Netizens abuzz over elimination and rescue of Jessica Sanchez


SAVING JESSICA. “American Idol” judges Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and host Ryan Seacrest storm the stage to “save” Fil-Am candidate Jessica Sanchez (left). VIDEO GRAB

Netizens sent the social networking site Twitter abuzz on Friday, moments after news broke that “American Idol” contestant Jessica Sanchez got the lowest votes in the competition.

“Jessica Sanchez” became a top trending topic worldwide after the 16-year-old Filipino-Mexican singer was saved from elimination by “Idol” judges Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler.

Sanchez took to her Twitter account to thank her supporters: “I’m trending worldwide? Wow. You guys really are amazing. Thank you! Love you so much!”

A favorite in the competition, Twitter users expressed their gratitude that the judges decided to use their lone “save” for Sanchez.

“So happy that judges used their option to save Jessica Sanchez. She’s really a great singer,” wrote beauty queen Miriam Quiambao.

“Tama ang judges (The judges were right). She is one of the best singers in America. The way Jessica Sanchez was saved by the judges was really heartwarming,” posted musician Jim Paredes.

“All my US followers, please vote for Jessica Sanchez. There will never be anyone like her. Ever,” tweeted Kim Atienza, who has over one million followers.

Theories that the shocking results were a ploy for ratings were also posted on Twitter.

User @adrianalvarrez tweeted: “I am not buying it. It’s all for the show, for the ratings. I don’t think people would just ignore voting Jessica Sanchez on ‘Idol.’ Oh, well.”

Some users, meanwhile, decided to tweet jokes about how Sanchez was almost sent packing.

Blogger Professional Heckler jested: “‘American Idol’ is more shocking than Kim Jong-un,” referring to the North Korean leader.

Tweeted comedian John Lapus: “Nag Holy Week vacay pala ang mga Pinoy at Mexicano kaya mababa ang votes ni Jessica Sanchez. Pwes humanda na sila (Filipinos and Mexicans were on a Holy Week vacation that’s why votes were low. They should get ready now).”

Sanchez sang Jazmine Sullivan’s “Stuttering” before the elimination night.

Sullivan, impressed with Sanchez’s rendition, posted on her Twitter account: “Just saw the J. Sanchez performance from last night and she killed! So honored she chose my song! Thanks mamaz and good luck!” Inquirer Research

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  • Flavio

    the best thing that happened to jessica was the night she got the least number of votes and was eventually saved by the judges. now all her fans and some will make sure they vote for her. no time to be overconfident , lazy or complacent . go jsan go…


    We can vote for her wherever we are in the world at the American Idol Facebook account after the end of the show wednesday 9 PM in America or thursday noontime in the Philippines.

  • imnotstupid

    What is going on behind the scene??Is there a scheme to vote Jessica out?? In most of the survey sites Jessica is ahead like in 41% and her closest have only 24% the most. And in You Tube she has more than twice the number of viewers than the second popular idol contestant. Is this logical.. It doesn’t go along the laws of  logic…Are the votes blocked at the site? Or are the results manipulated?? Is  there vote sabotage??? I voted for her more than 400 times via the toll free number the last time…. so where did my votes go??I can’t believe even in the US there is such thing as dishonesty…

    • agxo3

       imnotstupid –

      conspiracy theories ARE stupid.

      Just because she trends on YouTube does not mean that translates to votes. A YouTube view is NOT a vote on AI. Unles the people who view her vid also vote, then that is a meaningless statistic. Unless the poll respondents on the survey sites vote, THAT statistic is meaningless.

      Unless you voted using 40 different email addresses and/or phone numbers, you cannot vote 400 times – the limit is 10.

      And BTW – voting 400 times instead of 10 is dishonesty in itself. Funny you should complain about dishonesty………

      • imnotstupid

        Why don’t you find out how many times you can vote?/When you vote online you can vote only 50 times..But voting on toll free number is limitless Why do they allow it?.. then find out don’t be an ignoramus Go to American Idol site and go to frequently asked questions like how many times i can vote and you will know the answer…. READ so you can raise your level of intelligence….MORON..You comment on something which you don’t know anything about . Surf and find out just ask how many times you can vote and you will know the answer Do your homework…Pretending to know something is dangerous.FIND OUT TO LEARN SOMETHING.And BTW tell me where you knew about voting 10x is only allowed? or was it just a product of your imagination?? Too many people like you wants her out….The truth is a lot of people likes her even the judges unless you are tone deaf. or don’t know anything about music..

