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'American Idol' hopefuls scared to tackle Whitney Houston tribute

March 7, 2012 at 11:32 AM ET

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Whitney Houston performs on stage in 1996. (Photo by Phil Dent/Redferns)

Wednesday night is tribute night on "American Idol" as the men put their spins on tunes from living legend Stevie Wonder, and the women make hits from late legend Whitney Houston their own. Or at least, the women will try.

While talking to "Entertainment Tonight," some of the female contestants admitted they find the tribute task intimidating. Given Houston's one-of-a-kind vocal talent, who could blame them?

"I'm kind of nervous because it's Whitney Houston," Jessica Sanchez said. "There's no voice like hers and people are really judgmental about covering her songs, but we're just going to do the best that we can."

Sanchez was far from the only member of "Idol's" top 13 to feel that way.

"For me, being a lifelong Whitney Houston fan, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Erika Van Pelt shared, adding, "I'm so scared and so blessed at the same time. I want to do it justice -- that's all."

As does Holly Cavanah, who said, "It's really intimidating because it's Whitney Houston. … It's an honor, but at the same time it's 'arhh!'"

But there is one "Idol" hopeful who seems undaunted by the challenge.

"Even though I didn't grow up with Whitney -- you know I grew up with all country singers -- I respect Whitney so much and her hugest hit was written by country-music singer (Dolly Parton)," said Skylar Lane, who plans to pack plenty of twang into her performance. "I think we're going to be good this week."

Viewers will decide that when they watch "American Idol" Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.

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