Will Jessica Sanchez win American Idol for her talent?

Is it really a contest of talent? Or is it a contest of which of the candidates can mobilise the biggest voting bloc? Filipino-Mexican American Idol contestant Jessica Sanchez represented the hopes and dreams of her co-ethnics as she made it to the finals of the popular reality talent show. But it took a “save” from the panel of judges to keep her in the running after she attracted the lowest number of votes among the contestants in last Thursday (12th April) night’s episode.

Filipino-American television viewers have vowed to “actively vote for Sanchez until the finals” and, for their part, “local artists and personalities [in the Philippines] have also expressed their support for Sanchez, saying they would do their share of voting if they could”.


[Photo courtesy tr3s.]

The question therefore is, will Jessica Sanchez win the American Idol title because of her talent? Or will she win it because of the simple fact of her ethnic background and the voting power that can be mobilised around it?

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TaengGorbachev
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I believe that it will be in the same situation concerning Efren Peñaflorida. She may win but not because of her talent(as if she has talent, since metal singers like Rob Halford, Tom Araya, Corey Taylor and Anders Friden sing better than her), but because FILIPINOS WILL WANT HER TO WIN. All for the sake of “Pinoy Pride”. Thus, I will go against it, and wish that she loses based on her being Filipino. I said this only to teach the Philippines that these people(Pacquiao, Charice and other “Pinoy Pride makers”) will not really help them, but would rather sink… Read more »
mommyjo
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“as if she has talent…”. well, she has. may not be your taste, but she has. Would you be willing to consider that some of us really like her for her talent and not because of this so-called Pinoy pride. Sad, but it seems to me that our predicament having an inept, vengeful, tactless president has gotten people so cynical. This can get really contagious. For chrissakes, this is only about a talented 16-year old!
I think I am leaving GRP for a while. Peace.

TaengGorbachev
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@mommyjo There may be those who believe in her supposed “talent” for real, but still there are more Filipinos who believe in this “Pinoy Pride” more than anything else. They will tell you, “Love your own”, even when it is not supposed to. You love because you love, not because others love… Talented 16-year-old girl? Puhleez… Old men nowadays are perhaps better than children. Compare Buddy Guy to Justin Bieber. Compare Led Zeppelin or perhaps Metallica or Megadeth to these new bands in the mainstream nowadays. And if this “talented” girl wins, she is just a product of the mainstream… Read more »
Mirror Force
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Naks, bossing. Kinumpara mo ba naman sa metal singers eh… that’s like comparing a tomato and a potato to see which of the two is greener. 😐 H’wag ganun, unfair naman kay Jessica. Hnlabo.

Mirror Force
Guest

Also, dude. Dederetsuhin na kita ah. Corey Taylor SUCKS.

TaengGorbachev
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@Mirror Force
Then remove Corey Taylor and replace him with either Ettore Rigotti of Disarmonia Mundi or Bjorn Strid of Soilwork. They both have epic singing.
Let’s also compare Jessica to the likes of Ayumi Hamasaki, YUI, Aya Hirano, etc. and Jessica will still fail.

tonybac
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You’re like those people who hates Kobe Bryant coz’ they say he’s over-rated…but can’t accept the truth that he is a generational talent…I’m not sayin’ that Jessica is one…but the judges said themselves…”she is one of best singers in America, ever”…I don’t follow AI…I don’t even know Ms. Sanchez until that save in AI…I don’t even plan of being a fan…I subscribe to another form of entertainment…what I’m sayin’ is that…a talent’s a talent…no matter the ethnicity…BTW…I used to be a metalhead (thrash, death, NWOBHM, hardcore) also…the way they played their respective musical instruments (specially the guitar) is what got… Read more »
TaengGorbachev
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@tonybac
Hey, I think Kobe is good. Anyway, the judges only said that she is one of the best, so as to avoid being perceived by Filipinos as being racists(that is, it is to avoid trouble, loss of profits for the show, etc., and also knowing that Filipinos are generally onion-skinned people).
Concerning growling, it’s true that anyone can shout and growl, but to shout and growl WITHOUT FEELING ANY PAIN AT ALL is something else. As InfidelAmsterdam said in a video, “If it hurts, you’re doing it wrong”.

