Jessica Sanchez makes it to ‘American Idol’ top 10

KD Suarez
The 16-year-old Filipino-Mexican-American singer is now part of the singing competition's top 10

MANILA, Philippines – Jessica Sanchez is still in the running to become the next “American Idol,” despite having a less-than-perfect performance last Wednesday, March 14 (Thursday, March 15 in Manila).

The 16-year-old Filipino-Mexican-American singer is now part of the singing competition’s top 10 finalists, and is now officially part of the “Idol” concert tour this coming summer.

Shannon Magrane was the one booted out of the show, the second contestant who exited the popular contest this week. The other one was Jermaine Jones, who was disqualified prior to the performance night, due to prior criminal records.

“Idol” rules state that contestants should not have any criminal records.

Sanchez continues in the competition despite failing to wow the judges with her rendition of the Gloria Estefan hit “Turn The Beat Around.”

“I don’t think you should stray too far from what you do the best, which are ballads,” rock icon and “Idol” judge Steven Tyler said.

Pop diva Jennifer Lopez, meanwhile, said the Filipino-Mexican-American’s performance was “not her favorite thing,” but still commended her for a “good job.”

Veteran ‘Idol’ judge Randy Jackson, meanwhile, said the dance tune wasn’t a perfect fit for her.

“The problem for me was the song choice. You got a big old voice but the song didn’t allow you to show that,” he said.

The critiques from the three judges are a far cry from last week’s comments on Sanchez’s performance of the Whitney Houston hit “I Will Always Love You,” where she even got a standing ovation.

“This is about constructive criticism that is only going to get you better,” Jackson said.

In response, the 16-year-old singer admitted “Turn The Beat Around” was a “bit of a challenge.” – Rappler.com

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