Jessica Mania



Jessica Sanchez did not exactly lose “American Idol.” She almost won. Sometimes it’s better to be in second place because it makes you strive harder to be Number One. As a runner-up, Jessica is not lulled into a false sense of complacency. Nor is she going to sit on her laurels.

There’s certainly  life after AI.  It has opened so many doors for Jessica. As she embarks on her new career, here’s some well-meant advice from some of our best singers ever.

The Jessica Mania is here to stay. Cheers to the sweet yet fierce 16-year-old who has given us countless reasons to “idol worship”:

Ogie Alcasid

She should record her version of “I Will Always Love You.” It will surely be a smash hit. Can’t really compare Phillip Phillips and Jessica. Phillip also has a rare talent. Sometimes it’s not about the winning but the impact that you made on people the way Jessica did. I’d love to sing “Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang” or “Hanggang Kailan” with her.

Gary Valenciano

Jessica, you did more than touch the hearts of Filipinos on AI. You touched the hearts of people around the world. You are the world’s idol. It is because of this, I pray you never forget that as you sing every note, every word and every melody, you sing it from the heart. Schedules will get busier, your voice may at times get tired but it is from your heart that the voice creates its impact. May your source of strength be the One Mighty God who has given you that moving gift. Stay humble and passionate. As you do your best, trust that God will handle the rest.

JED Madela

Medwin Marfil (True Faith)

Jessica is so talented but I wish she would find her own voice eventually. It is fine to emulate your music heroes but this process should help her discover and hone a style which is all her own. It would be interesting to sing “I Got You Babe” by Sonny and Cher with her.

Jed Madela

She should not stop learning. She has an amazing voice but being onstage requires a lot more than a set of pipes. She should strengthen her passion and her heart, and make everymoment onstage an opportunity to connect and tell a story. It would be a dream come true to sing “The Prayer” with Jessica.

Bo Cerrudo

Jessica, continue singing from the heart and enjoy what you do best. Always remember your roots and the people who are helping you on your journey. It would be good to sing any nice old Filipino song like “Maalaala Mo Kaya” with Jessica, so today’s generation can rediscover our musical roots.

Leah Navarro

The world is her oyster now and she should prepare for a long and fruitful career. I hope she continues to polish her craft, keep her heart open to critique as well as praise, stay grounded through family, keep growing inside and continue to shine.


Jessica, change nothing, stay down-to-earth, keep it real and fall in love.



No matter what, she has a great career ahead of her. She should not lose her focus. A lot of producers are already willing to support her. She should just keep on giving it her 100 percent.


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  • PolarBear

    if you like her so much and believe in her talents, why don’t you buy her singles on itunes?

    • Kartaps

      I have no credit or debit card…

      • Practical

        Ask your mom to buy for you and use her debit or credit card.  Then just give her your money as pay.

        No excuses.  Lol!

      • kwaychow

        I find in iTunes the singles are reasonably affordable. I saw some of the Idol tunes at (I could remember) 1.99USD or roughly less than 100PHP. It’s better you buy and show support.

        True, no excuses if you really want to support. If there’s a will, there is a way, correct! Hehe…

        I’m beginning to buy some of the songs in ITunes. :)

  • Practical

    Ogie said that Jessica should record her version of I Will Always Love You…  Ay naku Ogie, nasa itunes na, hindi nga lang bumebenta.

    Ang mga fans ni Jessica, kailangan bumili ng itunes songs niya.

    Si Philip sinusuportahan ng mga fans niya BOTH in song and album category. 

    Sa song category, ZERO si Jessica sa Top 100. 

    Si Philip, hindi lang siya ang Top 1 kundi 11 songs pa ang nasa Top 100.

    Naging history maker tuloy si Jessica na wala sa Top 10 ang songs ng  runner-up. 

    Tapos ZERO pa rin sa Top 100, mas lalo siyang naging history maker.

    Nakakaawa tuloy na hindi man lang siya suportahan ng mga fans niya na puro daldal lang ang ginagawa.

    Kung ikaw ang producer, maglalakas-loob ka ba na mag-gamble sa kanya
    kung alam mong malulugi ka na ang mga fans niya ay pang-you tube lang?

    Bumili kayo ng mga songs at album niya para naman may maglakas-loob na producer na ikontrata siya, hindi puro lang daldal.

