16-Year-Old Kills 'I Will Always Love You'

Jessica Sanchez gets standing ovation for Whitney Houston cover
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2012 9:17 AM CST

(Newser) – Sixteen-year-old Jessica Sanchez "made 40 million people cry" last night when she performed Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" on American Idol, judge Steven Tyler told her. The San Diego high school student enjoyed a standing ovation after her performance and reaped praise from all three judges; Randy Jackson called her "one of the best talents in the whole country." Last night's Idol featured Stevie Wonder songs for the male contestants and Houston songs for the females, the AP notes.

In other Idol news, Vulture notes that first-season winner Kelly Clarkson has signed on to "ABC's version of Idol," a talent competition called Duets that involves famous singers searching the country for amateur musical partners. (Read more American Idol stories.)

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