AMERICAN IDOL: Idol Finaist Jessica Sanchez performs during the season 11 AMERICAN IDOL GRAND FINALE at the Nokia Theatre on Weds. May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  CR: Michael Becker/FOX

I’ll be posting a transcript of Jessica Sanchez conference call later today. In the meantime, check out media interviews from around the web.

UPDATE: A transcript of Jessica’s conference call

  • Is she relieved it’s over? “I kind of am, but I’m going to miss everything—I’m going to miss the people, I’m going to miss the schedule, and just the whole craziness I’m going to miss it.”
  • Can she elaborate on the kind of album she would make?  “More like urban R&B and stuff, a little bit of pop, but not much.  I want to have that goody kind of side of me, kind of not like bubble gum.”
  • On singing with Jennifer Holliday in the Idol finale, “It was so much fun.  I mean I was in the moment and so was she, and we were making like the most ridiculous faces I know.  We were just really digging deep into our hearts and singing the heck out of that song.”
  • On the best advice she received during the Idol season, “I’ve gotten a lot of advice from different people this season, but something that I believed in always, and people told me here …, is keep striving for my dreams, and if I do succeed always stay humble and stay grounded and always remember where I came from.”
  • Is there a song she wanted to sing that she couldn’t?  “I really wanted to sing a Prince song, it’s called “How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore.”  I love that song and I really wanted to do it, but Prince isn’t really clearing any songs for any shows right now.  So yes.”
  • Was she nervous to sing songs by Whitney Houston? On singing “I Will Always Love You” on the finale,  “Most definitely, and you know what, they actually pushed that in there a couple hours before the show started, so I didn’t even know I was singing it until a couple hours before the show.  It was a shocking moment for me, but I was excited to sing it because I love the song, I love Whitney Houston; I’m glad I got to pay tribute once again.”
  • What thoughts were running through her head when she heard the results from Ryan? Was she surprised?  “Not at all.  I like literally thought–I believed that Phillip was going to win, not because I don’t think I’m good, but he has such a big fan base.  We both do and we both thank our fans so much.  But he’s really an artist’s artist, like he sang so many different songs and every song that he sang it sounds like Phillip.  It always sounds like him, and that’s what it takes to be a real artist.  And I’m so proud of him and I’m so happy with him.”
  • When will she get home to Chula Vista? What will she do when she gets there? “I’m not sure.  I’m not sure exactly when I’m going back home, but I know it’s going to be for maybe a couple days.  Yes, I’m most definitely going to just be with my family and try to take it all in and enjoy that moment.”
  • On the process of picking and receiving songs from Jimmy and the judges, “For Jimmy Iovine and stuff that was all them.  I couldn’t really choose anything; that was really their choices.  And for the single, I really had like a day to pick and they didn’t give us many choices, and even that I had to make little adjustments to.  So it was very difficult, but now that I do have time and I do have variety and I can choose and look through songs and work with different producers and stuff I’m definitely going to make my single, my real single, something that is 100% me.”
  • On the difficulty of coming back after she was saved by the judges from elimination, “It was difficult and it didn’t really affect my confidence; it made me push harder.  But I think it was also a bad thing, too, because I think I was pushing too hard and I wasn’t really feeling any of my songs, I was just trying to prove myself, I was focusing on it way too much.”
  • Did the feeling go away at some point?  “It did go away for a little bit, but then when we had to come to the point where we had to sing songs that the judges picked as your music it was a big challenge, because we didn’t have any say in any choices, like they just gave us songs and we did them.”
  • How difficult was it to wait for the results during the 2 hour finale?  “I wasn’t nervous about anything.  I was actually excited, because I really thought Phillip was going to win and I was so happy for him.  I think he deserves it 100%.  I was just happy to be there in the top two.  I can’t regret anything.”
  • Does she think it matters to her career that she didn’t win? “Not at all.  Jennifer Hudson came in like seventh place and she is one of the biggest ones on Idol; I have so much respect for her.  Hopefully I’m one of those people, and I think all 12 of us are going to have successful careers and I cannot wait.”
  • How has being away from her family taken a toll, “It’s hard, it’s difficult, but I’m learning how to cope with it because I’m taking it as like I’m not really doing this for myself.  I’m doing this for them, too, so it’s not really like I’m not being there for them.”
  • Is she excited to spend more time with them now that the competition is over?  “I’m thrilled.  I won’t be spending a lot of time with them, I’ll probably get like three days at home, but I’m going to be cherishing every single second I’ve got.”
  • Her thoughts on why she came in last the week she was saved, “Well I don’t know.  It could have been so many things, and I don’t really like to think about it.  I did what I wanted to do that week.  I sang a song that nobody really knew from a not very popular artist and I was fine with that, because if I went home then I would go home proud of what I sang and liking what I sang.  But I don’t know what it was … because people thought I was safe or maybe more because of my song selection, but I don’t regret anything.
  • Was she overwhelmed by the support she got during her hometown visit to San Diego? “I was very overwhelmed.  I mean I had never experienced anything like that ever in my life, and it was amazing to have that much support by my hometown.  And I can’t wait to go back, and really when I came back for the homecoming story I really wanted to hug every single person that I saw.”
  • Does she think it’s possible for a woman to win American Idol? “I have no idea, and I think my only disappointment would be that—the only reason I would have really wanted to win is just to break that whole guy reign and just have a girl win it for once.  It didn’t have to be me, it could have been Hollie or Skylar or whatever.  But I’m so proud of Phillip and I’m so happy with him.  He’s so talented …”
  • On the biggest challenge she faces transitioning into a musical career after Idol, “There is a lot of things.  Right now we were like in an American Idol bubble, and we were protected by the American Idol staff and we didn’t really get to see what was going on out much in the real world.  There’s that, and then the fact that we are known as American Idol contestants and we have to break out and become artists instead of being labeled American Idol contestants.  So it’s going to be difficult, but we’re all going to work hard and try to get our names out there as a single person.”
  • If she had to choose, would she rather work with Rihanna or Beyonce?  “Well I’ll start with I love both of them, but Beyoncé is like she is just an amazing person overall.  She seems so sweet and so humble, and she’s very private with her life and she’s an amazing performer; I mean she pretty much can do anything.”
  • Did she have any idea before she auditioned that you would make it this far? “Not at all.  I didn’t even think that I was going to get two minutes on TV.  I mean I was hopeful, but I didn’t even think—yes—I feel blessed to even be in this position right now.”
  • If she could go back and change one performance, which would it be? “I mean I don’t think there really would be anything.  I mean I went into this competition and I just sang my heart out, and I really have no regrets at all.  I made top two; not a lot of people can say that so I’m happy, so I’m content with where I am.”
  • On tour, will she be doing a solo tribute to Donna Summer? “I’m not even sure what I’m going to be doing on the tour yet, I mean we’ll see.  I’m looking forward to it.”
  • Who did she feel early on would be her biggest competition? “All of them—we were all different genres, different types of music style, and it was a difficult one.  So it was all a big challenge for not only us, but ….  Yes, I thought it was pretty fair and pretty scary, too.”
  • What was the high point for her? Her very best performance? Has she heard from famous fans? “I mean I’m not really sure.  I mean I loved singing a number of songs on the show and … was the very song that I sang.  I have gotten some Tweets from celebrities before, and it’s been a blessing.  It’s been a crazy journey and I’m going to miss it.”
  • She has mentioned in the past that she’s not the best dancer. Is dancing something she wants to work on and incorporate into her performance? “Most definitely.  Yes, I’m really trying to work on that.  So we’ll figure it out and hopefully I can get some movement.”
  • On Jimmy Iovine’s criticisms of some of her outfits, How much input did she have choosing what she wore? “Okay.  I do have a lot of say in what I wear; if I don’t like something I make sure I tell them and they always cooperate and try to fit with what I want.  I did love that dress, and I think after watching the performance that I thought it was a bit too much—my hair was big, I was dancing, I had the small dress on—I understand why he was making those comments.”
  • Does she have any downtime? Does she plan on going on vacation with her family? “I have like no downtime at all.  I have like three days to go home and just relax, but that’s about it and then I get back to work.  So I’m excited for those three days, but most definitely I’m going to be working most of the time.”
  • What does her Idol journey mean to her? “It really means the world.  I’ve been wanting this ever since I was a little girl, and I just want people to know, kids my age, that if you really put your mind to it you can achieve anything that you want.  I’ve been doing this ever since I was little and I’ve been working hard ever since I was little, so you just have to put your mind to it and it will happen.”
  • Does she have a message for her Filipino fans? “Just I love you guys so much and hopefully we can stop by when we’re on tour.  Nothing is confirmed yet, but I would love to.”
  • Her favorite Filipino dishes, “I love lumpia and I love sinigang.”
  • She’s been tweeting back and forth with Jesse McCartney. Will they do a duet? “Well nothing’s been confirmed yet and I’ve been really busy.  So, yes, nothing’s really been done yet or talked about so we’ll see what happens.”
  • Closing remarks: “Just want to thank all my fans for supporting me and for giving me the opportunity to make it this far.  Thank you so much and love you.”

