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I said it before Whitney passed away and I’ll say it until I’m proven wrong: nobody could sing quite like Whitney Houston and once she sang a song she really made it her own.

So when American Idol announced that it’s 400th episode would feature the women of the competition covering Whitney Houston tunes and the men covering Stevie Wonder tunes (Stevie being another incomparable artist), I practically popped popcorn in preparation to watch the series of failures that just had to be coming. But Jessica Sanchez, a 16-year-old San Diego high school student singing “I Will Always Love You,” was anything but — she didn’t sound like Whitney but is one of the few to actually sound good trying. The young lady wowed the crowd, all of the judges, and everyone watching. See for yourself:

What do you think of Jessica Sanchez’s rendition? Did she nail it?

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