Fans screamed and cried as host Ryan Seacrest announced the top two remaining contestants on Season 11 of the popular “American Idol” show Friday morning (Manila time).
Crowd favorite Filipino-American-Mexican Jessica Sanchez was named in the top two, meaning she will be in the final round next week.
Sanchez, who hails from Chula Vista, San Diego, California, will be pitted against Phillip Phillips, the other finalist.
Joshua Ledet was eliminated after public voting determined he was the contestant with the least number of votes.
Sanchez's top 2 achievement is the highest attained by a contestant with Filipino heritage on the show.
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.
Sanchez's mother is Filipina, while her father is Mexican.
'Last girl standing'
The 16-year-old Sanchez is the last girl standing on “American Idol” this year.
On Wednesday night’s performance (Thursday in Manila), Sanchez sang three songs: Mariah Carey’s “My All,” Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing,” and Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There.”
She got positive reviews from all three AI judges—Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, and Randy Jackson.
Tyler said, “You’ll be the last one standing here. I believe that.”
Lopez noted how Sanchez sounded like Michael Jackson in “I’ll Be There,” while Jackson said Sanchez’s rendition of “My All” was “absolutely beautiful.”
On Thursday’s results show (Friday in Manila), however, music producer Jimmy Iovine said he thought Sanchez’s performances lacked “a magical moment.”
Still, he said he hoped to see Sanchez in the finals.
Adam Lambert, Lisa Marie Presley
Former "American Idol" finalist, rocker Adam Lambert, and Lisa Marie Presley were among the guests on the results show.
Presley sang her new single “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet,” while Lambert performed “Never Close Our Eyes.”
Finals next week
The top two contestants will perform next week for the last public voting.
Viewers who are US residents will then choose by phone, text messaging, and online voting who will be declared Season 11’s American Idol.
Past "American Idol" winners who made it to superstar status include Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson.
Among the finalists and contestants on "American Idol" in the past are Katharine McPhee, David Archuleta, and Jennifer Hudson.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Jessica Sanchez makes it to top 2 on 'American Idol'