By: Andy Hodges, NewsOXY Reporter
10/18/2012 09:56 AM ET
Jessica Sanchez has signed on to Glee to begin a recurring role, although the details on what the American Idol Season 11 runner-up will do, rumors are buzzing about a new love interest for Finn (Cory Monteith) and that could get interesting.
"With voices like Jessica, Lea, Naya, Melissa, Amber, and Jenna...Streisand episode?" Glee producer Ryan Murphy tweeted, confirming that Sanchez is onboard, but didn't go into details about her character.
Sanchez, 17, has been busy recording tracks for her debut CD, and recently tweeted that the studio is her "second home." She also performed at the 2012 City Of Hope Spirit of Life Awards Gala held at Exchange LA last Wednesday night. American Idol Season 6 winner Jordin Sparks, Britney Spears, The Pointer Sisters, and Miley Cyrus were also present.
City of Hope is a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.
Sanchez's opponent, Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips, also received good news this week about his album. It was previously reported that it was being delayed until January or even February 2013. However, he was told that the official release date will be November 19.
The album will be rather Pink-Floyd-ish-ly titled The World From The Side Of The Moon, and, according to a tweet from Phillip on Tuesday, he just finished the disc's last track--just in time to meet the holiday shopping rush.
During her Idol run, Sanchez became an early front-runner on the strength of scorching Vegas-round renditions of "It Doesn’t Matter Anymore" and "The Prayer," followed by a spot-on rendition of "I Will Always Love You" on Whitney Houston night.
Later, in a Top 7 week shocker, Ryan Seacrest revealed the girl who sometimes performed as her alter-ego Bebe Chez was the lowest vote getter, but the judges promptly vetoed America's decision by using their sole "save" of the season.
Sanchez then went on to steal the show during the Idol finale by virtue of a jaw-dropping duet with Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday on the Dreamgirls classic "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going."