    • internet101

      ang ibang fans ni jessica hindi naman bumili ng itunes nya don sa kay phillips bumili. mga FilAm sila pero hindi supportive sa kakulay nila. yong hindi nila kakulay hindi rin sila sinusuportahan pero sinusuportahan nila. kaya ang pilipino ay walang asenso gang ngayon kahit matagal na binubully ng china. bili pa rin ng bili sa mga products fake made in china. kain din ng kain sa mga restuarant at bili ng bili sa mga groceries ng chinese. sino ang talo ngayon sa ginagawa ng pinoy. dahil sa walang pagkakaisa.

      • Practical

         When it comes to music (and others), you support who you want to support REGARDLESS of color, whether, white, black, purple, yellow, etc.

        If you support someone’s music because he or she has the same skin color as you, that is RACISM.

      • internet101

        tingin ko isa ka sa bumili sa itunes ni phillips. binabaligtag mo sinasabi ko dito. wla akong magagawa kon brown ka tapos sinusuportahan mo itunes ni phillips at hindi kay jessica. kon sumikat na ito si jessica kulay mo din ay umangat kahit saan ka pumunta. kasi parehas kayong dugong pinoy at kulay brown.
        si jessica ay nagsisimula palang dapat suportahan sya. marami ang nagsasabi dito na suporthan si jessica. tingnan mo sila kon sino ang kakulay nila ay inaaup nila para makarating sa taas. sino ang tutulong kay jessica kon hindi kakulay nya. tayo tayong pilipino dapat ganon din gagawin natin. racism ba yon? napakakitid ng utak mo. si jessica ay magaling at dapat suportahan kahit itunes man lang para makapagsimula sya.

      • Practical

        Hindi nila ako fan pareho pero bumili ako ng itunes songs and albums pareho ni Philip at ni Jessica.

        Ginawa ko lang iyon para suportahan sila at wala akong pakielam kung ano ang kulay nilang dalawa. 

        Ikaw naman ang sinasabi mo lang suportahan ay ang kakulay mo, hindi  ba racism ang tawag mo doon? 

        Maraming Pilipino ang bumoto kay Jessica dahil may Filipino blood siya, na mostly ay may edad na hindi dating bumoboto… Hindi rin ba racism ang tawag mo doon?

        Kaya lang, marami rin ang bumoto kay Philip na Filipino, lalo na ang younger generation, na hindi tiningnan ang kulay niya.

        Mabuti pa ang mga taga-San Diego na bumoto kay Jessica na ibinoto siya dahil taga-San Diego siya REGARDLESS ng kulay niya. Iba-iba ang kulay ng mga taga-San Diego na iyon.

        Kung California votes lang ang counted, siguradong landslide si Jessica na siya ang panalo. Kaya lang ang Amerika ay 50 states.

        Ang mga Filipino sa US na younger generation lalo na ang mga sa US lumaki, walang pakielam sa kulay ng tao.

        Nagkaroon na ng improvement ngayon kay Jessica dahil number 9 na ang album niya pero ZERO pa rin sa Top 100 songs…  First time sa runner up na wala sa Top 10 ang song at wala sa Top 100…  Nakakaawa tuloy siya dahil naging history maker siya sa sales.

        Si Philip consistent na number 1 ang song at maraming songs sa Top 100.  Then consistent siya sa number 2 sa album.

        Millions of sales gap iyon.

        Ang mga fans ni Philip ay sumusuporta sa kanya sa sales, BOTH in album and songs.

        Ang daming fans ni Jessica kaya nga Top 2 out of more than 100,000 contestants siya.  Great achievement iyon.

        Kaya lang, nasaan na sila pagdating sa sales?

      • internet101

        nagpapakalat kami ng mga informasyon para bumili ng itunes ni jessica. competition ito nila jessica at phillips. 

        tigilan mo na yan kasi nabasa ko ang mga sinasabi mo dito obvious na hindi mo sya gusto. ano ba yang sinasabi mong racism? napakaweirdo mo. hindi mo alam kon ano ang ibig sabihin ng racism?  lahat nalang sinasagot mo ng racism. hindi ko alam kon saan ka galing na mundo. pakalat kalat ang mga ideas mo.

      • Practical

         Basahin mo ang post mo na sinagot ko tungkol sa racism issue na ipinagpipilitan mo kaya hindi nanalo si Jessica.

