Despite a successful audition, she was not seen on the show until the wild card round of the semi-finals when judge Brandy Norwood selected her to return for a chance to compete for the finals.Norwood predicted, "You’re gonna be huge, I promise," after seeing her perform "I Surrender" by Celine Dion.

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It's been seven months since "American Idol's" 2012 iteration ended, though we still feel its aftershock in everyday life, provided you own a TV or listen to the radio, therefore often hearing or seeing its most recent victor, Phillip Phillips, buoyed tremendously by hit single "Home." Beyond that? It was the last season for judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, whose tenure on the show was marked by little more than Tyler's odd quotations. Heejun Han stole everyone's hearts during the Hollywood rounds.

Though season 11 will be marked by Phillips' taking of America (long or short as it may last) and the discovery of a potential future superstar in the young, diva-voiced Jessica Sanchez, so far it has little else to say for itself.

She started singing at the age of 2, and aspires to be a mainstream singer who can "belt but sing upbeat songs".

Eminem and Beyoncé are her favorite male and female artists, while Jennifer Hudson is her favorite American Idol contestant.

9 on the Hot 100), worldwide attention during the Olympics due to said song and spots on seemingly every single TV show ever, from the World Series to the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony? His debut album, "The World From the Side of the Moon," was released in November, debuting at No. The only other singer in the competition besides Phillip who was pretty much a sure bet to have some serious support each week (except for that one week she had to be saved), Sanchez has maintained a steady diet of live appearances (Democratic National Convention), TV spots (a recurring role on the fourth season of "Glee" later in the year) and inter-"Idol" dating (she's reportedly still with fellow season 11 alum Deandre Brackensick).

After signing to Interscope Records, her debut was tentatively scheduled for November of last year, but will instead drop in the spring.But unlike most rejected "Idol" singers, the road didn't stop there for the Florida native.He was approached by multiple industry execs following his elimination, eventually recording a seven-track EP entitled "From Where I Stand," which reached No. Apparently he'll be back this year to try to impress the judges a little more this time around, so peg him as an early frontrunner for the live shows for sure.So far, little has come of such acclaim, with little talk of an album and minimal appearances by Ledet, though he recently sang the National Anthem at the New Orleans Saints-Carolina Panthers NFL game on Dec. Still, it may be that the show's management is focusing the brunt of its attention on its top two at the moment. Rarely was she the frontrunner, and the judges had plenty to say about her song choices, but there's a chance that her voice will mature even further -- and if so, watch out.Like Joshua, Hollie has been fairly quiet since the "Idol" tour ended, but she at least has a slightly better asset to her credit: a timeframe.On September 22, 2008, Sanchez sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" before a San Diego Chargers versus New York Jets National Football League matchup.