‘American Idol’ finale call: Jessica Sanchez on Jennifer Hudson aspirations

Jessica may still have a great career.

Jessica Sanchez ended up in second place on “American Idol” this season, but we still have a feeling that she is going to be primed for plenty of success in the future. She came into this competition ready to show off an enormous voice, and she did just that courtesy of “I Will Always Love You” and a number of other memorable performances.

Following the call with Phillip Phillips on Thursday, Jessica spoke out on a number of topics — including some of her song choices and why she thought she was going to come in second place.

On if she felt she was going to win – “Not at all. I believed that Phillip was going to win … he has a big fanbase — we both do — but he’s an artist. He sang so many different songs, and no matter what he sang his sound was in it.”

On when she gets to go home – “I’m not sure when I’m going to go back home, and I don’t know if it is going to be for a couple of days. I’m just going to spend time with the family.”

On picking songs – “For Jimmy Iovine’s song that was all them. For the single I only had a day to pick … it was very difficult, but now that I do have time and variety, I can choose and look through songs. I’m definitely going to make my real single something that [reflects] me.”

On coming back from the save – “It was difficult, but it didn’t really affect my confidence. It made me push harder.”

On having success despite not winning – “Jennifer Hudson came in seventh place, and she’s one of the biggest [stars] of ‘Idol.'”

On the toll the competition takes on her family and her personal life – “It’s hard, it’s difficult, but I’m learning how to cope wtih it. I’m not just doing this for myself, I’m doing this for all of them.”

Do you think Jessica should have won this season, and do you think she has a great shot at a big career?

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