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While many of us (although not all!) were celebrating the start of the New Year stateside, Jessica Sanchez was a world away, performing in the Philippines at the Eastwood City New Year’s Eve Countdown to 2014.

Along with fan favorite songs such as her single “Tonight,” the American Idol season 11 runner sang covers, including “Roar” by Katy Perry. Check out a high quality video of the performance below.

The morning after her energetic performance, the singer tweeted a happy New Years message to her friends, fans and family back home.

Jessica has spent the days after New Years, as a tourist, tweeting about the food and how gorgeous the country is. “This is definitely a trip to remember,” tweets Jessica.

Jessica Sanchez covers Katy Perry’s “Roar”

 
  • Rick Tidwell

    This is absolutely an amazing cover of the song. Jessica is amazing talent I wish nothing but the best for her in 2014. Looking forward to more new music from her

  • bridgette12

    The vocals are fine. But she has so much crap on her face, she looks ridiculous.

  • Guest

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  • andy190

    she looks great the dress reminds me of Pia’s tour dress ..
    at first she looked bored but at the end she boosted the energy of the performance so not bad.

  • BluSky

    The crowd looked bored…

  • guest

    Jessica has a great vocals but I would rather watch & be entertained by Ellona Santiago after watching her on xfactor the girl is really a performer..

  • JimReed

    I really enjoy Roar – Katy Perry (Boyce Avenue feat. Bea Miller cover) X factor season 2 Beatrice Miller.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqoHPzqUkZo

  • Dilly

    It is more than obvious that wasn’t the live crowd. It was shots from
    earlier in the day around the mall – the same as the Fireworks were
    edited in. Jessica is a rockstar in the Phillipines, and when she
    had the crowd sing along you can hear thousands of them going crazy for
    her. Other videos from the back of the crowd show this as well.

  • Dilly

    Ellona’s vocals were pretty weak tho. Her attempts at dancing were far beyond her talent level.

  • reynolda

    that crowd shot is the earlier shot when the concert is not starting yet, it is weird that the uploader insert that video. In the actual concert ,the tables are not there anymore .the whole place is full pack and the people are dancing when Jessica is singing. You can check the other video for proof.

  • BluSky

    Mmm… not quite buying your story. Clearly, there was some live crowd which Jessica encouraged to sing along. So if there were “thousands” that were “crazy for her”, why would they cut them out of this video and replace them with this bored bunch?

  • Dilly

    One thing about big stages for big crowds is makeup gets bigger too. it has to to show their features from afar.

    If this was something for closeup television, she would have ligher makeup on for that audience.

  • breakdown

    She sounds fine.

  • Dilly

    I think you have a desire to want to invent a story of Jessica failing or something. Why is that? If you don’t like her, just say so and leave it at that.

    It is MORE than obvious this is edited with random crowd shots from earlier in the day by a non-professional with a single camera, who didn’t have crowd shots from her performance. How do you think the fireworks got there?

    Go check Youtube for all the other postings if you still want to deny her success.

    I don’t think you understand just how popular she is in the Phillipines. She sold out a 13,000 seat arena for her solo show a few months ago, and her name/star was added to their version of the walk of fame in that same complex. She needs 5 bodyguards circling her everywhere she goes.

  • BluSky

    Oh boy…
    I am discussing this video. Not her career.

  • Dilly

    You are making swipes at her with false statements about the video. Obviously ulterior motives.

  • guest

    Dont be so biased. I said jessica has a great vocals & Ellona is a total performer even some of the press would agree that her stage presence is far beyond to jessica.. I dont care who is vocally superior but all I want is to be entertained & somehow I can see that Ellona is more of an ertertainer.. I think Ellona can dance pretty good compare to jessica. You think singing & dancing at the same time is that easy?! C’mon even britney needs to lip sync.. I like jessic as well but she is more kinda.. celine. Mariah etc.. ellona is more like beyonce britney etc. & lastly Ellona is much prettier! & can speak there language but idk why her mom did not even teach her how to speak there language. Now she is proud of her roots but bfre in AI does she even mentioned that?! Duh! I’m just telling the truth nd my opinion..

  • guest

    I think you are talking about her popularity in the phils with her fans alone but not the entire people of the phils. Even without her in that countdown people would still go to that place & celebrate. I think she needs to stay in the philippines if she wants a career & will see how long she can have a career in that country.. coz I think it wont last. Seeing the filipinos artist & celebreties she is far beyong from them.. did a research.. they have Sarah Geronimo who can Sing (7x platinum for her album) dance & act ( blockbuster movies) & called the Popstar of the philippines..

