This week proves to be the homestretch for Filipino-Mexican-American Jessica Sanchez as American Idol Season 11 comes to a close. This is it and she’s in it to win it. The stage is set for a showdown with another formidable contender in the svelte Phillip Phillips. After another whirlwind season of upsets, broken hearts and tired throats, the dust will settle and America will add another “Idol” to its roster of talent. It is Jessica’s moment to grab and claim victory not just for her, but for the multitudes backing her up.
Jessica’s Filipino and Mexican roots have been essential to her success in the competition. Call it the fuel to the powerhouse furnace that is her voice. Every song belted out reverberates to her supporters. There is an excitement that inspires, and it is not just because she is proudly representing her diverse heritage. It is just because she makes singing look effortless and she seems to channel the spirits and energies of great singers inside her 16 year old body every time she hits those notes.
Whatever happens this week, this is already a victory for Jessica and the people behind her. For Filipinos, here is another addition to our sources of inspiration that seem to be exhausted at times. In a country of karaoke singers and “biriteras,” she is a beacon that unites, a good example of how far talent can take us, and there is no geography that will dictate one’s momentum to success.
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