And so the news breaks out, Joshua Ledet goes home causing most Filipinos to celebrate Jessica Sanchez‘ latest victory on American Idol where she gets a chance to go head-to-head with Phillip Phillips next week for the grand finale of American Idol 2012. This is an achievement, not just for the 16-year old AI hopeful, but somehow, for the Philippines who has seen quite a number of Filipino hopefuls joining the reality singing competition but was relatively unsuccessful. The most successful attempt was that of Jasmine Trias, until now!
Trias was the 3rd finalist in the American Idol Season 3 search and went on to have a singing career of her own. She even visited the country sometime back. But after her bid, the rest who followed suit were not equally successful. The names Camille Velasco, Ramielle Malubay and last year’s Thia Megia comes to mind, plus the rest of the other hopefuls who did not make it even to the top 24. Jessica’s achievement is worth noting!
Week-to-week she showed her singing prowess with her powerful voice — a style that is typical in the singing competitions here in the country. I was initially worried that she’ll get voted off recalling last year’s Pia Toscano, who has an equally powerful voice, getting chopped off early in the game. Well, she almost took that path; she was just fortunate that the judges still have the power in their hands to save her from ultimate elimination. Is it a coincidence or fate?
Is she destined to become the very first Filipino American Idol winner? Next week, she’ll be singing her butt off once again against Phil who, I feel is getting stronger. Last night as I watch the encore telecast of the top 3 performances, I felt that the only female contender lacked the connection with the audience. I did not see the moment that Idol judge Randy Jackson was looking for. No doubt she can sing, alright. But the audience needs to feel her. I feel that the two male hopefuls had those moments; I even think that Phil could win this thing.
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