    • Practical

       Jessica has lots of fans but a lot of them do not or cannot vote like if they are not in the US or US territories. 

      They just gush and admire her talent and go to youtube.  None of those count.

      • imnotstupid

        Another one who is waiting for somebody to do something for him…Why don’t you just buy a magic jack and you can call toll free even from the Philippines if you have an internet connection anywhere in North America including your relatives in America and Canada..It’s just $40..I’m sure you won’t regret it. You can do that can you??? or you are too cheap to invest on something which can be so useful to you. If you can buy a P5000 cell phone why can’t you buy a magicjack..Don’t wait for something to happen.. alisin iyong Juan Tamad mentality…Di ka uunlad…Kahit hindi boboto iyong kalahati ng viewers mataas pa rin ang bilang ng boboto…o naghihintay kayo ng tutulak para kayo bumoto???kaunting gamit lang ng utak..

      • Practical


        News flash! 

        Nasa US ako at hindi ako bumoboto sa American Idol.

    • rjimenez1226

      I hate her song choices in recent weeks.

      • imnotstupid

        Most likely you are not educated  on singers who can sing anything but still sounds good..You don’t have an ear for classical songs. You are stuck on song choices not the singer..In other words you don’t have ears for good music.Maybe you are a hip hop generation rocker where noise is music to your ear. You were not born to appreciate good singers.

      • Practical

        Whether you like it or not, the diligent voters are teenage girls.

        Do you think Jessica’s style can connect to those teenage girls?

        All of the finalists are good singers that’s why they got where they are…  it is now a matter of popularity and being able to connect to the majority of the voters – the teenage girls.

    • Roving Eye

      Surveys DO NOT win the competition. VOTES do. You make it sound that ONLY your votes should count! Have you ever thought that for the 400 times that you voted there may have been 100 or more teenyboppers and family members and friends of other contestants who did the same thing for their candidates? Why make something out of nothing. The judges saved her – that in itself is an acknowledgment of her talent. Quit your whining.  At the end of the day, your opinion will not affect the result. 
      What’s really amusing to me is that YOUR COMMENTS CONTRADICT YOUR NAME! 

    • Martin

      You might have voted 400 times but only texted once.

  • labcu

    I watched AI every episode and I can say Jessica have the chance to be the next American Idol but all the remaing finalists can be the one. Still it is anybody’s game. Being a FIlipino it is subjective that I bet for her and I really believe in Jessica’s talent but objectively, at the back of my head there is something missing in her so that viewers will really vote for her and I believe this was the reason why she received the lowest votes (if this is true?). As a viewer, I find these things interesting to note:

    1. She is pretty but lacks the total aura or the total package to be called “a star”. Yes she has the most powerful voice but Hollie has the power also, Hollie is young like Jessica but she is beautiful and has the attraction the young and old viewers are looking for. Colton is goodlooking and loves by the teens specially the girls crowd.  Elise can steal the title because she is more mature lady contestant and she has the male crowd.

    2. Jessica is consistent favorite by the judges but Joshua received the most standing ovation from them in every performance night. Joshua has a powerful voice also and his simplicity and humbleness makes him loved by viewers.

    3. Jessica’s looks every performance night is the same like her hairstyle and wardrobe. Ang buhok laging bagsak at laging nasa right side/shoulder. she always wear leggings (?) and fitted clothes that showed her very fragile/somewhat skinny frame. Ang mga damit ng ibang constetants talagang pinaghahandaan.

    4. Jessica’s support system based on the clips shown before their performance it seems just a small group Fil-Ams ang nagcheer sa kanya. The other contestant’s support groups seems organized and statewide ang suporta.

