American Idol's Jessica Sanchez Releases Debut Album
American Idol wasn't the first time she auditioned for a singing competition, though. Sanchez tried out for America's Got Talent at the age of 10 and was devastated when she didn't make the cut.
"That's when I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life," she told Radio.com. "I was traumatized when I didn't make it on [America's Got Talent]. It just made me stronger. Then Idol came and I was eligible for that. I didn't think I would make it that far. Logically, out of all these people how would I win or how would I get in the Top 10?"
She made it not only to the Top 10, but the final two. Radio.com talked with the 17-year-old during the week of her debut album release Me, You & the Music and Sanchez filled us in on why she likens singing songs written by others to acting (she recently guest-starred on Glee).
"I've been singing my whole life, and I had to play a different character while singing, which is easy for me [but] not so easy on Glee," she said. "I've been training myself and listening to other artists and seeing where their emotion comes from, singing a heartbreak song when they're in a happy relationship. It's difficult to explain, but when the music comes on and I listen to the lyrics it puts me in a different place and I feel like I've been heartbroken for years and I haven't seen my man in 20 years — and I'm only 17." more on this story
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