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'American Idol' runner up Jessica Sanchez announces she's signed to Interscope, performs new song 'Fairytale'

JESSICA SANCHEZ

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American Idol runner up Jessica Sanchez, the powerhouse diva-in-training who almost got eaten by Jennifer Holliday once upon a time, made a big announcement at the iHeartRadio American Idol tour stop in New York City last night.

“After the show, I got signed to Interscope Records,” she said.

The news isn’t all that surprising. Interscope has first dibs on all the Idol kids, and Jimmy Iovine wasn’t about to let a voice like Sanchez’s out the door.

More surprising, though, was the fact that Sanchez debuted a new song called “Fairytale” for the crowd. The track has less of a sassy, urban feel than expected considering how frequently Sanchez has expressed her desire to head in that direction musically, but it is a young, bouncy pop ditty that feels about a million times more legit than her potential Idol coronation “Change Nothing.” Still, it sounds awfully generic.

Give it a listen below (videos via MJ’s Big Blog):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nubTsDPh07c&w=510

Sanchez wasn’t the only Season 11 contestant to unveil original music last night –third-place finisher Joshua Ledet performed a retro R&B track called “Broken Man,” while seventh place shock-eliminee Colton Dixon (who earned almost as much applause as winner Phillip Phillips at the Idols Live! concert I attended last week) sang his inspirational anthem “Never Gone,” which he has been performing on the road already.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XY3ugFrvzo&w=510

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_btrJWkKrM&w=510

What do you think of the new Idol music? Are you excited for that Jessica Sanchez nabbed a record deal? Could her new song “Fairytale” be a hit?

More on EW.com:
Jessica Sanchez’s ‘Change Nothing’: EW Review
Jessica Sanchez performs ‘And I Am Telling You’ with Jennifer Holliday

Originally posted August 30 2012 — 3:15 PM EDT

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