‘American Idol’ Phillip Phillips ‘Has Everything,’ Jessica Sanchez Says – Despite wishes that a female would finally be crowned “American Idol” after five years of male domination, Jessica Sanchez came in second place when Phillip Phillips was pronounced the winner during Wednesday night’s season 11 finale. But while some might have expected her to be at least a tad disappointed, the pint-size vocalist was nothing but smiles. When MTV News caught up with the 16-year-old Sanchez backstage after the show, she expressed nothing but love for Phillips and claimed she already knew the humble Georgian would win the competition. – Watch the Video at MTV

Jessica Sanchez: Phillip Phillips ‘Deserved To Win’ American Idol – “I like freaked out because I was so happy for him,” Jessica told AccessHollywood.com’s Laura Saltman following Wednesday’s finale. “I told him and I whispered to him, I was like, ‘You’re going to win this whole competition,’ and he was like, ‘No, I’m not.’ And I was like, ‘Phillip, just stop it, you know you’re going to win. Stop!’” she recalled. “I don’t think he realized it and he was even crying up there… this means a lot to both of us, but I think he really, really deserved it.” – Read more at Access Hollywood

‘Idol’ Runner-Up Jessica Sanchez: “I Knew That Phillip Was Going To Win” – “I really think that Phillip deserved to win, and I’m so happy for him….When they announced that it was Phillip, I was so happy–and I knew it already,” she said. “So that’s why I gave him a big hug and I was smiling the whole time, because I was like, ‘Phillip is gonna win!’ I love him so much, and he deserved it. Like, literally, he has worked harder than all of us. We’ve all worked hard, but he’s been having to keep up with his health issues with his kidneys, and I think he’s been through a lot more than us, mentally and physically.” – See the Video at Yahoo.Com

American Idol’: Jessica Sanchez on Phillip Phillips, and THAT DUET with Jennifer Holliday — VIDEO – Right before American Idol season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez spoke with EW backstage after Wednesday’s finale, she turned to a Fox rep and politely asked, “Can I take off my shoes now?” After the teeny tiny teenage power singer removed her (roughly) four-inch heels, she turned and smiled: “Just made myself smaller!” – Watch the Video at Entertainment Weekly

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  • http://twitter.com/jepriy Jepoy Ramos

    I believe Jessica thought that she was gonna be eliminated in Top3. Still so proud of her. Staying Humble and being Real. Go Jess!

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    I agree.  She probably felt blessed just to be Top 2 – considering she had to be saved. She’s a class act.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    Jessica seems like such a classy young woman.  I hope she will continue to stay that way throughout her career.  I wish her the best of luck with her future!  

  • http://twitter.com/TweetsFromFrank Frank

    I agree. I’m sure after Top 7 week when she got saved, she felt privileged to even make it each week (even though it seemed obvious to the viewers that she would be at least top 3).

    Or maybe Jess knew P2 was gonna win because she knows about the WGWG Kristy Lee Cook prophecy. Btw, KLC was from Philadelphia, so I’m guessing season’s winner is going to be a Caucasian 20 year old name Adel Phia who happens to play… guitar.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    She said she’s been watching the show since Season 1.  She probably knows more about the show’s history than P2 does.

  • Guest

    Not to be Debbie Downer, but how often do you hear “I had a gut feeling I was gonna be eliminated” after a contestant gets eliminated or “I had a feeling he/she was gonna win” after losing in the finale? 

