Jessica Sanchez shows some spunk

by Inday Espina-Varona

Posted at May 04 2012 01:18 AM | Updated as of May 04 2012 09:18 AM

In the hands of Joshua Ledet, "To Love Somebody" became a true-blue R&B lament, every line throbbing with meaning.

The three American Idol judges have been too indulgent with Ledet these past weeks, often mistaking bravado for brilliance. Tonight, however, Ledet earned every cheer, every clap in that hall — and in the homes of millions around the world. He paced the song just right, the slow simmer heating up into that wail of yearning.

Nobody came close to him tonight, although Fil-Mex-American talent Jessica Sanchez also blazed a trail of magic with "You Are So Beautiful."

Sanchez gave Idol fans the full drama of Joe Cocker's hymn. Waif-like Sanchez, seated on steps, with fog all around her, making every note and word matter.

It was a big risk. Every gal or guy out there dreams of being serenaded with this song. God knows it’s been made a caricature in a million videoke joints around the globe — the growls, the unforgettable ending. Sanchez wisely eschewed Cocker’s trademark and gave us a peek into the depths that lurk behind that gamine charm.

The restraint did not deprive any line of its beauty; it highlighted Sanchez's crystal tones and built up the story line of a shy young woman falling into the joys and fears of romance. Steve Tyler skirted close to unforgiveable creepiness with his quip, "nothing beats experience than a 16 year old," but you get what that aging lecher means.

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