These 12 women will perform next Wednesday night
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Jessica Sanchez of 'American Idol
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Notable For: From her San Diego audition through her Group and Vegas solo performances, Jessica's gotten decent exposure, as well as the sympathetic angle of the mother who's sacrificing everything for her career. Like Shannon Magrane, Jessica is a 16-year-old with an absurdly large, slightly under-trained voice. Even though Simon isn't around anymore, song choice is always everything with slightly precocious teens. Pick the right songs? You're Lauren Alaina or Jordin Sparks. Pick the wrong songs? You're Thia Megia or Katie Stevens. Or you don't even make the Top 12. It's a very, very homogenous group of "Idol" women this season and it'll be interesting to see if ethnicity is what helps Jessica stand out.