“American Idol” hopeful Jessica Sanchez was in tears after receiving praise from Academy Award-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson for her latest performance. Jessica Sanchez soared on a rendition of Whitney Houston‘s “I Will Always Love You” on “American Idol” last night. In a night dedicated to paying tribute to Houston (by the girls) and Stevie Wonder (by the boys), Sanchez totally stole the show.

“Yes Jessica! That’s it!!” Jennifer Hudson, a finalist on “American Idol” season three, posted to her Twitter feed after Sanchez’s performance. Even though it was only four short words, the “American Idol” season 11 contestant was moved to tears over the praise.

“Me and my uncle were in the same room when we saw the Tweet and we were like, crying and freaking out,” Jessica Sanchez told AccessHollywood.com’s Laura Saltman after “American Idol” last night. “She’s one of my idols. It’s crazy.”

Jennifer Hudson performed her own rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” during a tribute to the late singer for the 2012 Grammy Awards. The song, written by Dolly Parton, was also played at the conclusion of Houston’s funeral last month in New Jersey.

Considering the song is often considered to be Houston’s signature piece, it was something of risk for Sanchez to choose it for her performance, especially considering the recent tragedy of the superstar’s untimely death. Still, Sanchez said she felt “very confident of my choice” and was “really happy” about how it turned out.

Find out which contestant will not be making the “American Idol” top 12 tonight on FOX.



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