    Anyway, at least she’s happier than I am (or than my family is) about her being runner-up. The sales don’t lie, they’re honest jerks :P.

    I hate you iTunes

  • Anonymous

    Jessica is a classy, adorable, and talented young woman. I can’t wait to see what comes of her future in music. I wish her success.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    If I recall, Kris Allen was selling more singles post AI win as well.  Didn’t translate into more CD sales when his album dropped.

    He’s on a post winner’s high right now.  Only time will tell if it lasts.

  • Anonymous

    I’m proud of this girl. I can’t wait until she releases the kind of music that’s really her, and she’ll definitely find her audience. The AI audience likes their rock and country, so I’m not surprised phillip is dominating the charts right now. Jessica just needs to work with people who get her and who will help her make the right decisions. Screw AI, this was most likely my last year watching, I’m tired of the same ol s*** every year. I’ll still follow my favs from past seasons, but that’s it. 

  • http://twitter.com/Jakeysnakey19 Jake Williams

    I agree with all of this. All winners have pretty much done this high following the end of the show. A week from now he will fall. Then he will have to really prove himself when his album drops at the end of the year. Scotty’s niche was country. Country sells. Phil’s type of music rarely sells well. We seen what it did to the other wgwg’s. Hell, even to Crystal,who I thought had a decent album. And even to other strummers who arn’t even on the show that debut that kind of music. Rap/Catchy pop is the IT thing right now. And don’t bring up Adele people.She just got a lucky chance in the sea of pop music. No one in a reality show will ever debut those numbers.

  • http://twitter.com/IkeMendes Henrique Mendes

    Jessica is a class act! Happy for both of them!

  • Anonymous

    Jessica is adorable :)
    I hope she records a good cd with a lot of potential to sell well.
    You go, girl!

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Now, if Idol puts another attractive white male from the South who mentions his Christian beliefs – we will have the winner for Season 12.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000487285329 Willis Dunlow

    NEVER have seen such a young person with such talent and CLASS!…SO sad she did not receive her reward -America has become TASTELESS and
    BOURGEOISIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !

  • getaway1

    She knew Phillip was going to win – after she had given that lousy performance on Tues. Even she must have known that she screwed up. Even MTV who had backed her up initially, said she the wheels had already starting coming off during her 2nd performance, and by the coronation song, it was obvious she knew she had pooped all over herself.

    Brian Mansfield said that Jessica by picking that horrible coronation song, she showed that she was more of a reality TV show contestant, than someone who showed any artistry. And he said that was the pitfall of someone like her who grew up watching the show.

  • Anonymous

    Oh please, who cares what these people say. People should stop acting like she completely bombed the finale. She was better than P2 in every round, except he got the better coronation song.  Simple as that, plus the fact that the majority of the audience that watches idol clearly prefers some genres of music over others.

  • Anonymous

    She didn’t completely bomb it, she just was flat. If you can’t bring it at the finale, then you don’t deserve to win. Probably everyone in that audience knew Phillip was sick and might be a little off. But he did a good job on his coronation song and Jessica didn’t. If people want to throw around blame for her losing, maybe people need to throw some Jessica’s way. 

  • Anonymous

    She sang all her songs well, they weren’t flat at all. The problem were with the songs, not with Jessica’s singing. I can’t even blame Jessica because we don’t know what her options were for her single. Maybe they were all equally bad and not in her style. But you know what I’m not even mad she lost, I’m just disappointed Phillip won. If Joshua, Skylar, Elise, or Erika had won, I would have no problem. Whatever enjoy your winner.  

  • getaway1

    Jessica did not bring her A game on a night she needed too.  The same thing happened to her last week.  She was the weaker performer of the Top 3.  For the record, she and Phillip tied for the 2nd song.  But that doesn’t matter, it was the all important coronation song that she messed up in.  If she had won, I doubt she would have been able to get the ITunes numbers with that song that Phillip has gotten with Home.

  • Anonymous

    Jessica seems like a sweet young woman. She is mega talented. I bet she is happy that she made it as far as she did and that she is going to be able to record an album. I hope Jimmy does right by her. If he gives her the right songs and they market and promote her well, I can really see her blowing up. I wish all her all the luck. 

  • Anonymous

    Top 2 = Guaranteed opportunity to make a record… She didn’t win, but she didn’t lose either. She’s probably blessed for the opportunities she has been given.

  • getaway1

    The reality is that Phillip won. That’s not going to change. And it just wasn’t the finale, he was a standout in Top 3 with We’ve Got Tonight.  He was a standout in Top 4 with Volcano.  And Phillip has nothing but complimentary and gracious towards Jessica.

    I don’t think it’s at all unrealistic that Phillip won because people thought he did a really good job.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/C6HV2UO4WHAHKMAPXSH5DZTLAM drew

    Lee didn’t ‘bring it’ in his finale. Crystal cleaned his clock and lost. Jessica did well. She didn’t make technical mistakes, she just may have chosen songs she shouldn’t have but we don’t know what coronation songs she had to choose from. That takes more experience. P2 better be careful dismissing his coronation song as “not mine” because people seem to very much like that sound from him.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care who won, I’m not going to buy any of their music. I look at the show for entertainment, when there’s no one I’m interested in. Since the show began, contestants have been given songs that either wasn’t their choice or their genres. But it’s up to them to give a good performance and she didn’t. Adam Lambert did a country song and made it at least memorable. Kris Allen rearranged a disco song and made it work. David Cook did a great job on a Billie Jean and he’s certain not pop.

  • Anonymous

    Crystal lost because of everything leading up to the finale. Lee wasn’t the greatest vocalist, but he certainly wasn’t what Crystal was, which is a folk singer. Plus another thing in Lee’s favor was a better attitude. He acted like he wanted to win, she seem like she really didn’t care either way. But today, it don’t matter, because neither one has a contract with a label.  

