Jessica Sanchez in the final 3!

Fans of Jessica Sanchez including millions of overseas Filipinos, can heave a sigh of relief, at least up to next week, as she enters the elite circle of the three remaining contestants in American Idol.

WIth more than 70 million votes, the three contestants: Joshua Ledet (20), Phillip Phillipps (21), and Jessica Sanchez (16) are already assured of worldwide acclaim and recognition.

Out the door goes 17-year old Texan aspirant Hollie Cavanagh, a week before the Am Idol bets go back to their respective hometowns.

What’s in store for Jessica next week? Hopefully, fans of Hollie will shift their votes to Jessica as the only girl left in the race. The hometown visits would also underscore Jessica’s journey as a true-to-life American dream for a talented daughter of two immigrants.

It would be hard not to be sympathetic to a daughter of an American soldier. Still, this is American Idol, and even the most sympathetic story can’t repair a botched song.

For Jessica, the challenge is song choice, song choice, song choice. She must remember her age, and find a song that more people – young and old – can relate to. Here we keep our fingers crossed that record producer Jimmy Iovine would dispense the best advice.

Style is equally important. As the only female contestant to watch, she must dress her age, and not JLo’s. No fashion advice from the dawg, Randy Jackson please!

Good luck, Jessica! We love you!

Author: Susan Ople

Susan "Toots" Ople is the President of the Blas F. Ople Policy and Training Institute. She's an OFW and labor advocate based in the Philippines.

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  • Ria

    That’s the same advice I sent to Jessica on her FB account.  I told her she could sing ‘big songs’ but the song should be familiar to the audience and right for her age.  Etta James’, I said, is just too old for her although she sang ‘Steal Away’ beautifully.  Let’s cross our fingers and continue praying that she’ll PICK THE RIGHT SONGS and PERFORM FLAWLESSLY next week!

  • Let’s pray that she chooses the right songs next week! She really deserves to win!

  • Koolgent333

    She is the resurrection of Whitney Houston! Go Go Go Jessica!!!

  • She’s going to be a huge star like Whitney but hopefully without the baggage of drugs and abusive relationships! 🙂