MANILA, Philippines – “American Idol” runner up Jessica Sanchez is excited to have her Filipino fans as her date for Valentine’s Day.
In an exclusive interview with The Philippine Star columnist Ricky Lo that was published on Sunday, Sanchez said she will be offering her debut concert to her fans in the country, who have been there for her since the beginning of the hit American talent show.
“I have hundreds of supporters and fans, and I’m expecting them to join me in Manila on Valentine’s Day. I’m very excited and very blessed,” she said.
“Even though I’m not there now, I’m told that people see me on TV (Jollibee commercial) and on billboards (as endorser for Bench). I heard that the Mega magazine has just come out and I’m on the cover. That makes me even more excited to go back there. I look forward to spending a good time with the people out there,” she added.
Aside from singing her new songs which will be in her first album, Sanchez revealed she will also be performing a Tagalog song in her concert.
“I [don’t] have [a favorite Valentine song] in particular but on my concert in Manila I’m singing a very special Tagalog love song, ‘Ikaw.’ I think I learned how to sing ‘Ikaw’ when I was 12. I’m very, very excited to sing it for my Filipino fans,” she said.
Sanchez said she will be dedicating the famous Tagalog ballad to the couples who will be watching her show on February 14.
Sanchez will be joined in by “American Idol” Season 11 seventh placer Colton Dixon in her Manila concert.
Meanwhile, the 17-year old singer said she it is unfortunate that she won’t be able to visit Bataan again when she comes back.
“Oh my gosh, I really wish I could go to Bataan and visit my relatives there. But I think the week that I’m there, I’ll be very busy…busier than I was the first time I was there. Not this time. Maybe next time, I will stay longer,” she said.
But the singer admitted it will be her dream to celebrate her 18th birthday in her mom’s hometown.
‘American Idol’ memories
Two weeks ago, “American Idol” began its new season, searching for new talents. Asked what she feels now that her season is really over, Sanchez said: “It brings back the whole experience, from the time I started on it to the time the competition ended -- the whole process!”
Sanchez said she has sacrificed a lot of things for her “Idol” stint but she is glad that everything has paid off.
“I guess I did sacrifice a lot of things, and my family, too. But I’m glad that, you know, everything paid off. So I’m working really hard to give the support back. I just finished my album. I hope my fans like it,” she said.
After “Idol,” Sanchez has appeared on a lot of shows including the 26th Annual Carousel Ball of Hope at the Beverly Hilton, the City of Hope Spirit of Life Awards Gala in Los Angeles, and the 2012 BAFTA Los Angeles Brittania Awards.
She is set to appear on “Idol” again when she launches her album and she is schedule to appear in the hit musical series “Glee” for her multi-episode arc.