HOLLYWOOD. Filipino-Mexican teen Jessica Sanchez survived another week in the top-rating American Idol as judge Jennifer Lopez suggested she may just emerge as one of the singing competition’s finalists.
Jessica and fellow contestant Joshua Ledet earned a standing ovation from the “Idol” judges for their rendition of “I Knew You Were Waiting For Me.”
Rolling Stone magazine called it “a solid and rousing rendition that leaves the judges gasping for breath.”
Despite getting praise from the judges for his performance of DeBarge’s “I Like It,” Deandre Brackensick, a curly-haired contestant adored by Lopez, became the third contestant booted from “American Idol.”
Jessica’s steady rise and bright potential to become “Idol’s” first Filipina champion has mobilized support from the Filipino-American community in the Metro DC region.
“Jessica has been awesome in every performance, earning her consistent standing ovation from the judges and the audience. Her voice is amazing and undoubtedly of effortless perfection. She is indeed living her dream,” said the Virginia-based Migrant Heritage Commission (MHC) in a statement.
The group called on its members and volunteers to cast votes through cellular phones and online for Sanchez, according to MHC co-executive director Grace Valera-Jaramillo. She said they’ve been using all their phones and Facebook to post votes at an average of 20 minute per minute.
Lopez described Sanchez and Ledet as “dream pairing.” “I’m looking at them and thinking… final,” she said, making a reference to the two on possibly going head-to-head in the finals.
Prior, guest mentors Gwen Stefani and her No Doubt bandmate Tony Kanal described Sanchez as “shockingly good!”
Stefani urged Sanchez to “try to do things that are maybe a little more unique as opposed to trying to do what people call lounge singer style like moves…” Likening herself to idol Beyonce’s alter-ego Sasha Fierce, Sanchez names her own: BB Chez.
Sanchez thanked her fans for their support. “Thank you to everyone that has been voting and supporting me! Thank you guys so much!” she tweeted.
Lopez said: “Your [song] choices are so natural to you… and when I look at you, you’re such a little girl but there’s like a woman out there at the same time. It’s crazy! But it’s such a combination to watch. Your vocals make everything just go away from me…Really, really good performance.”
“Your voice is so fantastic. I just gotta say everything you do is beautiful. Everything you do is great,” Tyler said.
Jackson, who happened to have worked with Houston on the piece, commended Sanchez: “You did an amazing job, because that’s big shoes to fill. ‘Cause she (Houston) sings so effortlessly. But that’s what you just did.”
Fellow half-Pinoys who made it to the hit US reality search were Ramiele Malubay, 2007’s 9th finisher, and Thia Megia, who made it in last season’s Top 11. Jasmine Trias placed 3rd in 2004.