  • Jcasa12

    WoW

  • Blueknight24

    But it was edited, those people in video wasn’t the real crowd while she’s performing, I know because I’m there. Lol

  • Jepoy Ramos

    Awesome cover.

    I watched the vids from her show and this song “struck” me

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=070QjXpxz5Y (Lightning)

    Any more info on this? I don’t think it was part of her US Album. Is it a cover?

  • Kaylo17

    No this was on the Filipino deluxe version of her album. It’s called Lightning, and you can find the studio version on Youtube

  • Liteasy

    Why isn’t she singing her own songs to sell her album?

  • bridgette12

    Whoever did her makeup made her look like a drag queen. I have seen several female singers perform before a audience a lot bigger than she had and their makeup wasn’t clownish. She looked awful.

  • halo9125

    Everything she does is so affected- the speaking voice where she attempts to sound “hip” , the hand motions, and the way she is made up- it all comes across as contrived.She can sing but her persona IMO is totally off-putting.

  • Corrine43180

    I’m sure she did, but most artists do covers and if they are new covers, MJ posts them on the blog.

    I loved this, she is so talented.

  • Corrine43180

    Does the Philippines only allow one female pop singer at a time or something?

  • bridgette12

    I think she’s clueless about who she is and this hasn’t changed since she was on Idol, where she became what they wanted her to be. She’s no more hip or urban than Danny Gokey is country. She reminds me of those little girls on tots and tiaras, dressed up too old and put on stage to perform for a audience, clueless about what their doing. .

  • halo9125

    The album was released 8 months ago. I think it’s safe to say the album is a flop. I’m just shocked that we haven’t heard yet that Interscope dumped her.

  • Anny_nanny

    She sang some of their songs, it was not just one song. But I’m not sure that Filipinos are buying a lot of legal music . Here the artists must act to earn – a concert here it is not a way to promote the album or singles.

  • Anny_nanny

    I am sure that AI does not want bad news in expectation of the new season.

  • iani

    For me Jessica and Pia are singers made to sing the NA as constant jobs. The world is full of good singers, few are masters of emotion-deliveries and get out the essence of the songs and feel something about them out of emptiness. .

  • Rick Tidwell

    She sang 4 of her songs and two covers

  • bridgette12

    If your a singer and want to have a long career singing, you need to have something more going for you than singing the National anthem. You need to be able to tour and attract an audience. Neither one of them have done that.

  • Kaylo17

    Yeah, I 100% disagree with everything you said! only thing you got spot on is the fact that she can sing

  • Corrine43180

    Well, as someone who loves her voice, I’m glad Interscope believed in her enough to release an album. They bailed on people like Pia ( who reminds me of the ultimate pageant girl) and Kree.

  • halo9125

    If they really believed in her,Interscope would have given her some decent promotion.Instead they released one single which got practically zero radio play and that was the end of it.

  • elliegrll

    It’s not Interscope’s fault that radio wouldn’t play her song. They are also not the ones who bear the major responsibility of promoting an artist.

    Ordinarily, backing someone like Jessica is a good idea, but she had two things going against her, one she didn’t appeal to AI’s core audience, and since she was from AI, but didn’t get a great launch from the show, it wasn’t going to be easy to get radio PDs to play her music.

    Other obstacles that she faced is that her management has no idea how to market someone to Urban formats.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    It’s not Interscope’s fault that radio wouldn’t play her song.

    However, it is Interscope’s fault that they sent the single to radio after the album had already opened to low numbers, instead of 6-8 weeks ahead, like normal. Radio PDs already knew the album had flopped, i.e., that there was no existing market for this song if they added it.

    It’s also Interscope’s fault that her A&R gave her a single that was two years out of date, musically. Sanchez wasn’t a 20-something with years of indie experience, boasting to the press about how much creative control she’d had. She was a 17-year-old girl who was going to sing what she was told.

  • justmefornow

    100% agree with everything you said. Her launch from Interscope was ass backwards, like they had given up on her before they even launched her.

    My biggest problem with Jessica, however, was believing her when she sang. Great voice, but there was nothing there.
    She still reminds me of a little girl playing dress up, singing into her hairbrush in front of a mirror.

  • Corrine43180

    Yes, you’re probably right. Since they at least funded an album for her, they believed, but not enough. I also think her management really dropped the ball for her.

    ETA: they REALLY REALLY REALLY must have not believed in Pia at all since she didn’t even get as far as an album.. I can’t blame them for that tbh.

  • halo9125

    Does 19 know how to market any of the Idols? Pop, urban, – it seems no matter what the genre their “management” is an epic fail.

