Jessica Sanchez guests on 'Live! With Kelly'

Posted at 05/30/2012 3:29 PM | Updated as of 05/31/2012 10:04 AM

MANILA, Philippines – “She might have been the second but she definitely placed first in my heart.”

Jessica Sanchez guests on 'Live With Kelly' in New York.

These were the words of popular television host Kelly Ripa when she introduced “American Idol” runner-up Jessica Sanchez on her show "Live! With Kelly" on Tuesday morning in New York (Tuesday night in Manila).

After fulfilling her commitment with Disney World in Florida, Sanchez immediately flew in to New York City to visit the ABC Studios.

Speaking to Ripa during the show, Sanchez said she is still in cloud nine after finishing second in the hit American talent show.

“It was a big whirlwind, pretty much I mean, it still is. I'm busy as heck. It's crazy and every single day we have something new to do. I don't regret anything because I made it to the top two,” she said.

Ripa said she is in awe with the Chula Vista-based singer because “this was the first year you auditioned for 'American Idol' and you practically [almost] won the whole thing.”

Ripa even offered to teach Sanchez how to drive since part of her prize on the show is a brand-new Ford Fusion.

“I'm a terrible driver but I'll happily give you a lesson if you want learn how to drive and then you can give me a voice lesson and it would be so nice,” Ripa told Sanchez.

Sanchez also performed her cover of the Whitney Houston classic “I Will Always Love You” on the show.