First Fil-Am to have real shot at ‘Idol’


JESSICA Sanchez belts a Whitney classic. photo credit: AMERICANIDOL.NET

If Filipino-American Jessica Sanchez gets the boot on “American Idol” in the next few weeks, it would change not only the famous reality talent show, but world history as we know it.

That’s because the three judges – Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson – virtually handed Jessica the crown after her rendition of “I Will Always Love You” during the show’s Whitney Houston-Stevie Wonder smackdown on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).

All three jurors gave the petite 16-year-old a standing ovation – as they had done last week after she performed a flawless “Love You I Do,” from the movie “Dreamgirls.” Randy called her “legit.” J. Lo said Jessica left her “speechless.” Steven surmised that Jessica “made 40 million people cry.” Tears of joy, he apparently meant.

The usually cranky web site “Vote for the Worst” conceded that it “was one of the best non-VFTW vocals in at least a few years.”

But VFTW thought she “may have been lip-synching.” Or it could have been a touch of ventriloquy, since she hit the last high note while smiling coyly. This launched a hot trending topic/debate in cyberspace: Autotune vs. Reverb vs. Backup Vocals.

Secret code

Funniest quip on VFTW: “When Jessica is tapping the microphone, do you think that’s a special secret code for people who live in Manila?”

This early, VFTW is predicting a showdown between Jessica and hard-rockingcountry boy (and pawnshop employee) Phillip Phillips in the finale. AI Season 11 has “become so predictable it’s not even funny,” VFTW complained. J. Lo foretold “a sing-off” between two girls (Jessica and Hollie Cavanagh, 18).

Phillip was rushed to the hospital recently; would that spell good or bad news for J-haters?

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  • mikerocky

    We’re blessed to have a kababayan like her. Whatever happens to her AI dream she will always be a force to reckon with in the music industry. mabuhay! m/ 

  • the_corruptor

    She is neither Filipino or Mexican because she is truly an American. But when we talk about lineage she is a Fil-Mex because the root of her mother is from the Philippines and her father’s descent is from Mexico.

  • Kuya_Orot

    The Philippines could be in another territorial dispute again. This time it’s not against China over the Spratly’s but against the US and Mexico. Jessica Sanchez, who has the best chance to win this year’s American Idol edition, is the reason. Instead of the tug of war, everybody who appreciates this wonder girl better get united and vote for her to the very end. Hope she wins !!

  • Jonas19681

    Sino ang Sinto Sinto kaya nga ang PInas patuloy ang corruption at nakawan Dahll sa mga katulad mo na tatanga tanga. Just used ur common sense alam natin na maraming Magnanakaw sa Pinas unang una na thief justice at mga politico.

  • akimaxx

    Mary, the mentor gave some pointers and Jessica quickly responded to her instructions. When she sung that line, notice Mary’s reaction to the surprised articulation. At the stage, Jessica started             a Capella and rubato (free tempo) with total control of the song, I Will Always Love You. The gradual swell on the last note before the chorus, WOW perfect continuity to the refrain. Jessica has a total control of her pitch, no need for device like Autotune. And the last 3 notes ( the coda), smooth as silk. Her mannerism (vibrating ring finger)?, its OK as long as it does not affect the microphone. We call the ring finger as the lazy finger, try tapping it without moving the other fingers. The voice with the perfect pitch, good articulation, understood dynamics, total control of phrasing and the singer with vibrating ring finger, That’s JESSICA SANCHEZ!

  • akimaxx

    In BOXING, Mexicans will continuously fight against the Filipinos
    In SINGING, Jessica Bugay Sanchez connects Mexico and the Philippines
    Jessica is the perfect choice to sing American Anthem in the next Pacquiao fight, para tayong Pinoy hindi mag-away-away!

  • Budoy

    pakialam naman natin dyan kung manalo o hindi.  mahilig tayong makisakay sa mga ganyang “fame.”  Pwe.  di na natin inayos mga sarili natin. manalo man yan, mahal pa din ang gasolina at mga bilihin.  Pwe

    • Angelina

       Budoy ka talaga bakit mo binasa ang article tapos magrereklamo ka..simple lang naman kung ayaw mo sa article huwag mong basahin,,,hayaan mo na lang ang mga taong gustong magbasa noon..hindi naman ikaw lang ang tao sa mundo .

      • Budoy

        ay eng eng ka pala. nagba browse lang po ako at nakita ko lang ang headline. ikaw siguro binasa mo lahat pati mga punctuations.  affected much or inggit ka lang much?

  • Lakan Kildap

    She’s American. At the end of the day, that’s what she is.

    Of course, none of this would stop ABS-CBN from giving her a ridiculous contract.

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