  • perfectstorm

    Season 11 became more about focusing on the winner. It was pretty obvious from the get go that Iovine was on the Phillips train. And when Home and his album took took off, there was no stopping that train. And there was really no place for Jessica in Interscope’s line up.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Does 19 know how to market any of the Idols?

    There’s a case for answering that with “no.” The theory behind Idol, at least once it picked up steam with S2, was that fans from the TV show would buy the music, and fame from those sales would cause the rest of the world to rush to pay attention to the winner.

    If “management” consists of shouting “yes” and “no” into the phone in response to invitations, that’s a lot less work than trying to build a whole career strategy and pursue it.

    As long as the standard promo package is aimed at an HAC career (and maybe country), 19 does okay, but I’m not sure they know other niches even exist.

  • Mateja Praznik

    Well, way back in season 3 era Clive Davis did a fine job with Fantasia and later with Jennifer Hudson (once she won her Oscar). That is, establish them as Urban AC singers.
    After season 3, Idol produced mostly country and pop/rock (HAC) acts. The exception was Jordin Sparks, who was pop/RnB and her music was pushed to CHR and Rhythmic. Jive did a good job with her her first era. She did leave 19M after her first year, so they didn’t have to deal with her long.

    Jessica Sanchez (S11) is the next high placing RnB/Urban contestant, but she was quickly “de-urbanised” by the show. Before she was voted off 7th she at least did some mildly urban stuff, but after that she sang “competition songs” (mostly old, overdone AC ballads) to make it as far as possible. Basically, they killed all the swagger.

    Candice Glover is another Urban AC type (Fantasia, JHud sphere), but sadly she is with Interscope, so no Clive Davis for her.

    19 knows what to do with country and pop/rock, WGWG contestants. Not so much Urban/Urban AC contestants. It’s been years since they had Fantasia. I don’t think she stayed long with them, she soon moved to more suitable managers.

  • standtotheright

    Eh, I’ve seen more eye makeup in most Pinterest pins.
    I’ll admit that the contouring looked harsh in certain angles but when the camera pulled back just it looked like prominent cheekbones, which is the point for a big stage performance.

  • bridgette12

    Unfortunately for her, they obviously had close up shots. There are good makeup artist out there that know how to make you look good whether it’s a closeup shot or far off. She’s looking like she’s about to do a drag show. Not one of her better looks, but then again, the few shows she’s been on, she has looked twenty years, makeup piled on thick, just like Lauren do. There is nothing wrong with looking youthful, fresh and dressing age appropriate.

  • elliegrll

    It’s funny that a lot of the names that you mention no longer have a record contract. So much for being popular among AI’s demo.

  • bridgette12

    But that can be said for some of the winners also.

  • standtotheright

    Unless the sponsors of the event ask/style for a formal, more pageanty look instead. Which seems plausible here.

  • alar borja

    Jessica will have another Single to be released per Brian Byrne ( Lead Me Home composer ) :Brian Byrne Composer
    ?@brianbyrnemusic
    @JessicaESanchez duet on #heartbeatofhome sounds fantastic. Will be released in Feb 2014. Other artist info soon!

  • iani

    It’s also Interscope’s fault that her A&R gave her a single that was two years out of date, musically. Sanchez wasn’t a 20-something with
    years of indie experience, boasting to the press about how much creative control she’d had. She was a 17-year-old girl who was going to sing what she was told.

    I remember some discussions here a while ago about Pia’s song, Skyscraper I think, being taken by Demi Lovato and getting it to the level of hit. I don’t think that song from Pia would have done something through the radio-waves to a moderate level because in MO something is missing from her style of performing, the edginess, the “it” in the intonation, key-words articulations…I feel the same with Jessica, the “it” is missing even for the audio no only from the visual contest. Career control or not the result would have been the same I think.

  • bridgette12

    Big difference between looking like your in a pageant and looking like your working at a drag club

  • Mateja Praznik

    It was “Heart Attack”. BTW, that “edginess” that you miss from Jessica, can be quickly fixed. The singer just needs a vocal producer in the studio while recording the song. Vocal producer coaches the singer how to sing the song to deliver. I wouldn’t be surprised if Demi had a vocal producer in the studio with her.

    I listened to Jessica’s album and the problem is in the material. Clearly Interscope didn’t invest in her enough to have a chance.

  • girlygirl

    Is this duet on her album? If not, Interscope may not have anything to do with this release.

  • Mateja Praznik

    It’s a song released on “Songs for the Philippines” compilation. That’s a charity release. It’s a ballad and not a song suitable for radio, so it won’t do a thing.