  • DavieP

    She’s been very gracious in the interviews Ive seen.  Intersting Ryan didn’t mention a ‘close’ race so we have to assume P2 won by a HUGE margin of those 132 million.  They need to do something like DWTS where they limit votes from each ISP, cell phone etc to a certain #.  I don’t know if Fox would want to do that with the sagging ratings cuz it might anger those crazy tween girls…but maybe they need to do some research into that for next year.  It definitely skews the vote and I think we definitely would get a different winner.  I think DWTS limits votes to how many contestants are left…so if there are 12- you get 12 votes – if there are 3 –  you get 3 votes; not sure thats the best..but you could limit to something reasonable which might actually engage more people because if you can only vote 10 times, they might thing, thats doable, I can spend 5 minutes to vote 10x, but if you know people can vote for 4 hours and vote 1000x, casual viewers (or adult viewers with lives like me) are not going to bother to vote , thinking their 4 votes aren’t gonna change the result.  Come up with a number 10 or 20 and do that many votes per phone line, email address/website; text etc…You won’t be able to brag the 132 million world record but you may get a winner who is actually popular among a broader audience and can actually sell records – - because the lack of a superstar winner in so many years is also affecting Idols credibility – It may still be the #1 show but its being known more for artists who make one album (or 2 if they’re lucky) and then get dropped.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/C6HV2UO4WHAHKMAPXSH5DZTLAM drew

    Actually, if you look at the P2 conference call / media round up he confirmed she told him during Top 3 week he would win it all.

  • Guest

    Jessica still had a crapload more good performances than Phillip and Phillip had a lot of trainwrecky performances. It sucks.

  • Guest

    That just reinforces my point that most of these contestants say that they think the other contestant is gonna win or that they have gut feelings that they are leaving. 

  • http://twitter.com/Sowsyalite Sowsyalite

    It’s stupid to expect too much from contestants. Not everyone is a musician or a theater artist who can tweak songs very easily. Idol definitely made it a disadvantage for non-musicians when they started allowing instruments on stage. That’s when the WGWG thing started and then there were no stopping. Unless Idol clears more songs for contestants, WGWG will always win.

  • Anonymous

    I have a lot of gut feelings. The only ones I remember are the ones that turned out to be right. … just sayin.

  • Tess

    Jessica lost because SHE didn’t connect with enough people.  She should have been history in seventh place but TPTB gave her another chance that her fanbase jumped on.  But apparently once the other big voiced talented singer bit the dust she wasn’t able to pick up those votes.

    It will be interesting to see where she now goes.  I think she is too young and way too inexperienced in life to be a legitimate R&B singer, right now, and she’s way to princessy to fit in what I perceive as the urban environment.  Charice has a better voice than Jessica and she is struggling to find a toe hold outside of AC.  I am sure Jessica doesn’t want to go the Disney route, and she doesn’t have enough of an edge to match the current girls who are controlling the pop scene.

    Universal definitely has their job cut out for them finding a home for her.  I don’t think she’ll be popping out an album anytime soon…I bet she’ll follow Haley and we will see her album come next spring.

  • Anonymous

    I thought I saw something about how Jessica was going to start recording heralbum this week. Has anyone else seen that? Maybe I’m making things up in my head now…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    She had been my favourite from day 1 and I never hoped that she will win as we already know the AI trend votes.  Having her in the final 2 was quite a miracle by itself; the fact that she had the platform and the perks of AI runner-up is already a win for her.  

    Now is just a matter of getting the right team to produce her and she should choose Ne-Yo over Jimmy I if she’s given the chance.  Ne-Yo could totally re-package her for the industry and help her sell her songs.

  • Lombe Chileshe

    Tommy Mottola will be producing Jessica Sanchez’s first CD Album. Read about it here http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/entertainment/2012/05/24/tommy-mottola-to-produce-jessica-sanchezs-first-album/ He Made Mariah Carey Huge: Hoep he can do the same for Jessica!

  • http://twitter.com/RonHep Ron Hep

    Agreed totally. Aside from the good song choice P2 got along with background singers and marching band to boost up the song. Jessica was much better on the other two songs. P2 was actually pretty bland on his first two songs. She had little control over the song she was given, and did a pretty good job at trying to make it better. Usually most of the coronation songs are horrible, but P2 was lucky it sucked a bit less than usual.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     I don’t think that’s confirmed quite yet.

  • Anonymous

    Jessica lost because SHE didn’t connect with enough people.  She should have been history in seventh place but TPTB gave her another chance that her fanbase jumped on.  But apparently once the other big voiced talented singer bit the dust she wasn’t able to pick up those votes.

    That’s extremely contradictory.  If she didn’t connect with enough people she would never have lasted so long after the save.  The save mobilized enough folk to get her past Joshua, Skylar, Elise and Hollie.  For the record we don’t know who picked up the departing contestants votes or in what quantities.  Somehow I think if it were a landslide, that would have been touted to show Phillips strength.  You have to be pretty strong to get to the finale.  I am not going to underplay her popularity.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001571418856 Dee Miggel

    AI is just a stepping stone and Jessica knows it.  Among 10 past idols, how many are still at the top of their game or at least still with their career going? Daughtry, Lambert, Pickler, Archuleta had better careers and CDs than some of the past winners. It’s what you do after Idol that matters.  For a young girl with ginormous talent and voice, the world is hers for the talking.

  • Anonymous

    Most of the talk shows said that if she would’ve sang with that much emotion on Tuesday night as she did with her Jennifer Holliday duet, Jessica would’ve won the competition.

    She’s too careful when she’s performing.  She needed to lose herself in the song like Josh or make it about the music like Phillip to make the TV audience love her.

    Oh well, it’s over and now she can just perform and not be judged!

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I think things turned out for the best.  This is a great opportunity for Phillip to show who he really is AFTER surgery and he is feeling much better.  This is Jessica’s opportunity to becoming a star.  They’re both winners.

  • Rami H

    From P2′s interviews it seems like they had very little time and limited options for picking the winners song, and as much as I don’t begrudge him the win, I really wish they gave Jessica something a bit better to sing for her final competitive song. Memories of that are all erased now anyway after the spectacular duet with Jennifer

  • Anonymous

    Eat more fiber … sorry I just had to :)

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    See… good on Jessica. This girl has a good head on her shoulders and is appreciative of her position and Phillip’s win. For anyone who can’t get over of Phillips win… Jessica has … why cant you. Good luck to this girl.. I want to hear some urban!

  • Kirsten

     

    From P2′s interviews it seems like they had very little time and limited
    options for picking the winners song, and as much as I don’t begrudge
    him the win, I really wish they gave Jessica something a bit better to
    sing for her final competitive song.

