Jessica Sanchez faces Big Dome test in crowded Valentine’s scene


Jessica Sanchez: Will she fill up the Big Dome?

MANILA, Philippines—Jessica Sanchez is in town for a solo concert on Feb. 14 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum—a deal that was negotiated in September 2012 when the American Idol 2012 runner-up first came here to perform with her co-finalists at the same venue.

Her solo show, timed for Valentine’s Day, raises two important questions: Can she fill up the Big Dome, which has a capacity of about 10,000 for concerts? And, more crucially, can she actually hold a full-length performance that normally runs for about an hour and a half?

When she first came here on Sept. 21 last year to perform with the nine other Idol 2012 finalists including grand winner Phillip Phillips, a capacity crowd turned up at the Big Dome. Many in the audience apparently wanted to see her up close in person—a hometown crowd welcoming one of their own, since Jessica, who was born in the United States, has Filipino blood from her mother, Editha Bugay, whose clan hails from Samal, Bataan.

Jessica proved herself worthy of all the attention in that concert. She was in tiptop shape, her deep, booming vocals shining through in her solo spot numbers. Surely, her Filipino fans are excited to watch her again.

Perhaps the only drawback is that her Valentine concert coincides with dozens of other shows that were scheduled specially for that day when couples go out on dates.

The question of whether she has the stamina to withstand the length of a full-length gig is a valid one, because all her past performances in the US had been guest stints, which consisted of two or three songs at the most.

In fact, she sang only three songs during the Idols concert at the Big Dome, although she also provided backing vocals in six production numbers.

But then again, she knows how decisive her coming show is, and her handlers are professional enough to require her to rehearse hard—even as the presence of Idol 2012 seventh placer Colton Dixon as guest performer serves as an assurance that it would be an interesting concert.

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  • Echuserang_Froglet

    ppppppppppwwwwwwwwwweeeehhhh kadiri eeeeeewwwwwwwwww

  • Nila Martin

    She’s amazing singer. Good luck JS 

  • peach black

    may career pa ba ito? ngayong wala nang ingay pangalan niya biglang andito? 

    • dumbestseni

      hi peach black, at least your comment is not very nasty, but here is my comment to those who posted nasty stuff about JS:

      you guys who are posting very nasty comments here about Jessica Sanchez, are actually, indirectly destroying Charice’s career. You have to remember that her Manager made a mistakes with that comments, and it affected Charice ever since. Although Charice is a very rich girl, ( if you Google Charice Pampengko net worth, she is $16 million girl) her manager should not be too confident, her silly comment will still affect Charice’s good image, if not financially.highly intellectual individuals, should notice the difference how David Foster and Charice manager handled the situation. David Foster saw it as another big talent that can be promoted; he invited Jessica to sing to one of the Charity that he and George Clooney are supporting. Charice manager on the other hand, saw it as a threat and a competition to Charice.What we were actually expecting for Charice and those celebrities whom we supported when they came abroad for thier own concert, was for them to welcome Jessica, because it was their best chance to give back; as this is a pinay daughter from abroad who is now a celebrity as well.bigayan lang diba? just give and take…ika nga

  • J

    Questioning her stamina may not be appropriate. She just 16yo and 1-1/2hr singing would be nothing.

    • Dave Hlebechuk

      17 years old now.  Born August 4, 1995.

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