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Will Chula Vista's Jessica Sanchez win 'American Idol'?

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Will Chula Vista teen Jessica Sanchez be successful Wednesday night in her quest to be the 11th season winner of the "American Idol" television program?

The petite 16-year-old with a huge voice performed three songs Tuesday night in the final competition against fellow contestant Phillip Phillips, a 21-year-old from Leesburg, Ga.

Fans voted for the winner following the show, but results will not be released until Wednesday night's program, which includes numerous guest stars and performances by previous "Idol" contestants.

Sanchez was nearly thrown off the show a few weeks ago based on fan voting, but the panel of celebrity judges used their one save of the season to keep her in the contest.

Sanchez was among the top search subjects of Yahoo! users for most of Wednesday, while Phillips was unranked. The situation was flipped on Google, which listed Phillips but not Sanchez. Neither was trending on Twitter at mid-afternoon, either nationally or in San Diego.

Sanchez could become the first female winner of "Idol" since Jordin Sparks, who won in 2007, when she was 17.

She is the second finalist from San Diego County, following Adam Lambert, a Mount Carmel High School alumnus who was runner-up in 2009.

The home-schooled high school junior was among the few to advance out of auditions for the Fox television program last July at Petco Park, among an estimated 9,000 other hopefuls.

The acoustic guitar-strumming Phillips, 21, has only been performing for three years.

The winner receives a $1 million recording contract.

A concert tour with "Idol" participants is scheduled for this summer.

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