  • iani

    BTW, that “edginess” that you miss from Jessica, can be quickly fixed. The singer just needs a vocal producer in the studio while recording the song. Vocal producer coaches the singer how to sing the song to deliver.

    I don’t know, maybe, but I know Jessica is preparing her singing-voice since she was 7, so she has been in touch with “professionals” pretty early on and it is many times proved that the “it” in performance-styles is not always something gotten from somebody else but rather something you’re born with.

    “Google “vocal producer” if you don’t know what kind of a job that is.”

    Thanks!

    Rihanna. She is a superstar and definitely not a newbie. Her vocal tone is unique, but it’s vocal producer that instructs her how to use her voice to deliver the song for the maximum impact

    Rihanna was born naturally unique from start to finish, the vocal producers could never polish her if she would not have been “something” to polish.

  • Blueknight24

    Jessica will be releasing new single this year, Hope she will make more music and become big.

  • Anny_nanny

    We do not know anything that happened in the offices.
    Jessica has parents that affect her career. Straight after the show, her fans said that she had have a team that works with her from early childhood. She released the singles before she came on the show. That she has people she is going to produce clothing and perfume – for me was utter nonsense, because I understand when super-star produces perfume for fans, but not when this does unknown teenager.
    And we don’t know how all these people imagine her career.

    But when last year before the release of the single, she moved to the Philippines and fans shouted loudly as many concerts she was doing there, for me it was all just about money.
    I understand the artist should earn. But at this time her multitude of environment should ensure that Jessica received a radio tour to promote her single and album. And that she will be performing in all shopping centers, that agreed to give her a stage, because of her peers should have known of its existence, and that she also released the single.
    The Philippines will not depart until you’re working to promote my music in the United States.

  • Blueknight24

    Who knows, Zedd album from interscope released an album and after a year that’s the time his single ‘clarity’ went popular and boom! More than a million copies were sold. :)

  • Mateja Praznik

    Google “vocal producer” if you don’t know what kind of a job that is. It’s not the same as “vocal coach”. Vocal coaches work with singers and teach how to sing from a technical standpoint. “Vocal producers” work with singers in the studio while they record and instruct singers how to deliver the song. Sometimes the songwriter that wrote the song does this, sometimes the producer. Sometimes it’s some X vocal producer. So the vocal producers gets in the picture when a specific song needs to be recorded, not when a young singer is learning how to sing. So there would be no reason for Jessica to be in touch with a vocal producer before recording her debut album.

    Even the biggest stars work with vocal producers. For example, Rihanna. She is a superstar and definitely not a newbie. Her vocal tone is unique, but it’s vocal producer that instructs her how to use her voice to deliver the song for the maximum impact.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/earshot/stitcher-pop-stars-rihannas-vocal-418697

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/30/arts/music/kuk-harrell-justin-biebers-vocal-producer.html

    Anyway, I still think Jessica’s biggest problem was mediocre material.

  • Blueknight24

    I think its not about that, Interscope still need vocals in there label because they have EDM artists like Zedd, so they still need Jessica. by the way Zedd released a song with Jessica a couple of months ago. :)

  • jayidrocks

    They did quite well with Phillip on AAA.

  • Blueknight24

    “Never had the popularity” I can’t agree with you on this one. Even if she sold less album from those people, it doesn’t mean she’s not popular right? I remember while watching xfactor this season and one contestant look like her, people still tweeting about Jessica. So meaning people know her even until now. :)

  • Anny_nanny

    I understand what you mean, but sometimes corpse is just a corpse. And it is impossible to revive any spells. Ask Melanie and we can come back to this issue when Sam will release her album.
    Jessica has a great voice, but do not try to sell dance music, if your movement on the stage – two steps to the left and two steps back. Jessica received a teachers dancing and acting skills (she talked about it), but her performance at the AI looked bad, and her role on Glee was reduced to a minimum to “came on the stage and sang”.

  • Anny_nanny

    If all of these people live in the Philippines, it means nothing on the territory of the US.

  • Mateja Praznik

    What’s wrong with Jessica not dancing on AI? I mean, that’s what she was supposed to do, right? Everyone here hates when X Factor contestants get the big production numbers with dancing, etc, so Jessica just singing and not dancing on AI should be just fine?
    Also, American Idol contestants don’t dance during the competition, so why should Jessica do it?

    As far as Jessica’s interpretation skills go, she is no worse than pop, RnB and AC American Idol finalists before her. She can interpret the songs in her own way pretty well. She did a fine job on the songs she was given.
    Anyway, Jessica didn’t even have good material to record, so even real vocal producer wouldn’t change a thing. Sometimes corpse is just a corpse. Yeah, sometimes a mediocre song is just a mediocre song.

