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Watching Fil-Ams on TV

By Rodney J. Jaleco

By Rodney J. Jaleco

My evening couch time just got interesting thanks to “American Idol” contender Jessica Sanchez and, more recently, “Dancing With The Stars” contestant Roshon Fegan.

Jessica’s rendition of Billy Joel’s “Everybody Has a Dream” prompted “Idol” judge Steven Tyler to speculate that when God handed out singing voices, she probably was at the front of the line  an excellent observation from what we’ve seen so far.

She is obviously comfortable in front of a crowd and the camera; she’s also demonstrated a maturity for her 16 years that’s piqued my attention.

We dug into her YouTube performances and there’s no doubting that God may have been feeling especially generous when He gave her talent.

Watching her early clips, she seems to age with the songs that she’s recorded through the years. From the hairstyle to the extent of make-up she was wearing, Jessica is obviously a gem that needs very little polishing.

Her looks may change and evolve but there is no mistaking her voice.

There is also no doubting that Jessica is someone who’s devoted her young life to singing. This is something she decided she wanted to do early on  with good reason  and there is every indication she’s well on her way.

Every week she sings on “Idol” builds exposure; we just hope she can find a talent manager that’s as good as she sings. As the “Idol” judges have cautioned the aspirants  it’s a tough world out there.

Another Fil-Am who caught our eye is 20-year-old Roshon Fegan who is dancing with Chelsie Hightower in DWTS. He’s obviously got the moves although he received a so-so score in the show’s premier last March 19.

Roshon is mostly recognized for his roles on Disney Channel, including in the movies Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam where he performed with fellow Fil-Am Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, an “apo” of the legendary Sylvia dela Torre.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Roshon’s mother Cion is Filipina; his father Roy is an African American actor, writer and musical producer who’s perhaps best known for his role in the 1993 film “The Meteor Man”.

Like Jessica, he’s yet to make his first visit to the Philippines. But he could soon be a household name just like Jessica who’s swiftly built a loyal following in the mother country.

Jessica and Roshon have given the Fil-Am community something to cheer about and helped fill my TV viewing schedule on the weekday.

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