CHULA VISTA (CNS) - A petite 16-year-old Chula Vista girl with a huge voice is among the top three contestants on "American Idol" Friday.
Jessica Sanchez beat out tens of thousands of hopefuls who auditioned nationwide for the 11th season of the popular Fox singing program, including an estimated 9,000 who jammed Petco Park last July. In October, a vetted crowd was invited to sing for celebrity judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler aboard the USS Midway Museum.
Nearly 70 million votes were cast following Wednesday night's performances by the top four contestants, "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest told viewers.
Sanchez advanced to the top three in Thursday night's show, along with Joshua Paul Ledet, 20, of Westlake, La. and 21-year-old Phillip Phillips, Jr. of Leesburg, Ga.
Based on viewer votes, Sanchez almost went home a few weeks ago but the judges used their one save to keep her in the contest.
Sanchez, junior who attended Eastlake High School, is the second recent contestant from San Diego County to make it deep into the "Idol" competition. Adam Lambert, who graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in Rancho Penasquitos, rocked his way to a runner-up finish three years ago.
On Saturday, Sanchez is scheduled to give two performances in the San Diego area as part of homecoming segments being filmed for next week's "Idol." The first is scheduled from 10:15 a.m. to noon at Eastlake High School football stadium in Chula Vista. The second is from 2 to 3 p.m. on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum in downtown San Diego. Admission to both performances is free but limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Scattered shower are expected throughout San Diego County Wednesday as one storm makes way for a more powerful system expected to sweep into the region, potentially bringing moderate to heavy rainfall through Friday morning.
Crews reopened the left lane of the northbound Interstate 805 off-ramp to Kearny Villa Road Wednesday morning as they continue to work on repairing a giant sinkhole.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer outlined ambitious plans to cut through bureaucracy and combat a dearth of affordable and available housing during his fifth State of the City address Tuesday night.
The criminal complaint charging a Wisconsin man with abducting 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents laid out the case in detail and offered a possible road map for how prosecutors will seek a conviction in the girl's 88-day ordeal.
The risk of dying from an opioid overdose is now greater than dying in a car crash. It’s a crisis that continues to worsen across the country and in California.
Twenty-five years ago this week, a violent, pre-dawn earthquake shook Los Angeles from its sleep, and sunrise revealed widespread devastation, with dozens killed and $25 billion in damage.
A Colombian drug trafficker testified Tuesday that Mexican cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman boasted about paying a $100 million bribe to the former president of Mexico to call off a manhunt for the notorious kingpin.
One In-N-Out Burger location is serving up a solution to long drive-thru lines. The chain announced plans to help battle congestion and add safety precaution at its Kearny Mesa location.
A family out of National City on Tuesday were overjoyed that Chris Lee, a small business owner in Carlsbad, stepped in to help them during the partial government shutdown.