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Jessica Sanchez: Will huge YouTube following make her the next American Idol? (+video)

Jessica Sanchez is the "American Idol" contestant with the biggest YouTube and Twitter following – by far. Are these good indicators that Jessica will win "American Idol" Season 11?

American Idol's final four, include Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Hollie Cavanagh, and Phil Phillips.
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On “American Idol,” contestants have always relied on numbers of votes from the public to stay on the show.

And in the past decade of its existence as the No. 1 TV show in America, various methods and websites – with varying degrees of sophistication – have been spawned to try to predict the "American Idol" winner.

Are Twitter and YouTube good prognosticators for "American Idol" winners?

If so, Jessica Sanchez will be crowned the next American Idol on May 24.

Jessica Sanchez, currently a Top 4 finalist on "American Idol," now tops her competitors with the most video views on YouTube – by far – with her solo performance video views from the competition now tallying more than 17 million.  And the 16-year-old has the most fans on Twitter: 296,866 followers.

On YouTube, the other "American Idol" contestants trail far behind on video views. Take the most recent performances, for example. Fellow Top 4 contestant Phillip Phillips  attracted 3,660 YouTube views for his performance of “Volcano” on Wednesday night’s show. Hollie Cavanagh got 3,704 views for her video of the song “Faithfully” from Wednesday night, while Joshua Ledet drew 5,101 for “It's a Man's Man's World.”

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