Jessica Sanchez Nails Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ on ‘American Idol’ (VIDEO)

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Though there are still over 10 weeks left in the competition, Jessica Sanchez emerged as a major contender to win American Idol season 11 last night, thanks to an incredible cover of Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You.

The 16-year-old from San Diego, CA, took on the near-impossible to sing classic with the grace and confidence of a seasoned pro. It’s no wonder the judges gave her a standing ovation after the performance was over!

Celebuzz readers seem to love Jessica, too. In our Who Will Win American Idol? poll, Jessica was the clear favorite to the the coveted title.

Could Jessica go all the way? Or was her performance last night totally overrated? Check out a clip in our video, then sound off in the comments.