Jessica Sanchez talks about future plans, school

Posted at 06/07/2012 2:59 PM | Updated as of 06/07/2012 6:24 PM

MANILA, Philippines – It’s only been two weeks since she was named the “American Idol” runner-up but Jessica Sanchez has already set her mind on what she wants to achieve after the show.

"American Idol" runner-up Jessica Sanchez

In an interview with Rolling Stone last week, the 16-year-old said that the Jessica Sanchez people saw on "Idol" is totally different from who she wants to be as an artist.

“I’m not a pop singer at all and I think that’s why people got confused when I sang my single because it was a straight pop single. I want to show everybody that’s not who I am,” she said.

Sanchez said she turns into her alter ego whenever she’s on stage and she wants to be that person when she starts making her albums.

“I had this thing like an alter ego kind of, who I call BB Chez. It was kind of ridiculous because in the beginning it was just a joke. It was just a name that me and my friend came up with and it became this whole serious thing. People actually thought it was an alter ego and it that’s what it has become,” she said.

“Me and BB, it’s definitely two different people. I’m shy and timid and I don’t really talk much but when I get on stage I’m more confident in myself,” she added.

Sanchez, however, said she does not regret a single thing she did on “Idol” because it was a learning experience for her.

“My age doesn’t mean anything. I’ve been working hard every since I was little. I’ve been on shows before. It’s all experience and I love it. It got me to this point where I am now so I have no regrets,” she said.

Pursue education

Meanwhile, despite her new-found fame, Sanchez said in a separate interview that she is still decided in pursuing her education.

“I’m definitely gonna work on some college stuff as a back up but music is pretty much my No. 1 priority next to family and I’m gonna be working on some songs soon. I can’t really say when but soon and I’m excited,” she said.

Sanchez, however, revealed that she still doesn’t know what school to go to.

“Not yet because I haven’t really thought about anything but it will all come in due time,” she said.

Currently, Sanchez is back with her fellow “Idol” contestants as they started rehearsing for their upcoming summer tour.

Sanchez is also set to perform the US national anthem during the Pacquiao-Bradley fight on June 9 (June 10 ina Manila).