    5. Jessica’s choice of song is not consistently good. Dalawang songs ang hindi masyadong maganda although he made justice to them she did not received an outstanding ovation from the judges. Joshua and Skyler always consistent good choice of performance song. All the other contestants plays the guitar and piano in their performances except for Jessica and Joshua. This is an advantage.

    6. Jessica’s answers and attitude when asked about her performances and her almost departure from AI showed no passion and desire to be there till the end and win the title.

    With the above observations, Jessica must do something to repackage everything from talent, physical attributes, attitude to social media for votes for her to be the next AI!

    • AgemO

      Such stupid analysis. Magsaing ka muna inday. kain ka maayos para me sustansya yang coconut mo.

    • Martin

      All the points you mentioned are well taken.  But you forgot one thing.  Jessica is not white.

      • labcu

        my point in my comment is objectivity not subjectivity. If you read my first comment i did tackle racism because of the grouping they did during the elimination night but I gave the benefit of the doubt and post another comment giving a more rational and objective analysis on the matter. I did not miss a thing. Got it?

      • labcu

        I did give my objective opinion on the matter and you did use subjectivity on yours. Got it? 

    • akimaxx

      I think Hollie C. will be the next contestant to go. Her last two performances were ‘pitchy’ and her too methodical singing lacks soul. The group will now be 3Ms and 3Fs individually and 3 MF duets. Playing an instrument is not  an advantage to both Joshua and Jessica because they got wider voice range (from low to high) than the other 4 songwriter-singer contestants.The later used their falsetto on high notes but Josh and Jess used their real natural high notes.

      • labcu

        that’s your point, mine is different because i believe playing the instrument makes one a total performer Got it?

      • akimaxx

        I’ll agree with you if the contestant is both an instrumentalist and with wider voice range which is very rare, but I’m basing my judgment on AI’s season 11’s last seven contestants. AI had a list of non-instrumentatist  winners. AI is primarily a singing contest and accompanying him-herself while singing adds entertainment value to the show but not necessarily a winning factor.

  • Shekinah Villanueva

    J. Sanchez is the next American Idol. God bless her.

  • Ruben Lomboy

    colton dixon is the next american idol lol,because he sounds like the alvin and the chipmunks thats a great choice for people in amerika,please vote for him lol…

  • BayanBangon

    Jessica Sanchez until now that she have not mentioned openly that she is Half Filipina (Mother Side) and always  she always saying either Latina or Mexicana… Why why why ?? 

    • teraytaray

      she did, she even mentioned that she has millions of Filipino relatives bringing all sorts of Filipino foods

  • adrenalyn_high2011

    I thought some sort of conservative group sabotaged the big chance of jessica to be the first American Idol (who is not 100% pure blooded American)…is this a racial jealousy? I hope not…

    • Martin

      Yes, they’re sabotaging it.  It’s a racial jealousy.  It’s racism.

  • akimaxx

    Jessica has a perfect, soulful, big voice. When she sang, di ka kakabahan but instead you entered her artistic zone and got entertained. Reinventing her? 1) Fix her small tooth by dental reconstruction.  Camera position, hair style (pantakip to her bad side) and close ups become limited, remember this is a TV medium. 2) A total make over. Hair and costume styled to her personality. 3) Body movement on stage. According to her archive video, as a young girl, she rehearsed her song in front of a mirror, in a small room surrounded by boxes. Mentor Sasha advised her the difference between cocktail lounge singing and big stage singing. AI has a big stage, learn to move around the area. Fans are waiting for that song-dance performance. I think that will make you a total performer.

  • Maryrose123

    I think I am buying the idea that what happened to JSanchez last week was a ploy for rating’s sake – they interchanged the votes for Hollie and JS.  I find it ridiculous that, from being a consistent top vote-getter the past weeks, suddenly JSanchez ended up to be at the bottomest. Hehe. Could it be because THE VOICE  is getting to be a lot more interesting than AI, not just because of the contestants but more so because of the format – that blind audition portion is great idea, and judges Cee Lo, Cristina, Adam, and Blake are fresher and speak with more substance than Randy, Steve and most of all JLo. Just thinkin’ aloud.

    • akimaxx

      I’m glad you came in because I hate ‘racism’ discussed around here. Back to our healthy music senses again.

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