US-based group throws support behind Jessica Sanchez to win American Idol
MANILA – The Migrant Heritage Commission (MHC) and the Filipino-American community in Washington, D.C., are endorsing Fil-Am singing sensation Jessica Sanchez to win the prestigious title of this year’s ‘American Idol’.
“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,” an official statement of MHC said on Saturday. “MHC, a Metro Washington-based service-oriented organization with an extensive network, urges the community to show the Filipino power of unity.” The statement was signed by its three executive directors – Grace Valera-Jaramillo, Jesse A. Gatchalian and Arnedo S. Valera.
Jaramillo said “the MHC has continuously implored all kababayans and friends to vote and support (Jessica), the 16-year old teenager of Filipino-American-Mexican parentage.”
In last Thursday’s American Idol episode broadcast worldwide, Jessica earned a standing ovation from the judges for her outstanding singing rendition of “Everybody Has a Dream” by Billy Joel.
Jessica’s performance on Thursday enabled her to bounce back after a not-so-impressive performance from a week earlier, when she veered away from her powerful ballad songs.
Showing her versatility, Jessica two weeks ago sang Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”, prompting the judges to rise from their seats.
Aside from Jessica, the other remaining finalists in the competition are Phillip Phillips, Hollie Cavanagh, Joshua Ledet, Skylar Laine, Elise Testone and Colton Dixon.
Jessica was born on August 4, 1995, in San Diego, California. Her father is a Mexican-American while her mother is a Filipina from Bataan.
At 11 years old, Jessica showed her singing prowess when she qualified for America’s Got Talent television show.