Bill Steffen
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Yes she should win! Then she can come here and sing the Chinese out of Scarborough shoal

mommyjo
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and btw, what’s wrong about being proud of Efren Penaflorida because he is such a positive influence and did something more than good? It could have been worse, he could just have whined til kingdom come.

TaengGorbachev
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And concerning Peñaflorida, perhaps his win was rigged by the nation only for the sake of “Pinoy Pride”. The nation is trying to get bragging rights from wrong means.

romeo
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yup, might just be another Efren Penaflorida or Palawan Underground River. haays.

TaengGorbachev
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@Bill Steffen Oh, please!! The Philippines perhaps lack any REALLY good singer(and perhaps even REALLY good musician) in these present days. The singers and musicians alike in the Philippines, perhaps with very, very, VERY few exceptions, IF ANY, on the lyrical aspect, do not teach the people in the society anymore. They are just focused on love, romance and perhaps nonsense(something like Barney the dinosaur, or perhaps Rebecca Black). Metal musicians can do that(like Megadeth, Slayer, etc.). On the vocal aspect, however, metal bands are not alone. China, Taiwan, South Korea and esp. Japan have the best non-metal musicians and… Read more »
DaSuperSoldier
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Oh yeah, I’m a fan of SOPHIA and even Ok One Rock, which is a Japanese rock band with some metal elements. And the rest is history.

I remember that Ane Curtis (she actually HAS no talent) announced her early retirement because she was vehemently criticized by none other than Lea Salonga. And speaking of OPM, it’s currenlt dead. Real OPM is in the 90s. And that is MY generation.

mikelopez
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to be fair with jessica, she worked her way to get there., and she really has the talent. don’t compare her to artists which this generation doesn’t know because that show was created for this contemporary. those artists you mentioned doesn’t sell, and all of them are forgettable. metal artists?! seriously?. well, even if we argue all day, one thing is for sure, she’ll make it on top, she’ll get a record deal, make lots of money and you, will continue to sit in front of you computer and make senseless remarks. peace:)

rianolasco
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Rob Halford, Tom Araya, Corey Taylor and Anders Friden??? the who?
please, go back to your era! this is 2012!!!!! :))

Kemeo
Guest

Does this mean the judges don’t know anything about judging and the only reason they used the save is because of her ethnic background?

mommyjo
Guest

spot on, @Kemeo. I get you.

TaengGorbachev
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@Kemeo
They know that they should judge, but they should have heard about the controversies about other foreigners being retaliated by Filipinos. Saving her because of her racial background is actually avoiding a Filipino attack, because if they don’t save her, the Filipinos will attack them just like they did other foreigners before them.

In other words, saving her is their preventive measure.

Kemeo
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I find that ridiculous. A Filipino attack? In what manner can this “Filipino Attack” damage them in the first place. Even then why should they be scared?

TaengGorbachev
Guest

This “Filipino attack” will be in a form of shouting, “We demand an apology!!”. Or “That’s racist!!”. Something like that. They have done this to foreigners who dared criticize the country(20 Reasons to Dislike the Philippines Video, remember? Lara Bohinc? Adam Carolla? Lee Da Hae? All of them were never spared.) – a clear indication that Filipinos are naturally onion-skinned people.

mommyjo
Guest

WHAAAAT? With all their bodyguards they fear a Filipino attack? Talk about misplaced paranoia, this must be one for the books.

FallenAngel
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I wonder what would happen had Jessica Sanchez not been saved by the judges. Would Filipinos all over the world cry racist? They probably would. Many Filipinos are one-track minds.

TaengGorbachev
Guest

So true. Once this Jessica loses, they will shout racist.

brianitus
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Filipinos all over the world = 100% of the population

Many Filipinos = ?%

How many Filipinos watch AI anyway?

And if she got booted out, you can just base your guess on the previous seasons with Fil-Ams. She’s not the first one, you know. They didn’t cry racist before. No reason for that to happen today.

