Karen Rodriguez is Our "Hero": Idol Contestant Delivers Stunning Bilingual Performance!

The Top 12 girls took the stage last night on American Idol and while there were several amazing performances (we're talking to you Lauren Alaina and Thia Megia), only one managed to move us in two languages: Karen Rodriguez's bilingual performance of the Mariah Carey hit, "Hero." Past idol contestants have sung songs entirely in Spanish (remember Sanjaya's rendition of Besame Mucho?) but this may be the first time in Idol history that a contestant has alternated lines in the verses. Karen sang one line in English, followed by one in Spanish and kept that going throughout the entire song! How lindo!

It was definitely a risk, but the risk paid off. "I love that you changed from English to Spanish and showed who you are," gushed judge Jennifer Lopez, who said she got goosebumps watching the performance. Randy Jackson liked it too and told Karen he was glad she figured out a way to make the song her own, but added that he liked the Spanish parts better than the English, and Steven Tyler called Karen "one of a kind."

Karen, a 21-year-old New York native who was one of the lucky few chosen from MySpace to audition for the show,pledged to become the first ever Latin American Idol winner weeks ago. "What makes me unique is the fact that I can sing in both Spanish and English and that's what I want to incorporate in American idol because there's never been a Hispanic American winner." So far, so good!

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