    Finger’s crossed that they don’t make her sing that horrible song on the tour. It will be a set killer. They haven’t always made runner-ups sing the  coronation song. Obviously, in years when they have only 1 coronation song like Season 6 and 8, they didn’t make Blake or Adam sing it again. I don’t think Katharine ever sang “My Destiny” again after Final 2 night. She certainly didn’t sing it on tour.

    Surely they can find her a better song to sing before the tour starts!

  • Reflects On Life

    This is quite the recognition and honor.  But is it a good thing?  Does she want an album of soaring ballads?  Didn’t Mariah herself break away from Tommy, in part, to go more urban?  I’d prefer a more current producer for her.

  • Anonymous

     “Eat more fiber … sorry I just had to :)”

    Ha!

    “just had to,” eh?

  • Anonymous

     ” I don’t think Katharine ever sang “My Destiny” again after Final 2 night. She certainly didn’t sing it on tour.”

    She didn’t quite sing it on the night in question either, as I recall…. Poor Katharine. That was a horrible one.

    When they have a lot of songs that Jessica sings well, and that are good songs, I’ll bet they’ll can that crappy one and let her sing something else. It isn’t as if she had no repertoire.

  • Anonymous

    ” This is quite the recognition and honor.  But is it a good thing?  Does
    she want an album of soaring ballads?  Didn’t Mariah herself break away
    from Tommy, in part, to go more urban?  I’d prefer a more current
    producer for her.”

    I’d prefer more current people too, but Mottola has had a hand in some stuff that isn’t soaring ballads, so maybe there’s hope. He’s worked with JLo, I think, and that couldn’t have been on soaring ballads….They can and will hire people who’ll be more current. Just depends on who does most of the steering, I suppose.

  • sandrajane

    Urban music?  Urban stations will not play her and she won’t get any press with urban media. 

    I think she’s in for a rude awakening.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    And what makes you think that?  Interscope has a TON of pull with Urban radio and Urban media.  Seems to me that if they wanted to work that angle they could do it quite easily.

  • Anonymous

    she sounds so grateful and humble and well spoken for a 16yo. i love it.

  • Anonymous

    ” Urban music?  Urban stations will not play her”

    Just curious as to why you think they absolutely won’t?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see urban radio playing her music. She’s a sixteen year old Asian girl with no personality. It’s not going to happen.

  • Anonymous

    ” I don’t see urban radio playing her music. She’s a sixteen year old Asian girl with no personality. It’s not going to happen.”

    There’s definitely a barrier. But urban stations play Robin Thicke — seems like the barrier is sometimes a little permeable.

    That said, I kind of doubt that they would promote her to those stations. She’ll probably have to fight it out at pop — and with less opportunity for the HAC/AC fallback position that others have, I assume.

  • Anonymous

    Robin Thicke’s voice fit on urban radio and he’s not a sixteen year old kid, plus it helps that he’s married to a black woman. Jessica should try the Disney route.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Jessica has a bunch of Hip-hop/R&B covers on YouTube and had a large following before she ever got on Idol. She even did duets with other popular YouTube types in her genre. She’s not Disney. She was not swaggerific on Idol, but she was on the internet. LOL

    There are young performers in that genre.

    If she gets hot songs they will play her, she’ll be fine. Trust me. I’ve been a hip hop fan all my life. :)

    ETA: and I agree with tati83… she’s Fillipino/Mexican, which will not hurt her anywhere near as much if she was, say, Chinese. I just didn’t want to open that can of worms.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t necessarily see her race being in issue. And she is not only Filipina she is half Latina. Just ask Akon who made Lady Gaga who she is know. He seems to see a market for her. Plain and simple the girl can SING. If she makes material like Sweet Dreams and Stuttering (Beyonce type songs) she can surely be a hit. 

  • sandrajane

    Just curious as to why you think they absolutely won’t

    And what makes you think that?

    She’s not black.  Last non-black female singer to get any sort of exposure (and a successful one at that) on urban radio/media was Jennifer Lopez.  It was mainly her first two albums and only because she had remixes featuring rappers and she was dating Diddy at the time.

    Sure, Universal can payola her onto radio for a song, but it won’t stick.  She can forget urban or rhythmic.  Even Justin Bieber, with black artists like Usher forcing him onto us, can’t get a hit on urban/r&b.

  • iFoundIt

    I don’t see anything urban or edgy about Jessica.  She doesn’t have the vibe.  It takes more than just putting on a BB Chez persona.  And on the most important night for her to really show off who she is as an artist, she chosed to do a safe, boring power ballad, The Prayer.

  • Anonymous

    Here is the video of which they showed a clip of yesterday on The View (because Whoopi Goldberg introduced her) of Jessica singing at The Apollo in Harlem.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb66aQBTYLE&sns=em.

    Yes, at 10 she was in the kids division and yes, as Whoopi says, “we never boo these babies”, but nonetheless The Apollo is a very hard venue to do. And there are other videos of Jessica playing the room when she is older.

    When they played the video yesterday Whoopi said she remembered Jessica as soon as she heard that voice. She said the folks at the Apollo had been taken aback at the huge talented voice in that little girl. She told the audience not to worry about her (coming in second) she was “going to be OK”.

    Anyway, I think Jessica knows the market for which she is aiming and I know some of the names associated with her do as well. I do not think her ethnicity is going to be a large stumbling block for her at all.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    That’s utter BS.  I listen to urban radio here in LA all the time.  They play Pitbull, JLo, Eminem, Justin Bieber, Robin Thicke, Lady Gaga, Calvin Harris, Far East Movement, Black Eyed Peas (one Will.i.am is black) hell, they even play Ke$ha on occasion.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     She’s American (meaning she’s fluent in English) and ethnic – that counts for most people.

  • Anonymous

    You must listen to a different type of urban station than I do, because  I’m in the deep South and my urban radio station don’t play Beiber, Eminem J lo Lady GAGa, Black eye peas. 

  • sandrajane

    You’re not even getting it.  With the exception of Robin Thicke (Pitbull, Enimen, and that other group are rappers), they are not urban artists.   BEP, Lady Gaga, JLo, Justin Bieber, Kesha are pop artists (I’ve seen some good arguments that so is Enimen).  Once in a blue moon, they’ll get airplay on a major station in a major city, but the Billboard charts don’t lie.  