        That is REALITY!

        Kung hindi ko gusto si Jessica, hindi na dapat ako gumastos ng pera para sa songs and album niya.

      • internet101

        alam mo napakatanga ng sagot mo malayo sa sinasabi ko. basahin mo ulit bago ka macomment.

      • letsgoloid

        am pano po yung mga americans na bumili na music ni JS instead of PP? are you gonna criticize them for not supporting their own? lol tama si practical, when it comes to music, suportahan mo kung sino mo gusto suportahan. music lang to. ang mga bagay na dapat magkaisa ang pinoy eh yung mga kasing bigat nung panatag shoal issue. kung umangat si JS, sya lang ang aangat. hindi nya tayo maiaangat. check mo yung mga foreign articles, di man lang nababanggit ang pinas or mga pinoy kasi given na AMERICAN si JS. 

      • internet101

        competition ito nila jessica at phillips ang pinagpipilian natin dito sa US. si jessica ay anak ng pinoy dito sa US eh di don tayo bumili ng itunes instead kay phillips kasi competition ito eh. kon nakatira ka sa pinas ay may itunes piliin mo naman sana si jessica. masama ba yon sabihin? maganda sana kon magkaisa tyo lahat. sinasabi natin ito para malaman ng lahat wag mo naman idiscourage.
        para ka ring si practical na nagkocomment ng ganyan. khit hindi ako nakatira sa pinas nararamdaman ko ang nakakiinis na ginagawa ng china sa pinas kasi galing kami dyan. sa side ako ng pinas at hindi sa china. kasi pilipino tayo.

  • Marie Francisco

    Shout out to Jessica’s fans! Let’s support her by buying her songs in iTunes!
    Her album is in iTunes TOP TEN! Let’s make it NUMBER ONE by buying it.
    Request her new song “Change Nothing” in your local radio stations. San Diego radio stations are now playing it to support our IDOL Jessica. Counting on Jessica Sanchez to take actions.

    • Practical

      Do not buy just her album.

      Buy BOTH – the songs and the album.

      Philip is number 2 in album and Jessica is number 10.  Millions of sales in gap.

      Jessica is ZERO in Top 100 in songs.  First time ever for a runner up not to be in Top 10, moreso in Top 100.

      Philip is number 1 in songs ang has 11 songs in Top 100… Millions in gap again.

      • magcalasL

        Wow, galit na galit kay Jessica…bakit kaya? ano kaba, alimango?

      • Practical

         Hindi ako galit kay Jessica, nagpo-point ako ng REALITY sa mga fans niya na puro reklamo hindi naman bumibili.

        Ayaw ng fans ni Jessica ng REALITY?

        Ako nga na hindi fan ng kahit sino ay bumili ng mga album at songs nila pareho sa itunes para makatulong sa career nila pareho.

        Ikaw, bumili ka na ba para makatulong ka man lang kay Jessica?

  • Marie Francisco

    I bought all of her songs plus her album. That’ s how I show my support for her postIDOL,
    Let’ s show the world what we Filipinos and FILAMS can do when we all unite!

  • E P

    Jessica is not only a good singer but with her graceful attitude of accepting defeat, maybe people should learn from a 16 year old not to be bitter and be positive attitude. Congrats Jessica keep being humble:-}

  • Gevon

    Itong si Dolly nakikisakay na naman sa sikat. Di ka naman nagsulat Ng article na Ito, nagtanong ka lang at kinompile ang mga sagot nila. Even a high school student can do that

    • magpakatotoo

       wala namang maisulat na maganda yan eh… nakikisakay lang sa mga issues para may maisulat… nakupo

      • Gevon

        Correct ka jan. si Dolly Lang ang columnist Kuno (self proclaimed) na nagpapa-degrade sa Inquirer bilang isang prestigious at well written na daily newspaper. Saludo ako sa lahat Ng manunulat dito sa PDI, lalo na Kay Conrado de Quiros. Si Dolly ay obviously pang tabloids

  • peach black

    bakit naman ako bibili ng album ni Jessica? On what basis? Dahil may Pinoy connection siya? You people don’t have taste. Pakinggan nyo nga siya, ang tigas-tigas ng boses. Masakit sa tenga. And just because nanay niya taga-Pinas bibili na ako? Ano, uto? I buy my music irregardless of who the singer is. Get real, people.

