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Jessica Sanchez Drops to No. 4 of ‘Idol Rankings’ Because of Poor Song Choice

Jessica Sanchez is clearly one of the favorite contestants by the producers and judges of American Idol but her song choices are hurting her rankings.

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.

17 Comments on Jessica Sanchez Drops to No. 4 of ‘Idol Rankings’ Because of Poor Song Choice

  1. Agree with Melanie.. AI has themes each week (i.e. Songs from the ’60s, Songs by Queen, CA Theme, etc).  IWhat do you expect?  Although Jessica had the opportunity to pick recent songs,  singing a Miley Cyrus song or Selena Gomez (teenagers’ song) will not show much of her vocal range. Additionally,  Jessica also grew up listening to songs by Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Whitney, Beyonce.etc.. I am very impressed with Jessica.  She is very talented.. Whether she wins or lose, it doesn’t matter. Jessica will have a very successful career in the music industry. I’ve also watched videos of her dancing/singing at the same time and I know she has written some rap music which I listened to a few years ago. 

  2. i dont believe she is a great singer anything she can sing as long as the great talent and  emotion is there, for me nobody really is picking the right song, plus the fact that shes only 16 a lot of music now a day is not so challenging especially the younger now  except the way charice sing ballads and divas song, and they ask the contestant to pick song from featured singer like last week the song of queen wat do u expect. jessica should pick song that can show her vocal ability after all ai is a singing contest its not just for voting ur favorites. 

  3. Yeah, i believe she is fit to the music  of celine,witney and barbra streisand  .No matter song she choose she made it popular as always.Jessica
    you beat all the contestant thats given, Everytime i watching you its like  i am watching  your own concert  so lively,and waiting for more suprises in your performance, so dont think those other contestant for the past you already beat them.

  4. jessica should sing upbeat song…

  5. Licardojeff // April 27, 2012 at 7:48 pm //

    I love this article this is so true..though I love jessica..very much!

  6. watermark // April 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm //

    yeahhh i know if your basis was EW…read from PEOPLE…it says ” was back in top form, nailing “Bohemian Rhapsody” and turning out an emotional performance of Luther Vandross’s ” 🙂

  7. even u are better singer, song choose and how you sing it is make you best… to jessica good luck and always do youre best

  8. Chechebureche // April 27, 2012 at 10:47 am //

    Dont worry about EW ranking. They replaced Jessica for Colton as no.1 then that’s when Colton was eliminated. Just keep voting. 

  9. Read the article, the ranking was from EW.com!

  10. Jessica Sanchez should Try Christinas Aguilera’s song You Lost me, its kinda powerful song but it will nail her a spot.

  11. watermark // April 27, 2012 at 9:44 am //

    jessica is safe and she is on top three, elise was elliminated…

  12. watermark // April 27, 2012 at 9:03 am //

    Starmo who says that Jessica is on that ranking? check other blogsite it says…”Jessica Sanchez, who earned the only judges’ save, was back in top form, nailing “Bohemian Rhapsody” and turning out an emotional performance of Luther Vandross’s “Dance With My Father,” which she dedicated to her own military dad.

    “You’re so natural,” Randy Jackson said. “You know what was wrong with it? Absolutely nothing!”

  13. its hard for jessica to pick a song because if she choose a new song it wouldnt be fit to her vocal abilities but she choose old ones it would be too old for her. its hard to find a song that would fit to a young girl but old vocal range. 

  14. Jessica should pick a song that people can relate too. It should be current and believable when a 16 year old sing it. Suggestion: Tina Arena’s “Burn”, Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper,” Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This,” Aretha Franklin’s “Natural Woman,” or Mariah Carey’s “Can’t Take Away”

  15. btw! Randy Jackson, starting to get into my nerve! , always trying to convince the other judges to stand everytime Joshua performs, WTF!

  16. well, why insisting on Celine’s song? the writer of this is totally nuts! always saying celine celine celine, Jessica’s voice is strong, yet its more on blues…. choose afro american songs, the new kids afro american singers, anyone will do… I guess 

  17. Leppyhababag // April 26, 2012 at 10:33 pm //

    bohemian rhapsody was the first song, the second one was dance with my father…the judges loved the second song, the first one received good reviews as well but she struggled on the rock part

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