    Jessica is not Keshia Cole, Mary J, Jennifer Hudson, Vivian Green, Syleena Johnson, Heather Headley etc etc.  I don’t know where people are getting this idea that she’s going to be some successful urban act or that she is going to be marketed as such.  It is not happening.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GED45R7LV4QERBS74RT6INK65I fed

    No Thanks, you might be confusing Rhythmic with Urban. 

    Anyway this was interesting:

    “On the process of picking and receiving songs from Jimmy and the judges, “For Jimmy Iovine and stuff that was all them. I couldn’t really choose anything; that was really their choices.”

    hmm…

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    I guess.  When Jessica says she wants to be like Beyonce and Rihanna, she could easily get played on the type of stations that play that style of music.  Which would be Top 40 and I suppose Rhythmic – what kind of station is Power 106 in Los Angeles?  Rhythmic?

    I’m pretty sure that’s what Jessica is aiming for.  And if the song is right, they’ll play her in a heartbeat. It doesn’t matter what race she is.

  • Anonymous

    This is her future, someone else makes all the decision and she just sing. She’s clueless about what she wants to do and don’t look she can actually open her mouth and give her opinion. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GED45R7LV4QERBS74RT6INK65I fed

    no i just thought it was a strange comment because she said she was able to pick songs like stuttering and proud mary, and then she’s saying that she didn’t have much input on her song choices or that like jimmy had the final say or something.

    i think you’re being way too hard on hard. i think she has an idea of the “sound” that she wants have (r&b/pop) and the artists that aspires to be and she’ll develop her own style and sound with time. 

    but isn’t that how most female pop stars are made, though?the early sounds of britney, xtina, mariah, rihanna, beyonce, etc. were very much influenced and molded by their record label, their managers, etc.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GED45R7LV4QERBS74RT6INK65I fed

    yep, power 206 is rhythmic. 

  • tinawina

    Fed, reread the question. She was responding to a question about jimmy and the judges song choices… As in Top 2 & 3 night. She’s not talking about the whole contest.

    As for her chances on urban radio stations, I really, really don’t think being a cute fillipina that sounds like Beyonce with more power is going to be a huge issue. But time will tell!

  • sandrajane

    Want’s to be like them how?  Rihanna and Beyonce don’t make the same type of music.  

    And Beyonce is a performer.  Jessica is not.  She’s a ballader.  Are there any videos out there of Jessica even a lightly choreographed performance like Green Light?  I find these Beyonce comparison’s baffling.

    If her label is smart, they would do something like Christina Aguilera’s Stripped album.

  • http://twitter.com/ZarkeMulgore Zarke

    No, she was saying that she had no choice on songs during the final 3 when Jimmy and the judges gave them songs. Her choices by far have been strong (for me at least). Her weakest song choice would probably be “I do wanna miss a thing.”

    Underrated song choices were “Turn the Beat Around”, “How will I know”, “Steal Away” > These were great choices that showed her versatility and vocal abilities! I love them!

  • http://twitter.com/ZarkeMulgore Zarke

     ….she was saying that she had no choice on songs during the final 3 when
    Jimmy and the judges gave them songs….(what’s the question or
    confusion here?)

  • http://twitter.com/ZarkeMulgore Zarke

       she was saying that she had no choice on songs during the final 3 when
    Jimmy and the judges gave them songs….(what’s the question or
    confusion here?)….

    Her choices by far have been strong (for me at least). Her weakest song choice would probably be “I don’t wanna miss a thing.”

    “I will always love You”, “Turn the Beat Around”, “How will I
    know”, “Stuttering”, Nobody supposed to be here (save song), “Steal Away”, And I’m telling you, Sweet dreams > These were great choices that showed her
    versatility, vocal abilities and what she wanted to be.

  • Anonymous

    I agree!! Those were great song choices. I think it’s ridiculous to say she is simply a balladeer when she performed How Will I Know, Turn the Beat Around, Tina Turner, Steal Away. Let’s be real how current can you sound with themes like Billy Joel, 60′s, Queen? I then when it got to Top 2 and 3 the producers, Jimmy and judges saddled her with My All, I’ll Be there, I Have Nothing when they easily could have given her something more current and relatable. And then to top if off her coronation song which studio recording wise is not terrible but condensed into a 2 minute performance was not most suitable for her. And it is apparent she did not have many options for that song, which makes me wonder how worse the other options where. 

  • Anonymous

    Sandrajane, the best I could do was find a video of her swaying back and forth while she sang, no choreography to Beyonce’s songs

    But she does sing a lively Single Ladies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqP80GYQnec&sns=em

  • sandrajane

    She had the chance to do current uptempo songs.  Instead she did these:

    Sweet Dreams (ballad version, Personal Idol)

    Stuttering (Songs from the 2010s)

    Fallin’ (Songs From Now and Then)

    Dance With My Father (Contestant’s Choice)

    And I Telling You I’m Not Going (Songs they wish they had written)

    You Are So Beautiful (British Pop)

    I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing (contestants choice)

    She’s a balladeer.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     You’re assuming she had a wide range of song choices given to her (or any of the contestants for that matter).  It’s usually a very short list of pre-approved songs.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     She wants to do that style of music. R&B/Pop with a hip hop edge.  Something with crossover appeal.

  • Anonymous

    She is or has been a pagent bot, relying on her voice to overwhelm her audience and performing with little movement. However she is also 16 ,fit,and seemingly very willing and eager to learn and please her audience.

    I have no doubt she will be given an opportunity to learn choreo if that is the direction she wants to go and/or Jimmy and his team want to send her. I havent seen anything that indicates she is incapable of moving (especially if not anchored to those 10 inch heels) so she will probably conquer at leastthe a semblance of it in time.

    Even though she seems reserved I have a feeling she is more willing to step out of her comfort zone than a certain double named person who will also be looking to make his mark in the industry.

  • tati83

    I never negated that she sang a lot of ballads. I said it was unfair to say she is simply a balladeer. The whole point of my response was to show that given the opportunity I believe Jessica’s CD will be a compilation of R&B/Pop style songs plus ballads. Let’s not forget early on Top 11 I believe she did Turn the Beat Around and showed great command of the stage and what did the judges tell her that night? Well, Jessica you should stick to ballads. It’s only natural to believe that a 16 yr old who wants more than nothing to live her dream would adhere to the critique and try to please the judges. But she did not simply perform ballads on the show. The girl has a great voice and given the right material I don’t see why she couldn’t have commercial success. 

