Jessica Sanchez Channels Whitney on "I Will Always Love You," May Be "The One"

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Jessica Sanchez sang Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" on American Idol this week, and with it, may have established herself as the Season 11 frontrunner.

Seriously. If Jessica Sanchez wasn't in your Top 5 heading into Wednesday night, she is now. It was awesome, in one word. Don't believe us? Take it from the panel:

Jennifer Lopez: [at a loss for words] "Just, just amazing."

Randy Jackson: "This is one of the hardest songs to sing."

Steven Tyler: "You may be The One. You just made 40 million people cry."

LOL. Try 20 million at best, Steve ... which is no small feat of course. In any case, listen to the nearly flawless performance and try to hold back the tears below ...

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I posted on Facebook during Jessica's rendition how she had brought me to tears. That makes two people that can belt out that beautiful but difficult song! I never would have thought that someone could sing it as well as Whitney.She is MY American Idol!

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I posted on Facebook during Jessica's rendition how she had brought me to tears. That makes two people that can belt out that beautiful but difficult song! I never would have thought that someone could sing it as well as Whitney Houston!

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Jessica is in the house. BRAVO!!

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]