The best and scariest duet on American Idol!

Watch here: Duet of Jessica Sanchez and Jennifer Holliday

Filipino-Mexican singer Jessica Sanchez, all 16 years of her, stood on stage and sang alongside diva artist Jennifer Holliday in American Idol’s most memorable duet ever!

Watching it all over again gives me both the thrills and chills in hearing such powerful voices! I did get a wee scared, however, watching Jennifer’s facial contortions while belting the lyrics out in soulful anger. When Ms. Holliday was singing, I was worried that her blood pressure would shoot up and her eyes would pop out! I was also a little scared for Jessica whenever Jennifer would wave her arms. I’m just so glad the song ended without any pain or injury – except perhaps in their throats.

Jessica Sanchez may be second in votes but undoubtedly in a league of her own as a finalist in American Idol. She lost American Idol but discovered her other country, the Philippines, and vice-versa! That alone is a blessing that would last her lifetime.

The winner, Phillip Phillips is a likable, adorable American Idol – the kid did have a kidney problem that he ignored in favor of the show and his fans. He’s not a quitter.Let’s all wish him luck in his journey outside the blockbuster singing competition.

Now that the show is over, I am excited to see Jessica Sanchez commanding the stage with a brilliance that true talent brings and this time, no longer as a contestant but an A-class performer. For now, she has accomplished performers like the great Jennifer Holliday to look up to for strength and inspiration.

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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