  • tati83

    I never negated that she sang a lot of ballads. I said it was unfair to say she is simply a balladeer. The whole point of my response was to show that given the opportunity I believe Jessica’s CD will be a compilation of R&B/Pop style songs plus ballads. Let’s not forget early on Top 11 I believe she did Turn the Beat Around and showed great command of the stage and what did the judges tell her that night? Well, Jessica you should stick to ballads. It’s only natural to believe that a 16 yr old who wants more than nothing to live her dream would adhere to the critique and try to please the judges. But she did not simply perform ballads on the show. The girl has a great voice and given the right material I don’t see why she couldn’t have commercial success. 

  • Anonymous

    This is the real Jessica:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBh5XT2cI9M
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXQHdhkeIpw
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doIPplbOvsk

    If anyone doesn’t consider this to be an “Urban” style, then please by all means tell me what this is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

     SHE is going to be a star.  Give her 2 years.  She’s been through all the talent shows, she knows the riff….she’s ready for stardom.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

     I sort of agree.  I watched Constantine’s video and he spoke the truth about her:  she doesn’t have her own style.  She mimics her idols (Jennifer Holiday, Whitney, et al) and she’s got to get her own songs and her own style.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

     I sort of agree.  I watched Constantine’s video and he spoke the truth about her:  she doesn’t have her own style.  She mimics her idols (Jennifer Holiday, Whitney, et al) and she’s got to get her own songs and her own style.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

     I agree with you too.  She plays it safe, as opposed to Elise for example.  But she’s been doing this her whole life so she knows what wins and what doesn’t. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

     http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/entertainment/2012/05/24/tommy-mottola-to-produce-jessica-sanchezs-first-album/
    If this is true about Mottola producing, that does not seem a good fit.  He hasn’t produced anyone in years, and would he know what “contemporary” is?  Maybe he can get Mariah to write some songs for her?  I remember Akon saying he wanted to sign her, seems he would be a better fit because he’s more contemporary.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Thank you for posting these!  Yes, this is EXACTLY the direction I see her going in.  And you can’t get any better than Interscope to make that come true.

    ETA: To everyone wondering who the REAL Jessica is – WATCH THOSE YOU TUBE CLIPS!!!

    ETA 2: And I guarantee you if THAT Jessica showed up on Idol, she would have been voted off immediately. And that’s why she played the Whitney ballad game.

  • sandrajane

    Her performance skills suck.  She’s like Cassie, with a better voice.  Where’s the Beyonce swagger?

    Youtube covers are one thing.  Being signed to a major label and then marketed as an urban artist is something entirely different.   I just don’t see the label doing that at all and even less, Jessica being a successful one. 

    When I think of strictly urban artists, Melanie Fiona or Keshia Cole come to mind.   Beyonce, Rihanna?  No. 

    I bet she just ends up doing pop mixed with R&B lite, with maybe a song they’ll use to try to cross over.

  • Anonymous

    Did Jessica ever say she was strictly urban? No. she said she wanted to take the Urban/RnB direction with some POP, that’s exactly the type of music beyonce and rihanna make. Plus why are you comparing a little 16 year old who just started out to pros that have been in the business for years now? I still don’t get why this little girl gets so much hate, she didn’t even win, you would think that people would move on and follow who they are interested in.

  • Chris

    Jessica isn’t Keshia Cole, of course.  However, there is a wide definition of “urban” – so there are areas where she has could play.  She didn’t tap into it much on the show, except for Gloria Estefan’s Turn the Beat Around, but she’s half Mexican according to her bio.  The market there is huge and continues to grow.

    She needs to pave her own path.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I hope Jessica can now relax and enjoy the rest of this journey.  With her talent, she should go far in the music industry and other arenas of entertainment!  She has a good fan base.  I hope they stick with her. 

  • escape

    Too bad her single from the finale suck so bad.  Because last season Lauren Alaina had the advantage of introducing Like My Mother Does as her potential winning song.  So she had that to promote immediately after her Idol.  She also benefited with getting a lot of the same promotion that Scotty got, because they were in the similar music genre.

  • Anonymous

    i think alot of the issues people have mentioned with jessica such as sort of mimicking other artists, and poor connection with audience have a lot to do with her age.  Jessica to me has a beautiful voice, and hopefully everything else will fall into place as she gets older.

  • nate george

    people trying to rationalize other reasons why jessica lost are delusional.  

    its simple… look at the past 4 winners.  then look at jessica.  no ears necessary.  she is simply NOT what the majority of the VIEWERS of the TVSHOW wanted.  that doesnt mean she wont be successful, because she actually has the ability to sing a genre that sells, unlike phillip.

  • nate george

    basically, a deaf person could watch episode 1 and pick out the winner.  thats how american idol works now.  the minute phillip rolled in with his blue jeans guitar and smile to wet the panties of americas teens, it was game over

  • Anonymous

    Since she wasn’t the anointed one, she didn’t have a whole lot of songs to choose from. She actually said none of them were winning songs in a later interview.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think it was quite as clear cut as you think.  At the start of the Top 13, Phillip was only second in many of the bookies odds behind Jessica. She stayed up there until after the save, at which point Colton moved into front runner position for a week. Once Colton was gone Phillip was the favorite (by a big margin) every week from then on out.

    If it was so obviously “game over”, I think the people putting actual money on it would have noticed.

  • Anonymous

    I noticed how subdued she was during finale night. She probably knew the whole deck was stacked against her and was a little demoralized.

    Well she brought it all right. That duet with Jennifer Halliday is about as much a “fuck-you” to this whole rigged process as it can get.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

     Lili_anne7, thanks for the youtube videos.  She is in deed contemporary and I can see why Akon wants to sign her.  But, I believe she’s both Philipino and Mexican right?  So she would def have that Latina audience, and I know she’s the one to break out with a contemporary sound.

  • Anonymous
    This is the real Jessica:http://www.youtube.com/watch?vhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?vhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v

    If anyone doesn’t consider this to be an “Urban” style, then please by all means tell me what this is.

