songs that appeal to young people her age just like what Hollie Cavanagh is doing right now, then she might get her fourth and fifth standing ovation from the judges.
And if the song list is limited to classics, Jessica should pick those songs that will showcase her vocal prowess. A Celine Dion song or another Whitney if she must.
Just my opinion.