Jessica Sanchez Dishes On Dating Fellow Idol Alum DeAndre Brackensick

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"American Idol" Season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez might not have nabbed the show's top prize, but she left the reality competition with something just as sweet - a new man!

The 16-year-old stopped by Access Hollywood Live on Wednesday, where she chatted about her relationship with fellow "Idol" Top 10 contestant DeAndre Brackensick.

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Jessica said their romance blossomed once the show had wrapped.

"It was after the finale during tour rehearsals before [the 'Idol'] tour actually started," she told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover.

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Jessica didn't hold back when it came to letting DeAndre know exactly how she felt about him.

"I just wanted to be completely straight up with him and I wanted to tell him that I've had a crush on him," she continued.

She was also unsure about the possibility of dating him.

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"He actually had a girlfriend during the show, so I didn't think he would actually want a relationship" Jessica explained.

In addition to their relationship, the "Idol" contestants possibly have a music future together.

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"Do you and DeAndre ever duet together?" Billy asked.

"Definitely, all the time!" Jessica said. "We're both supportive of everybody. Even the other contestants. If one of us has a problem or something and we're not feeling a hundred percent, we like help each other."

In addition to the "American Idol" tour, Jessica is hard at work on her album.

"I'm a bit hoarse. I've been recording songs for my album and I've been singing almost every kind of takes a little strain on my voice. But I'm still going strong," she told Billy and Kit. "[The tour is] great. It's nothing like the actual TV show because we can actually relax and not look at each other as competition. I'm actually sad that it's almost over"

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