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Jessica Sanchez will make history if she wins 'American Idol'

May 18, 2012 11:40am

(UPDATED 3:00 p.m.) - Filipino-Mexican-American Jessica Sanchez will make history if she wins the reality singing competition "American Idol."

As a Sanchez fan — Edwin Suba — noted on the young singer's official Facebook page: "Jessica will make history if she wins. Three reasons:
(1) First Asian winner
(2) Youngest winner at 16
(3) First saved contestant to win the title

So far, the two youngest winners on the show are Jordin Sparks of Season Six and Scott McCreery of Season 10, based on their profiles on the American Idol website.

Sanchez's Facebook page was abuzz with congratulatory greetings from her fans:

Rodjz Aguilar Piang
congrats jess. so sad josh is out.. we love you!♥
Princess Grace Allysa Baniqued
Jessica... Sing songs that have high notes! :* U can do it ♥
Lhuz Solero
Yey! U made it to the finale! Praying so hard,it really w0rks! Thank u God!!! :)) Thank u America!
*teary-eyes* ;D
Alfred Ponce Gozon
Coming from Jasmine Scent: JESSICA please 
Pay tribute to Donna Summer on Tuesday sing her song with highest selling records, and make it a really beautiful rendition im sure Donna Summer fans worldwide will vote for you and will support you bigtime.
Cynthia M. Marquez
What I learned from the nerve-wracking experience:
(1) create another Skype account;
(2) vote as a group in Skype;
(3) tell AI people that since their show is being seen worldwide they should allow non-US residents to also cast their votes via FB and on the AI website;
(4) stay glued on this page for all the blow-by-blow (parang boxing) updates; ignore all the haters and bashers;
(5) enjoy the camaraderie in here; and
(6) lift all efforts of support for Jessica Sanchez to God.

Joshua Ledet says goodbye

Meanwhile, the Reuters news agency said Joshua Ledet brought the "American Idol" judges to their feet, but couldn't win over fans.

Ledet was sent home from the top-rated TV talent show on Thursday, leaving Sanchez and Phillip Phillips to battle for the crown on next week's finale -- May 23 in the US (May 24 a.m. in Manila).
The elimination of Ledet - through audience voting and not by the judges - sets up a final showdown between Sanchez and Phillips to determine who will be named the next "American Idol," a distinction that has belonged to hitmakers such as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, among others.
Sanchez has impressed the judges from the beginning of the current season with her technical mastery of music, despite being the youngest contestant at age 16. Singer-songwriter Phillips has won plaudits for bringing his own distinctive style of guitar playing music to other artists' songs.
The finale will consist of a two-hour performance episode on Tuesday, May 22, followed by a results episode on Wednesday, May 23. The winner will receive a recording contract.
Ledet was gracious in defeat. He closed the singing contest Thursday with his rendition of "It's a Man's World," replicating one of his most popular performances of the season.
Audience voting was based on Wednesday's episode that included three performance rounds of contestants singing songs chosen by the judges, then picking their own songs and finally belting out a tune chosen by mentor Jimmy Iovine for the third round.
Judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, and Randy Jackson chose Etta James' "I'd Rather Go Blind" for Ledet's first performance.
In his feedback, Tyler predicted Ledet would win the show, but his later response to Ledet's other songs was not as enthusiastic.
Though Lopez praised him for communicating the meaning of the lyrics in John Lennon's "Imagine," Iovine thought he went a bit too far, describing his performance as "slightly overblown and over-emotional."
Iovine then took some responsibility for what he thought was Ledet's less-than-stellar performance of Mary J. Blige's "No More Drama," saying that he should have chosen a song with more melody.
For her Wednesday routine, Sanchez sang Aerosmith's "I Don't Want To Miss a Thing," and Tyler, the rock band's lead singer, told her "you just took a great song and made it greater." And Iovine said it was worthy of singing at the Grammys.

Past American Idol winners

The show's official website shows the ages and hometowns of the past winners:

Season 1
Kelly Clarkson
Age when she won: 20
Hometown: Burleson, TX
Season 2
Ruben Studdard 
Age when he won: 25 
Hometown: Birmingham, AL 

Season 3
Fantasia Barrino 
Age when she won: 19
Hometown High Point, NC
Season 4
Carrie Underwood 
Age when she won: 21
Hometown: Checotah, OK
Season 5
Taylor Hicks
Age when he won: 29
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Season 6 
Jordin Sparks
Age when she won: 17
Hometown: Glendale, AZ
Season 7 
David Cook
Age when he won: 25
Hometown: Blue Springs, MO
Season 8 
Kris Allen
Age when he won: 23
Hometown: Conway, AR

Season 9 
Lee DeWyze
Age when he won: 24
Hometown: Mount Prospect, IL
Season 10 
Scotty McCreery
Age when he won: 17
Hometown: Garner, NC 
- with a report from Reuters, Andrei Medina, VVP, GMA News

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