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'American Idol': Jessica Sanchez felt like Whitney Houston 'was still there with us'

Although some of the "American Idol" Top 13 didn't grow up listening to Whitney Houston, overall the group of girls managed to do justice to the singer's catalog of hits on their first finalist performance night.Jessica Sanchez, who slayed her rendition of "I Will Always Love You," tells Zap2it that while she was performing, she felt like Houston was there in spirit. "She's gone, but I felt like when I was singing that she was still there with us -- just the life in the song and everything," Sanchez says. "I grew up listening to her, and she's one of the people who just taught me how to sing."The judges -- and the audience -- loved Sanchez's interpretation of the song, and although the 16-year-old singer is happy about the reaction to her performance, she says that she's starting to get nervous about all the pressure that comes from getting rave reviews every week. "We're... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/03/american-idol-jessica-sanchez-felt-like-whitney-houston-was-still-there-with-us.html

'American Idol': Phillip Phillips back from hospital, will participate in Top 13 results show

"American Idol" frontrunner Phillip Phillips is back in the studio after being rushed to the hospital earlier today (March 8) for an unknown ailment.Sources close to production tell Zap2it that Phillips did go to the hospital earlier, but is now back in the studio and will participate in tonight's results show. TMZ reports that the singer sought medical treatment after experiencing intense abdominal pain, and that friends think gallstones are to blame. There's no official word on what Phillips was suffering from.Phillips is one of Season 11's most buzzed-about contestants, and closed out last night's Top 13 performance show with a scorching, guitar-driven rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition." He seemed in good spirits both times Zap2it spoke with him this week, although he mentioned both times that the grueling production schedule left him quite tired. (A feeling shared by his fellow "Idol" contestants.)When asked how he's been dealing with being thrust into the spotlight, Phillips... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/03/american-idol-phillip-phillips-back-from-hospital-will-participate-in-top-13-results-show.html

'American Idol' Top 13 Finalists Reflect on Live Performances, Reveal Their Music Icons (Videos)

  The top 13 contestants on  American Idol  season 11 spoke to  The Hollywood Reporter about their live performances and their long road to the top. American Idol season nine alum and The Hollywood Reporter’s special  Idol  correspondent  Didi Benami interviewed the reality TV hopefuls on the blue carpet at an event celebrating the top 13. Read More... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/PuGt_8KMaoo/american-idol-top-13-finalists-interviews-297493