'Idol' finalists Jessica, DeAndre find romance

Posted at 07/21/2012 1:05 AM | Updated as of 07/23/2012 7:29 AM

MANILA, Philippines – “American Idol” season 11 finalists Jessica Sanchez and DeAndre Brackensick are now a couple, Brackensick said in his official Twitter account on Friday.

The 17-year-old Brackensick said he and the 16-year-old Sanchez are “officially dating.”

Brankensick later tweeted that Sanchez is his girlfriend.

On Thursday, Sanchez also told her fans through a UStream session that DeAndre is her boyfriend.

Sanchez was cryptic at first, saying she has a “secret” not related to her career as a singer.

She later confirmed that she is referring to Brackensick, the Idol finalist from San Jose, California.

Both finalists, however, did not mention when they officially started a relationship.


Brankensick, who sang “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” with Sanchez and Candice Glover, was eliminated third from the 10 Idol finalists.

The Filipina-Mexican-American Sanchez, on the other hand, finished as a runner-up to Idol winner Phillip Phillips.