'American Idol' Top 12 Girls Performance Recap: Sick Jessica Sanchez Wows the Judges

'American Idol' Top 12 Girls Performance Recap: Sick Jessica Sanchez Wows the Judges

Jessica's performance earns her a standing ovation though she recently suffered swollen vocal chords, while Hollie Cavanagh shows she has a shot at winning the competition.
After the top 13 guys performed on Tuesday, it's the girls' turn to take the stage in a Wednesday, February 29 episode of "American Idol". Chelsea Sorrell kicked it off with "Cowboy Casanova" by Carrie Underwood.

The country girl got some critics from judges with Jennifer Lopez saying the song made her sound nasally. Randy Jackson praised her strong vocals, but did not like her choice of song. Steven Tyler, meanwhile, told her to watch her phrasing and her timing.

Erika Van Pelt came out next with Heart's "What About Love". Though the performance wasn't stellar, Steven and Randy liked the confidence she showed on stage. J.Lo said, "You are one of our power voices", but added that the Rhode Island DJ could have done it better.

Jen Hirsch opted to do a cover of Adele's "One and Only". The judges had nothing but praises with J.Lo saying Jen was the first person to really let loose, and Randy gushed, "I think you're one of the greatest singers in this competition this year."

Brielle Von Hugel sang "Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding, starting the performance by sitting among the top 13 guys. Though she was a bit shaky in the beginning, Steven praised her for having a "great sense of the blues."

Hallie Day delivered "Feeling Good" by Michael Buble. J.Lo said she has a beautiful voice as well as the looks of a star. Randy and Steven agreed that 24-year-old Maryland girl's got the voice.

Skylar Laine made an energetic performance of The Faces' "Stay With Me" without leaving her country root. Steven said, "You're a pistol. Keep it up." J.Lo loved her energy and described the performance as "Tina Turner went country." Randy, meanwhile, said the aspiring singer is "Reba [McEntire] mixed with Kelly Clarkson."

Baylie Brown delivered a cover of Lonestar's "Amazed", but she failed to amaze the judges. Steven praised her looks but said that he'd heard her sing better, while J.Lo felt that she didn't seem to have total control. Randy added the performance had a lot of problems.

Hollie Cavanagh showed she has a wide range of vocals by singing Christina Aguilera's "Reflection". J.Lo declared her as one of the frontrunners to be "Idol" winner. Steven and Randy also loved the performance, but the Aerosmith frontman advised her to wear her hair down next time.

Haley Johnsen perhaps made a bad song choice by picking "Sweet Dreams" by Eurythmics. Randy commented it's "a bit of a nightmare, instead of a dream," prompting the audience to boo him.

Next up, Shannon Magrane sang "Go Light Your World" by Kathy Trocoli. J.Lo admired the 16-year-old girl's passion and was impressed by the power of her voice for someone her age.

Despite having swollen vocal chords, Jessica Sanchez nailed it when covering Jennifer Hudson's "Love You I Do". The judges gave her a standing ovation with Randy stating she's "one of the best of the two nights." Steven chimed in, "Your voice is perfect, your pitch is perfect."

Adele's "One and Only" was once again heard on "Idol" that night when Elise Testone performed, opening it by sitting behind a piano. She was so connected to the song that she almost cried. The judges appreciated that it was bluesy and from the heart, with Randy adding she's "a force to be reckoned with."

"American Idol" will return Thursday, March 1 with the announcement of the Top 13 for all male and female contestants.

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