Jessica Sanchez wants to perform before Pinoy fans

Posted at 03/28/2012 7:59 PM
Jessica Sanchez during the Billy Joel night on "American Idol"

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-Mexican contestant Jessica Sanchez said she wants to come to the Philippines to perform before her Filipino fans.

She announced this in her official Twitter account when a fan asked her what country she wants to visit to perform.

“I'd love to perform in the Philippines! They got lots of love for me there <3 Gotta Represent ;)” she said.

In her previous interviews, Sanchez said she has never been to the Philippines but she is hoping she could visit one day.

The 16-year-old singer was born to a Mexican-American father and Filipina mother, Editha, who originally hailed from Bataan province. She was born and raised in San Diego, California.

Sanchez is the fifth contestant who has Filipino roots to make the Top 12 of the hit American talent search.

As the competition becomes even more intense as each week passes, Sanchez said knowing her family is watching helps her conquer her fears.

She said they are a big part of her “Idol” journey from the start.

When she passed the auditions in her hometown of San Diego, Sanchez said her family celebrated by eating Filipino food.

"I celebrate with so many Filipino food -- lumpia, pancit, adobo, just so many stuff," Sanchez said.

In her latest performance, Sanchez wowed the judges anew as she performed her own rendition of Billy Joel’s “Everybody Has a Dream.”

She also received her third standing ovation from the judges last week since this season’s Top 13 were picked.

While she has been consistently mentioned as one of the frontrunners on the latest season of "American Idol," Sanchez said she doesn't take these predictions seriously.

On Thursday, the remaining contestants of “Idol” will be singing the songs of their own idols.

Many are expecting that Sanchez to going to pick a Beyonce song since she has been vocal in saying that she looks up to the singer.