This is interesting, and maybe a very smart idea by Fox!

Network synergy at its finest: Glee is looking to cast recent American Idol contest Jessica Sanchez, who was the runner-up on season 11.

TV Line broke the story:

Jessica Sanchez, whose monster pipes and near-perfect pitch carried her all the way to a second-place finish on Season 11 of American Idol, is nearing a deal to join Glee‘s fourth season in a multi-episode arc, TVLine has learned exclusively.

There are no details yet available on what role Glee executive producer Ryan Murphy might have in store for the 16-year-old California native, but the plan would be to have her join the cast midway through the first half of Season 4, after she completes her duties on the Idols Live summer tour. Presumably, though, Sanchez’s character would in some capacity — either as part of McKinley High’s New Directions show choir or at the New York Academy for the Dramatic Arts where Rachel Berry is headed in the fall — compete for solos with the show’s existing and impressive stable of vocalists. In other words, if you love a diva-off (and who doesn’t?), Season 4 of Glee is about to get intense.

Do you think Sanchez would be a good choice for Glee? Arguably, it could be a bigger career prize than a record contract from Idol.

Watch her performance of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” to get a feel for her vocal power:

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