Jessica to sing US anthem on Memorial Day in D.C.
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Metro DC Filipino Americans will have a chance to see their American Idol when Jessica Sanchez gets the singular honor of singing the "Star-Spangled Banner" on the steps of the US Capitol on Memorial Day.
On May 10, Jessica made it to the top 3 of American Idol following a "flawless" interpretation of "And I Am Telling You (I'm Not Going)" popularized in the movie "Dreamgirls".
The Memorial Day concert will come 4 days after the "American Idol" finale which means FilAms here could be welcoming the champion.
The Chula Vista , Ca. teen will sing the American national anthem on live TV from the West Lawn of the US Capitol on May 27. The Memorial Day concert will be aired on Public Broadcasting System (PBS) stations.
Aside from the Star-Spangled Banner, Jessica will also render Celine Dion's "The Prayer".
She joins a line-up that includes concert co-hosts Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, Gen. Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.), Natalie Cole, Trace Adkins, Ellen Burstyn, Dennis Franz, Selma Blair and Russell Watson in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.
Jessica's father, Mexican-American Gilbert Sanchez, has served several tours of duty in Iraq and Kuwait with the US Navy, while her maternal grandfather Eddie Bugay of Bataan is a retired US Navy veteran.
The final 3 of American Idol is composed of Sanchez, Joshua Ledet and Phillip Phillips. They get a homecoming treat that will be aired in the following week's episode.
LOS ANGELES – Filipino Mexican American Jessica Sanchez Although Filipinos in the United States are louder in their campaign for contestant Jessica Sanchez to become this season's "American Idol" winner, many Mexican-Americans are also supporting the 16-year-old singing sensation.
And the mayor of San Diego, where Jessica resides, has asked residents to vote for the Filipino-Mexican-American singer.
On May 9, American Idol judges once again gave Jessica a standing ovation, her sixth, for singing with emotion "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from the musical Dreamgirls.
Meanwhile, Philippine boxing star Manny Pacquiao, who is also a Sanchez fan, sent a video message to the young singer to personally convey his wish for her to take home the "Idol" crown.
"To Jessica, good luck. I pray for you and [remember that] nothing is impossible with God," he told ABS-CBN News.
In her weekly video message, Sanchez asked all of her fans to vote for her so she can make it to the Top 3.
At the Top 3 results show tomorrow, Sanchez will find out if the combined power of her Filipino and Mexican supporters will help get her to the finale.