TaengGorbachev
Guest

They will still say “a winner in their hearts”, even if she loses, to make her feel good, when she shouldn’t feel good about such loss. Just like the nation, it loses, yet it claims to be “a winner in its own heart” to make itself feel good, when it is not supposed to feel good so that it can really improve itself.

brianitus
Guest

After that comes the Philippine homecoming after party.

Um, if she lasts longer, she doesn’t have to win. Look at the other finalists from previous seasons. That show is a business and will milk talent when they believe in it.

I think the Pinoys will need the “feel good” bs more than she will need it.

TaengGorbachev
Guest

@brianitus
They FEEL that they need it, when they are not supposed to need and get it. And they will try to get it by all means.

siopao711
Guest

This brings to mind good ol’ Renaldo Lapuz. LOL.

brianitus
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Oi, benign0, that girl can really sing ha. However, I feel that it’ll take more than talent to win that show. Based on the title and show format, you have to be “idolized” weekly to win. That’s why they have the moneymaking voting part. Unless you have access to the voter profiles, there’s no real way to say who’s voting for who. As for this week’s save, I don’t know but that show reminds me of basketball. She peaked too early perhaps? Or was she getting too much praise that people were getting tired of her already. Or maybe she’s… Read more »
Joe America
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Agree. Scottie won last year because the country-western fans went crazy voting. But he also has talent. No question Jessica is extraordinarily talented, should certainly be top three, and will get a recording contract no matter what happens.

Joe America
Guest

Note to self. Congratulations on reading the Glitz and Glamour, that place where we don’t have to worry about Chinese gunboats or North Korean missiles or impeachment jesters.

Bill Steffen
Guest

Joe can you hold your blathering to a minimum!! I am American also and you are embarassing me with some of the fertilizer you emit

Joe America
Guest

Bill, this is the minimum. I’m embarrassed by many Americans in the Philippines. And States. So, like, roll with it.

dude
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@Bill

Just look at what we have to put up with this Joe America. He is full of crap, indeed.

Dude
Guest

Oh boy. This is getting interesting. I wonder where Joe got his medal from. It’s either from Quiapo or Recto.

Bill Steffen
Guest

Take the CMH down scumbag If you were military you would know better than to have it there

Bill Steffen
Guest

I am a retired Army vet of 22 years Joe I knew you were a scumbag !!!! Take that Congressio9nal Medal of Honor down NOW !!! It is not your and you did not earn it you filthy bag of shit!!!!

Joe America
Guest

Never claimed it was mine. It’s a symbol, fits my blog site theme that I dredged up a while back. Expand your mind. I was also army, 79th Field Artillery, Viet Nam, out of Long Binh. I’ve been there, pal. So don’t give me your holier than thou crap.

Dude
Guest

Society of dishonor is more appropriate name for you blogsite with the way you behave around here,Joe.

Joe America
Guest
Okay, Bill, here’s the deal. I used the symbol to signify the kind of honor that goes with deep and passionate self-sacrifice, something that you are familiar with, but many Filipinos are not. You are the first person to complain in the two years that I’ve used it, in part, I suspect, because it is largely a meaningless symbol to Filipinos. Because that “point of honor” is no longer the central theme of my blog site, I can discontinue use of the symbol. I do it out of respect to the years you put in the service, and because you… Read more »
dude
Guest
You are the first person to complain in the two years that I’ve used it, in part, I suspect, because it is largely a meaningless symbol to Filipinos. Duh?!? Now you are shifting the blame for deceiving people to Filipinos. You made us all think you actually have a medal of honor. You should be ashamed of yourself. We are thankful to Bill Steffen for exposing your deceit. I sense that you and I come at things very differently. You remind me a little of those Republicans who believe they are the “real Americans”, and Democrats are somehow Americans of… Read more »
Jon Limjap
Guest

Well, the fact that country singers have won half the AI contests in the past decade, ethnic background (redneck) is CLEARLY the determining factor.

