American Idol 2012 top 5 petite powerhouse Jessica Sanchez has been considered a frontrunner this season since very early on. Although she did once somehow find her way to the bottom and was nearly eliminated, Jessica Sanchez is still consistently ranked in the fan polls as the leading favorite to win American Idol 2012.

Everyone was shocked the week Jessica Sanchez fell into the bottom two and would have been eliminated if the judges hadn’t used their own save of the season to dramatically keep her from being booted off American Idol 2012. Yet, before that she was considered the leading favorite to win and after that week, she has never fallen out of favor again. A strange fluke? Her fans thought she would be safe that week and gave their votes to their second favorite? A wild conspiracy by the American Idol 2012 producers to garner some sympathy for their ‘favorite’? Who knows.

For some reason Jessica Sanchez seems to inspire a very strong reaction from fans on both sides with viewers either loving her or hating her and very few feeling anything in between. What kind of reaction will Jessica Sanchez provoke this week on her inevitable way to the American Idol 2012 top 4? Watch her first song of the night and share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

Jessica Sanchez — “Proud Mary” by Ike and Tina Turner

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