Jessica Sanchez the ‘World Idol’

Jessica Sanchez the 'World Idol'Phillip Phillips may have been crowned as the next “American Idol” but Jessica Sanchez’s supporters worldwide made sure that the 16-year-old Filipino-Mexican singer felt the love.

Just minutes after the “American Idol” coronation on Thursday, the hashtag #WorldIdol was among the top trending topics in the microblogging site Twitter.

I believe that Jessica Sanchez has won the enthusiastic support of a lot of people all over the world and she will have a great career ahead of her even without the “American Idol” crown.

If Phillip Phillips  is the season 11’s American Idol, then I guess Jessica Sanchez is the World Idol of all seasons.

Aside from Jessica Sanchez’s fans across the globe, her fellow Filipinos also sent love her way for trending #YourestillPhillipinesIdolJessica worldwide.

Some people tweeted Sanchez saying she should come home to the Philippines to feel how much love there is for her. Even prominent personalities in the Philippines congratulated the Filipino-Mexican for her runner-up finish.

Mabuhay ka Jessica Sanchez! You made all of us proud! 🙂


Phillip Phillips Crowned the new “American Idol” Season 11

Phillip Phillips Crowned the new "American Idol" Season 11Yet again, a bluesy Georgia guitar man, was crowned the new “American Idol” after defeating teenager Jessica Sanchez in record viewer voting. He was the fifth male “Idol” winner in a row.

Phillips, 21, a pawn shop worker from Leesburg, Ga., looked stunned when host Ryan Seacrest announced his name, then wordlessly accepted a hug from Sanchez and congratulations from his fellow finalists.
He dissolved into tears as he sang “Home,” the song that may be his first single.

Phillips retained his humble, self-effacing demeanor to the end, and beyond.
“I have no idea why I won, man,” he said in his backstage dressing room. “I guess some people liked the music that I was doing. I’m just lucky. … I was just doing my thing each week.”

He received the winning share of the record-high 132 million votes cast after Tuesday’s final showdown with high school student Sanchez, 16, of Chula Vista, Calif. The vote count was not announced, typical for the contest.
His victory extended the “American Idol” winning streak for men to five consecutive seasons. The last female to win, and the last non-white, was Jordin Sparks in 2007.

Phillips has more in common with the last four winners than gender. Like them, he is a young Caucasian guitar player, also known to “Idol” watchers as WGWGs — white guys with guitars.

Last year’s winner was Scotty McCreery, preceded by Lee DeWyze, Kris Allen and David Cook.
Sanchez, who is of Filipino and Latino heritage, took a measured view of the outcome, one that she said had solely to do with music.
“I don’t blame it on anything,” she said backstage. “Phillip has his fans, and I have mine. We’re totally two different people. Our genres are completely different.

“He’s more like the indie, alternative rock kinda guy, and I’m more urban R&B pop. … It’s just the number of our fans,” she said, adding that she expected to be the runner-up.

“In the moment, I told him, ‘You’re gonna win this.’ I was smiling at him the whole time. I was ready to just give him a big hug, and that’s what I did when they announced it.”

Sparks, 22, was among the guest stars who helped fill out the two-hour finale show, among them Rihanna, Neil Diamond, Reba McEntire, Chaka Khan and John Fogarty. “American Idol” judges Steven Tyler, with his band Aerosmith, and Jennifer Lopez also performed, but it was Sanchez and Jennifer Holliday who stood out with a powerhouse duet on “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going.”

Besides music, there was a marriage proposal for the season 11 finale: Former contestants Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo got engaged on stage.

Young, 31, a season five finalist, told Seacrest that he and DeGarmo, 24, had just moved in together. Then Young got down on one knee and popped the question to her.

“I love you to death. You’re my best friend,” Young said in his proposal, which included a jarring credit for the jeweler who made the engagement ring he was offering (which, given Fox’s heavy soft drink and car sponsor product placement, wasn’t so off-key).

DeGarmo, a runner-up in season three, tearfully accepted, her head bobbing up and down.
But the point of the finale, saved for the final minutes and the highest possible ratings, was anointing the newest Idol and winner of a record contract.

During the three-song showdown Tuesday between Phillips and Sanchez, the show’s judges praised his performance across the board. Sanchez was faulted for a lackluster rendition of her third song, “Change Nothing.”

Although some critics dismissed Phillips as a Dave Matthews clone, viewers embraced him for his humility, his on-camera mugging and his memorable acoustic covers of songs like Usher’s “U Got It Bad.” In weekly tallies, Phillips never fell among the low vote-getters.

On Tuesday, he earned consistently high marks from the show’s judges, while Sanchez faltered on “Change Nothing,” the song that could serve as her first release. The teenager agreed with panelists Randy Jackson, Lopez and Tyler, saying she should have gone more “urban” with her song choice.

Phillips had better luck with the slow-tempo, acoustic tune “Home,” which the judges said recalled artists like Fleet Foxes, Paul Simon and Mumford and Sons. At one point during Phillips’ final performance, the pawn shop worker was accompanied by a marching band.

It was a hit with the panel. Jackson, beaming, exclaimed: “I love the song. I love you. I love the production. I love the marching band. Everything about that was perfect.”

Jessica Sanchez in ‘American Idol’ finale

Jessica Sanchez in American Idol FinaleJessica Sanchez lost no time in letting viewers know she’s “in it to win it” by delivering a powerhouse rendition of “I Have Nothing” just minutes after “American Idol” Season 11 finale began Wednesday morning (PHL time; Tuesday night in the US West Coast).

The petite 16-year-old Filipina-American-Mexican sang the Whitney Houston song for round 1 of the top-rating show.

Phillip Phillips, the other finalist, on the other hand, sang “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King, accompanied by bongos and an electric guitar.

AI judge Randy Jackson said round 1 went to Sanchez, making the crowd go wild.

For round 2, the finalists got to relive their favorite performances in this season.

Sanchez sang “The Prayer” by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli while Phillips chose “Movin’ Out” by Billy Joel.

AI judge Steven Tyler said Sanchez won the second round, but Jennifer Lopez, another judge, thought Phillips won it.

Jackson believed it was dead even.

For the last round, the two finalists sang songs that would be their first single if they win the finals.

Sanchez’s song is the pop ballad “Change Nothing”, which is about love.

Lopez said a pop ballad should not be Sanchez’s first single considering that the young singer has a lot of soul.

Jackson wasn’t such a fan of the new song, but loved how Sanchez made more out of it. He also advised her to put in some “urban swag” into her songs.

Phillips’ song, on the other hand, is an acoustic song entitled “Home” and he received a standing ovation from the audience after singing it.

Jackson said everything about it was perfect, from the production, the song, the band, and Phillips himself.

Lopez thought it was moving and different, while Tyler believed Phillips was “perfect” and sounded like Paul Simon.

Voting for US residents will run for four hours right after the performances.

The winner will be revealed on Thursday morning (PHL time).

My deepest congrats to Jessica Sanchez for being the youngest and first ever fil-am winner of the prestigious American Idol Contest. Good luck Jessica and more power to you! 🙂