MANILA, Philippines – The Americans have spoken (or voted). Phillip Phillips is their new Idol.
But Jessica Sanchez, who has Filipino and Latino roots, is the world’s idol, according to netizens who took to social media to express awe of the 16-year-old’s power vocals.
On May 24, Phillips, the dreamy white-guy-with-guitar who fit the mold of previous American Idol winners, got bulk of the record 130 million votes, to be the 11th winner of the hit show.
Sanchez, the sassy “diva-in-training,” however, has made her mark, especially with her killer duet with Tony Award-winning Jennifer Holliday on results night.
Sanchez’s fans deal with upset and Phillips’ celebrated — in a passionate, emotional and witty fashion — by flooding the social media space.
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