HOLLYWOOD - Twelve female singers took the stage on American Idol's "Girls Night."
And when the smoke had cleared, the lights had stop flashing, and the musical instruments had all been silenced, five of the American Idol girl hopefuls stood out.
Sixteen-year-old San Diego native, Jessica Sanchez performed like a seasoned veteran who had been doing it for 10 years. She took over the stage and literally had the judges, the audience, and AI Host Ryan "Peaches" Seacrest in total awe.
And the amazing thing about her performance is that just a few hours earlier she was sitting in a treatment room at The Our Lady of The Silver Screen Hospital in downtown Los Angeles.
Jessica had gone in to have a swollen tonsil removed, along with one of her wisdom teeth, and a tiny cyst the size of a gnat's belly button from her right earlobe.
But that did not stop the little, slender trooper who received the night's only standing ovation from the three judges.
J.Lo remarked that Jessica reminded her of herself except that Jess is shorter, thinner, and her bottom is only one-eighth the size of hers.
Elise Testone, who at 28, is one of the oldest singers impressed the judges with her hip hop version of the old Herman's Hermits hit "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter."
Another 16-year-old that is one of the early odds-on favorites is 6-foot-tall Shannon Magrane, whose father Joe Magrane pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1987 World Series and who later went on to be a wide receiver for the NFL Minnesota Vikings and play center for the NBA Chicago Bulls.
Steven "Lips" Tyler said that he really liked Hollie Cavanaugh but he asked her to change her hair style. He told her that she needed to go see his good friend FuFi Fondue, hair stylist to the stars and owner of The Haven of Hair Saloon in Beverly Hills so that he could make her look more like a movie star.
Randy "The Dawg" Jackson said that he personally liked Jen Hirsh but he suggested that she pluck her eyebrows and try not to make faces when she sings.
Jennifer Lopez said that overall it looks like the guys and the girls are pretty much running neck and neck right now with Louisiana's Joshua Ledet about three lengths ahead of the entire group.
FOOTNOTE: Ryan informed the viewers that he is still trying to get his live-in girlfriend Julianne Hough, sister of Derek Hough to appear on an upcoming American Idol and sing and dance and perhaps plug her latest movie The Sad But Inevitable Political Downfall of Sarah 'Snowflake' Palin.