Filipino-Mexican-American Jessica Sanchez may have lost the competition but for her fans, she is still the "American Idol."
Sanchez, 16, of Chula Vista, California, lost to Phillip Phillips, 21, of Leesburg, Georgia.
Sanchez's mother is Filipina, while her father is Mexican.
Sanchez's fans on Twitter said they believe Sanchez is still a winner:
@tonyatayde: "Phillip Phillips can have the title of American Idol. Jessica Sanchez is already a GLOBAL Idol."
@FrianneAslahon: "@AmericanIdol Para samen si JESSICA SANCHEZ ANG PANALO !!!!!!"
@adolfooe: "Jessica Sanchez is a global super star like Adam Lambert, #runneruppower!"
Many of her fans have also been saying on Twitter that the Philippines and Mexico have been separated by boxing but united by music.
Twitter user @MgaKasabihan said: "PHILIPPINES & MEXICO, Separated by Boxing, United by Music. That's Jessica Sanchez!"
The Philippines' foremost boxer — Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao — has been called the "Mexicutioner" after having won over many Mexican boxers.
Among "American Idol" contestants with Filipino heritage, Sanchez has so far made the best achievement.
Filipino-American Jasmine Trias made it to the top three of AI's Season 3, while Ramiele Malubay, another Fil-Am, placed ninth in Season 7.
Thia Megia, another Filipino-American, meanwhile, finished in the top 11 of last year's competition.
Jessica Sanchez - Finale "I Have Nothing"
Jessica Sanchez - Finale "The Prayer"