When Will 'American Idol' Runner-Up Jessica Sanchez Be on 'Glee'?
When Will 'American Idol' Runner-Up Jessica Sanchez Be on 'Glee'?
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
American Idol season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez is about to come home to FOX over the next two months. Not only is she performing with Ne-Yo on the March 21 results show of Idol, but she will also finally be appearing on Glee in the final two episodes of season 4.

Yes, after Ryan Murphy initially announced that Sanchez would get a recurring role on Glee this season, the time is finally coming. Sanchez will first appear in the May 2 episode and return in the May 9 season finale.

Sanchez will play a singer from a rival high school, which most likely means she'll be the stiff competition at Regionals or Nationals. She will follow in the footsteps of many other notable rival singers like Jonathan Groff as Jesse St. James, Charice as Sunshine Corazon, Alex Newll as Wade "Unique" Adams, Lindsay Pearce as Harmony and all of the Datlon Warblers.

Since it seems Regionals won't be happening in the next three episodes, it seems like we may have a season 1 situation where the year ends at Regionals, which either means Nationals isn't in the future for New Directions this year or Glee be stuffing a lot of competition into the final few episodes. My guess is that New Directions won't be heading to Nationals for a third year in a row, and Sanchez will be the reason why.

This is not the first time FOX has used one of its reality competition stars to fill roles on Glee. Many So You Think You Can Dance alums have shown up as Cheerios or in the big group numbers for some of the rival glee clubs competing at Sectionals, Regionals or Nationals. The most notable one is Courtney Galiano, who finished fourth in SYTYCD season 4, who had a recurring role as the Mack, one of Quinn's bad girl friends from the start of Glee season 3.

Are you excited to finally see Sanchez show up on Glee? Are you hoping she'll sing a song from her time on Idol or should she take on a song by one of the Idol winners like a Kelly Clarkson number?

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