Jessica to sing US anthem in NBA Finals

Posted at 06/12/2012 2:30 PM | Updated as of 06/13/2012 1:55 AM

MANILA, Philippines – “American Idol” runner-up Jessica Sanchez is set to sing the United States national anthem anew, this time before thousands of NBA fans.

"American Idol" runner-up Jessica Sanchez singing the U.S. national anthem ahead of the Pacquiao-Bradley fight in Las Vegas

On Tuesday night (Wednesday morning in Manila), Fil-Mexican Sanchez will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the start of the first game in the NBA finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat.

She said in her official Twitter account on Tuesday that she is already at the airport en route to Oklahoma City.

“So tired lol. In vegas, heading to oklahoma :)” she said.

Asked by a fan on what to expect from her in the coming days, Sanchez said: “Well NBA tomorrow, #idoltour, and working on upcoming album :).”

This would be Sanchez’s third appearance singing the US national anthem after “American Idol.”

Sanchez led the singing of the American national anthem during the PBS Memorial Day concert in Washington D.C. last May 28.

She also sang the “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sunday morning in Manila).

Sanchez, whose mother is a Filipina, said she also hopes to sing the Philippine national anthem "Lupang Hinirang" before a big crowd soon.