nelson ongpauco
Guest

she talented but we need to vote for her .this is what i dont like the text vote it dosent matter how good you are without the text vote you loss

tonybac
Guest
I really don’t follow AI, nor aware of what’s happenin’ in there, it was just that this news has been coming up so I took a little bit of a peak on Youtube. I don’t really know how to judge a very good singer, seems to me they all sound the same. But if Jessica Sanchez is a real talent, as according to the judges themselves, then she deserves to win, that is in a TALENT show. But AI, I believe, is not about talent, they are more about who gets the most fan, thus it’s called AMERICAN IDOL. But,… Read more »
Pilos
Guest
The way the judges came to the rescue when it was revealed that she got the lowest votes just ruined it for everybody. Isn’t it enough that they praise her (almost) every week? What the judges did only worsened the situation, it even placed her automatically on the chopping block next judging. She is really talented no doubt about it, but the last thing America needs is a winner that’s been shoved down their throats. Let’s just hope she’ll pick a song next week that will connect with the voters. @JoeAmerica — i think you should include the Hawaiian Fan… Read more »
Anti-V
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I would indeed think that Jessica is in deep s*** next episode as I read in many forum sites that her rescue just pissed a lot of fans of the other contestants. The drama just fanned the flames of seething fangirls (and fanboys) of the other contestants who feel their idols are being hacked to pieces by the criticisms of the judges (e.g. Hollie who could still not get it in terms of connecting to people but she got some big loving from her fans who are really tired of hearing bad things to their idol). I forsee a counterattack… Read more »
FallenAngel
Member

Forbes Magazine: Jessica Sanchez used as an example of why star candidates don’t get hired

The comments section is funny. Filipinos brandished their balat-sibuyas stupidity once again.

brianitus
Guest

Just like the battery operated monkeys. Mabuhay ang Pinas. LOL

Just for kicks, maybe someone should blog about how China’s intrusion is similar to hating Jessica Sanchez.

I wonder. Do people really Google articles that they like to bash?

K3
Guest

AI is not simply a search for a good singer but for an Idol. No matter how good a singer she is, she cannot win unless she gets America to like her and like seeing more of her.

This far in the game, that’s a very hard task

Vy
Guest
The show is American Idol..and what is the real mening of being an American Idol.. 1. You should be an Idol, likeable, popular. 2. Talented of course 3. American? What does it mean to be American? Is it by citizenship or by race? I don’t follow the show but I hear Jessica is really good. But sadly, it’s not a surprise if she loses not because of her talent but because of her race. Maybe being an American Idol should then mean be a Caucasian? But then again..America will vote who they deemed as an American Idol…and race will be… Read more »
Andres
Guest

Just to let everyone know…the Mexicans aren’t making a big deal of her…just the Filipinos as usual!

rondie
Guest

dami nyo namang satsat, eh di wag nyo nlang supportahan kung ayaw nyo. kung annoyed kayo sa mga kontribusyon ng mga filipino bat pa kayo nagsalita, nanahimik nlang sana. sabagay we live in the democracy kahit ano sasabihin.

domo
Guest

At bakit ka pa nag-reply dito sa GRP kung puro satsat din ang sasabihin mo sa author? Pikon ka ano?

DaSuperSoldier
Guest

Tama si domo. In fact, you’re so butthurt since you’re missing the point of this article.

Actually, Jessica Sanchez’ popularity wasn’t a contribution; real contributions should be attributed with COLLECTIVE, not individual. Sorry, but I’ll call you an idiot because you believe in a ‘Filipino pride’ which it doesn’t exist. You can’t be proud of what you can’t ACHEIVE. We can never be proud on something we were put into.

Anon
Guest

It’s always the “proud to be Pinoy” thing everytime there’s a half-Pinoy contestant in shows like these. I think Jessica can sing well, but it doesn’t make me any prouder of my Pinoy lineage.

Steel Night
Guest
Will Jessica Sanchez win American Idol for her talent? My answer is a simple two letter: NO. Plain and simple, when one visits the Philippines alone one can find that Jessica Sanchez is a dime a dozen or a centavo a dozen. Just visit the many Kareoke bars, spots, whatever. There’s loads of young people just like that one American Idol contestant. If I could vote, which I unfortunately can’t, I’d vote for Philip Philips, now that’s an entertainer with more than just talent! He’s a winner, he’s got what it takes and also more than deserves to become America’s… Read more »
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