    • LolaBing

       Wala pong word na IRREGARDLESS. Peace … :)

      • peach black

        Precisely! That’s why I used it because there’s no such word. People make words. Dictionaries list them. Big kahuna of difference, yeah? Now, go troll someone else IRREGARDLESS of his creed or breed.

      • magcalasL

        Palusot, you were caught by a speller check….ok na naniniwala na ako sa yo

      • peach black

        MagCasalsal. . . only trolls with no imagination rely on spell check. wag kang hip-hop. may sarili kang pag-iisip. wag umasa sa diccionario at Grammar Police. They are poison to creative thinking.

    • tiamy

      Tama ka peach black. I won’t support her ‘just because she has a Filipino blood’. For me, she’s just as great as other local singers here and I won’t gush about her because some Americans noticed her talent before we do. Imagine Jessica joining a local talent show in GMA7 where they prefer looks rather than talent. I doubt she’ll win because Filipinos won’t notice a true talent unless someone outside the country noticed them first. What a sad truth.

    • magcalasL

      You have a problem hearing…go and see a specialist to check your ears.

  • John Loyd

    IRREGARDLESS?? IRREGULARITIES meron po…Yun yung mahilig lang maki-sakay sa issue at mga sikat, kahit ang sariling sistema ay di magawan ng paraan. 

  • pacmandu

    A couple weeks ago, at the midst of the Jessica Sanchez craziness among Filipinos, I asked my Mexican-American friend if they were going crazy over Mexican-Filipina Jessica Sanchez and she gave me a smile and replied ‘No, while we are proud of this young girl, Mexican-Americans usually stick to their roots and pay more attention to local talents in Mexico.’ I have observed the same display of nationalism when I go to birthday parties of my Mexican-American friends and acquaintances and most of the songs they play are Spanish songs rather than mainstream American music.
    Sadly, I rarely see these things nowadays among many of our kababayans who goes crazy on anything but Filipino. If Jessica Sanchez was pure Filipino and auditioned in one of our local singing competitions, would she get the same treatment that Filipinos gave her during her American idol stint? Or, would the same fate as Charice Pempengco and Arnel Pineda befall her? Charice and Arnel, as you recall were practically ignored in the Philippines, but when word spread out that the American audience appreciated their talent, they became popular among Filipinos, as well. Nakakatawa talaga. I think we are slowly losing our cultural identity as Filipinos because of our general perception that anybody or anything foreign is better and superior than us. We go scream our lungs out whenever a foreign singer or band come visit our shores while our local talents are slowly losing ground to these foreign talents in terms of attendance and popularity. Nowadays, the only time we pay real attention to a local talent is if they make it big overseas. Sad…and they do not even have to be 100% Pinoy.

    • peach black

      super LIKE. very astute observation. but I really buy my music basta nagustuhan ko. i don’t care if it’s local or foreign.

  • Pedro

    I want JESSICA  out of that Americal Idol contract Agencies as soon as possible!!! Americal Idol is number 1 Exploiter!  They are all greed and money making agencies. While AI is earning hu ndered of millions of dollars and paying $20 millions lousy judges, look how much they will pay Jessica and the rest of the finalists $30,000 and even less. . They are also required to do summer concert tour. paying them less than what they are supposed to get. The only reserved contract was given to a winner worth close to a million dollars.Philip was given an excellent song that will showcase his mediocre voice while Jessica got the opposite. Jessica should record her songs independently and not through American Idol as soon as her contract is over !!!!

    • E P

      hope people stop being ungrately american idol have pave the way to unknown or undiscovered talent to endless posssibility and we must learn to recognize. It is definitely a stepping stone for any aspiring singer which made multi millionaires out of some winners and even runner up .One one should not be comparaing pay rates to the professional weather you like them or not, the judges have made their mark in the buss for so long that weather they deserve staggeruing pay check one should not be compared to neophyte.$30,000. or whatever pay they have in each show their given is more than what they have pre AI stint and to some few lucky ones they may just endure and be highly paid too and it is all because of AI, for all its worth American Idol Stage is great chance for this singers and yes they should be grateful for the chance of a lifetime :-}

      • Practical

        Agree!  Without AI, these young people are still UNKNOWNS.

        It is a good stepping stone to be KNOWN.

    • Practical

      Without AI, Jessica would still be UNKNOWN.

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