Sanchez welcomes judges' criticism

Posted at 03/15/2012 2:34 PM | Updated as of 03/15/2012 3:09 PM

MANILA, Philippine -- Filipino-Mexican-American contestant Jessica Sanchez may have missed a beat on "American Idol" this week but the 16-year-old said she still welcomed the negative feedback from the judges.

Asked to sing songs from the year they were born, Sanchez picked Gloria Estefan's "Turn the Beat Around" and failed to impress the judges, as well as the TV critics.

Both Randy Jackson and Steven Typer advised Sanchez to pick her songs more carefully.

“I don’t think you should stray too far on that [ballads]," Tyler said. "The rhythm that you sang with the song was just a little shady but again I love you voice and they do, too."

For her part, Sanchez admitted that she had a hard time picking a song for this week but also thanked the judges for their "constructive criticism."

""I've always been looking for constructive criticism from them because I want to always step up my game and perfect the next song that I'm doing, and they haven't been really giving me that," Sanchez told ABS-CBN News.

During the first two weeks of the "Idol" live shows, Sanchez earned standing ovations from the judges for her performances of Jennifer Hudson's "Love You I Do" and Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You."

"I'm actually glad that they gave me some [criticism] because I know I'm not perfect. I need that to step up my game. Hopefully if I'm here next week, I can do that, take their criticism and work on it," she said.

Despite the seeming setback, Sanchez continues to gain supporters, including Black Eyed Peas member Apl.de.ap.

"Watching American Idol, to all my Pinoys vote for Jessica Sanchez, Pinoy pride, she's amazing!" Apl tweeted on Thursday.

Sanchez, meanwhile, thanked Filipinos for continuing to support her.

"Thank you guys for all the support and all the love. I hope I can visit the Philippines one day. You guys are amazing!" she said. -- With report from Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN News North America