    Ah, ah, is this the same Jessica?
    She definitely has swagger in this,  as much as she was missing it on Idol.

  • Anonymous

    Incredible videos, that’s the Jessica that can rule the charts.

  • Anonymous

    This is the real Jessica:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

    Holy crap! Who is that person singing? Saying that she has no personality sounds even more ridiculous after looking at these videos. She’s a star. Honestly, I’ve always liked Jessica, despite all those old-fashioned, sleep-inducing song choices. But now I’m really confused. Clearly she’s into just as much pop, hip-hop and R&B as the typical teenager and performs these songs almost flawlessly (the girl even raps!). So why all the ballads? Obviously she had to showcase her voice at the beginning, but she could have thrown in a few more relevant songs later on. I could easily see her performing something like “Airplanes” (and much better than the Voice contestant). Perhaps the producers discouraged her, thinking that they would not be well-received.   

  • Mateja Praznik

    Because… This is American Idol. Family show that leans heavily towards adult contemporary music. With themes such as Whitney Houston, Billy Joel and Queen. That’s why WGWG are doing so well on this show and why Jessica pretty much got stuck in diva ballads and why Adam Lambert didn’t do any dance pop on the show.

  • Anonymous

    In interviews during the show, she said that people were telling her to sing more current songs, but the reason she wasn’t was because she thought the older songs would showcase her voice more. Maybe that was a tactical error on her part though, because it convinced people, who knew nothing about the pre-idol jessica, that she was some kind of old-fashioned pop diva balladeer.

     I guess that’s why some people don’t believe that she has an urban side to her. This is why I posted the videos, to show people who she was before idol.

  • Anonymous

    Wow she’s fantastic! She should have auditioned for X-factor instead tbh. They would let her do this stuff.

    What a great top 2 this year i have to say. Too bad we didn’t get to see what Jessica can do during the show. But i’m sure she’ll go back to it now. I wasn’t following this season as closely as the previous, but after watching these videos i’m really excited for her and looking forward for her solo album.

  • Anonymous

    So while Jessica was picking songs that would highlight her vocals, Phillip was choosing songs that would hide his vocals, LOL. i think it must be tough for a 16-year old to understand that the strategy to winning Idol goes far beyond demonstrating impressive vocals. Regardless, she’s obviously more than ready to conquer the music industry. 

    As a sidenote, I think a lot of the current pop/R&B songs are much tougher to pull off than the power ballads. The vocals may seem understated, but if you don’t have the correct nuance and phrasing, they can easily end up sounding awkward and cheesy (particularly in the absence of synthesizers). Watching Jessica effortlessly recite Cee-lo, Beyonce and Jay-Z songs,  in some ways impressed me more than her power ballads!  

  • Tess

    Jessica’s “playing” the game may have been her ultimate undoing….If others were like me they quickly tired of her singing to impress instead of her trying to highlight what she could bring to the arena.  Her age and her background definitely got in her way.  And you-tube videos aside, which I find somewhat Bieberistic and off-putting, she hasn’t yet proven that she has the ability to take a totally unknown song and stamp it with “her” sound and have the public eat it up…so, as of today, I have no clue what she will do once she un-learns her very bad habits developed through her mimicry.  It will take a lot of persuasion on Universal’s part to get me to buy into her as a star of the future….but we’ll see what everyone on her team can do come fall.

  • Anonymous

    You keep on making the same argument but I don’t agree. Even on “Change Nothing” she sounded like no one else but Jessica. If you are still confused by who Jessica is as an artist then maybe it’s just time to give up. If she has “bad habits” and she “mimics” then Phillip and Skylar also have the same problem. 

  • Anonymous

    Mimics have never impressed me. Pia did the same thing last year and that’s why she was ousted and that’s why Jessica would have been if the judges didn’t save it. Jessica copies other artist, she don’t bring anything new to the table. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    I agree. We could say the same thing about Skylar, Phil or Scotty. They mimic Miranda, Dave Matthews and Josh Turner. As a young singer, Scotty had to learn to pull in his own style in his recording for his album and during his live shows and he is continuing to learn. The same thing will happen with Jessica.

    Jessica “playing the game” is what got her to the final two. She doesn’t get points, like the males do, for being an artist or changing things up. AI viewers like their females a certain way. The week Jessica did a “different” song, was the week she was booted. As long as she sang those sweeping ballads, she stayed out of the bottom three. Jessica was smart to give the AI audience what they wanted. She made it to the finale and will end up with a record contract.

    Jessica is young and has an amazing voice, plus she isn’t stiff as a board when she sings. She doesn’t have the pageant arm or stage fright like Pia has and she has more urban influences in her voice. She isn’t anything like Pia. Jessica will be one to watch over the next few years!

  • Anonymous

    So many critics are that Jessica mimics other artist. She is singing covers after all. I’m not sure how much can you changed up a Whitney or Beyonce song. Its not like she can change it and pull a rock or rap number with songs like this. And she can’t. Was the slow down version of Sweet Dreams a copy? Who was she mimicking in Change Nothing. Beyonce? Or Disney singer? It wasn’t the best song but I though she sang it well enough. Even if its a mimic, it takes a singer with skill and chops to do it. Hey, on the positive note, I think there is enough room in the music world for 2 Beyonce or Withney. Sadly though Withney is no longer with us. Maybe its for the younger singers like Jessica to keep singing her type of songs.

    ETA: I like Jessica more than Philip but I think Philip was the rightful winner but that doesn’t mean that Jessica can’t succeed post idol because she’s a ‘mimic’ on idol. As we all know, the idol effect normally last up to 2 albums. The rules in the real world is different from that on idol.

  • Anonymous

    Who did Pia mimic? If anything, Scotty was the biggest mimic last year, and look at him now. Plus Pia and Jessica have very different styles. Hollie is much more like Pia, just because they both sing very straight and clear, and they both liked to belt out. Jessica has soul in her voice, she uses a lot of runs, and she also has that gritty, growling side of her. Pia is pop, Jessica is RnB, that’s the difference.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    I disagree, Jessica “playing the game” got her into the final 2.  The one week she did a TRUE urban R&B song was the week she got the boot.  After that she went right back to the big ballads and never hit bottom again.

    There was no way she was ever going to beat P2 no matter what she did – unless she suddenly developed a southern accent, turned white and grew a dick.