MANILA, Philippines - Filipino-Mexican American Jessica Sanchez made it to the Top 2 of American Idol Season 11.
Sanchez got her chance of a lifetime after she was saved by American voters.
She will be battling singer Phillip Phillips at the show's finale. Joshua Ledet was eliminated from the competition.
Sanchez is the first American of Asian descent to compete in the finale of the popular talent show. Her mother is a Filipina, while her father is a Mexican-American.
The finale will consist of a 2-hour performance episode on May 22, followed by a results episode on May 23. The winner will receive a recording contract.
On Wednesday night (US time), Sanchez got a standing ovation from "Idol" judge Steven Tyler after she performed "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing."
"You just took a great song and made it greater!,” Tyler said.
Jennifer Lopez stressed that it was a big deal that Tyler liked Sanchez's rendition because he does not usually like covers of his own songs.
Lopez also lauded what Sanchez did with the song’s last note. "That note at the end sent everyone to the heavens,” she said.
Randy Jackson also applauded Sanchez for deciding to take tough hills to climb. “Dude, you delivered,” he said.
On Wednesday, Sanchez came to the show nursing a sore throat. Aside from "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing," Sanchez also performed Mariah Carey's "My All" which was chosen by "Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez.
She also performed the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There," which was picked by the show's resident mentor Jimmy Iovine.