No goodbyes: Jessica Sanchez in AI’s Top 6
After her near-elimination last week, Jessica Sanchez now enters American Idol's Top 6

MANILA, Philippines [UPDATED] – It looks like the Idol judges convinced America that Jessica Sanchez was worth saving.

Sanchez is now among the show’s Top 6, based on the elimination results of Fox’s megahit singing competition on April 20, Thursday (Friday in Manila).

To viewers’ surprise last week, the 16-year-old Filipina-Mexican, who was an early favorite, got eliminated by voters, then saved by the judges in a dramatic rush to the stage.

With fans rallying behind her, she came back on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) with two performances that earned her mixed reviews.

American Idol viewers were just as shocked, however, about the exit of rocker Colton Dixon, also a frontrunner in the show.

Dixon, who, prior to this week, was never in the bottom 3, was voted off after a lackluster performance in the previous episode.

‘Save’ Dixon

On social networking sites, fans posted their thoughts about this week’s results, which saw the highest tally of votes so far this season.

@JasmineMarco tweeted, “Jessica Sanchez will be the first Asian American Idol.”

@glee_no1FanGirl said, “American Idol is a JOKE! 2 of the best singers voted off in 2 weeks. Last week Jessica Sanchez, now Colton Dixon? WTF America.”

American Idol announced during the show that there were 53 million votes cast Thursday (Friday in Manila) after Sanchez’s rescue made headlines the earlier week.

Some, however, were surprised to find that Dixon received the smallest share of those votes.

They blamed Sanchez and the Idol judges, who they said “wasted” their precious once-only save on their “pet.”

@Mandylicious76 said, “Way to go american idol judges for wasting your save last week.”

@tylerette tweeted, “@AmericanIdol PLEASE BRING BACK COLTON DIXON! The save should have been 2NITE! This is the worst mistake ever!”

It will be interesting to see if the reaction of Colton’s fans will reflect painfully on Sanchez’s future votes.


Dixon, a singer from Tennessee known for his punk-rock music and spiky hair, was the fifth to be voted off the show.

After he got eliminated, he admitted, “I wasn’t myself last night,” referring to his rocked-up rendition of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance.

Steve Tyler said his voice could have been “more powerful,” while Randy Jackson remarked “it was not as exciting as we would have liked.”

On the other hand, Sanchez, who has roots in Bataan, Philippines, got the usual rave reviews for her first song, although the judges thought she didn’t connect so much with the audience in her second.

After singing Alicia Keys’ Fallin’, Jackson and Tyler said Sanchez got a talent that’s “otherworldly,” and that gives her the “right to get mad at a song.”

“The way you play with songs, the way you sing.. it’s crazy, it’s insane. I’m so glad you’re still here with us. I’m glad we had a save and use it on you,” noted another judge, Jennifer Lopez.

Dixon’s elimination leaves just one male finalist who hasn’t been in the bottom three — Phillip Phillips.

Sanchez, Phillips, Joshua Ledet and Skylar Laine were safe this week. Completing the Top 6 were Elise Testone and Hollie Cavanagh. –

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