    She and Joshua were the best of season 11, so if that is not good enough, I don’t know what is.

    I really don’t get the comparison to Sam Bailey. She is a cruise ship singer, way past the age to make it in the music business.

    Glee is a scripted show and if the script required Jessica just to come and stage and sing, I don’t see how that reflects bad on her. She did what they told her to do.

  • Anny_nanny

    1. I’m talking about her performance of “Tonight”. After the AI-tour, Jessica received a teachers that would teach her to move on the stage. If you think that her performance (I am only talking about the movement) was on the same level with Ne-Yo, I have nothing to discuss with you.
    2. Fantasia & Joshua will never be my “cup of tea”, but their ability to interpret a song for Jessica – like for a fish is the Moon.
    3. I don’t want to be on the cruise ship, on which you want to send Sam, but it’s your opinion that any singers can get a good record if experienced vocal producer helps them.
    4. Initially it was announced that Jessica will receive not just a song on Glee, but a full role during two episodes. I don’t think her mgmt and 19 allowed to reduce the role of up to two songs, unless the result is really not proved to be disastrous.

  • standtotheright

    One of my friends has been on the pageant circuit. The difference is often not that large.

  • bridgette12

    One big difference, they try to make the pageant girls look classy.

  • shell29

    Jessica has time to figure things out. She’s only 18-she’s still young. What’s she’s doing now might not seem like a lot to some folks, but I think she’s doing more than just singing the National Anthem. Things aren’t as dire for Jessica as they may seem to some.

  • jobeob987

    Honestly, I don’t see Jessica behaving any differently on stage now than she did when she was on Idol. She always had this older persona so if it was an act, she’s had it for a very long time (probably as a result of copying older singers when she was a small child). I remember when she sang her first single on one of the result shows with a rapper (cannot remember his name) and she came off as very confident/almost cocky. My point is that I’ve never seen her any other way so this seems pretty natural to me and not made up.

  • shell29

    If the first single wasn’t working, they could have (and should have) moved on quickly and tried something else. They didn’t even bother to try so for that reason I DO fault Interscope. I also fault them for waiting so late to release her first single-that should have been done well before the album dropped. With no radio presence to speak of her album didn’t stand a chance; it was destined to flop.

    If they had made the attempt to try another single and it failed to gain traction, then as a fan I would’ve been disappointed but OK with it. Even with the best efforts of the label sometimes singles and albums just don’t catch on and they fail. In my opinion the effort on Interscope’s part was minimal at best. I agree with the your last comment-it does seem like her management had no clue how to market Jessica to Urban formats (if they even tried).

  • Mason

    Where are the “millions” of fans who voted for her on Idol, why don’t they buy her album? Surely they know she has an album out months ago

  • alar borja

    ” Lead Me Home ” IS a Charity Single and is available in ITunes alone or with “Songs for the Philippines ” Jessica has donated all proceeds to the Red Cross.

  • alar borja

    This is a different album with the Producers of ” Hearbeat of Home ” . The show opens this January 2014 in Toronto & East.. will be in Chicago in March. Here’s a trailer :
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqykEzDwRCo

  • alar borja

    and .. didn’t ” Clarity ” take off after Jessica sang it in “GLEE ” ?

  • Jingle Jam

    I think you’re right. She probably just needs to act more like her age and let herself loose on stage and in interviews so that other people can relate to her some more.

  • alar borja

    Jessica mentioned she ” could not ” be singing CLARITY so instead only ” WINGS ” from GLEE. Just posting the Rehearsal vid ( the actual vid is also in the uploader’s Channel :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHtsgSkmXII

  • alar borja

    I think someone was trying to post this vid in mj’s Timeline and mj said ” post in comments ” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdxHFtQEoIo

  • Kaylo17

    This was my favorite song she covered that night. She sounded phenomenal

  • Tinawina

    Of all the criticisms of Jessica, this is the one that never makes any sense to me. How is she not “really” urban/pop? That’s all she was doing before Idol, that’s all she’s really done since. She had a YouTube channel where she sang soul & R&B songs that had a good sized following, she even did duets with other popular R&B YouTube types. It’s clearly the style she’s most influenced by. It’s not like it’s unusual for Filipinos, especially ones in California, to like hip-hop or sing R&B. So what about Jessica is “not authentic”? How is that not who she is? It’s so weird.

    Now has she figured out her own distinctive style within R&B/hip hop/soul? Not yet. But is she “not really” R&B soul? Of course she is IMO.

  • tomr

    Just doesn’t do it for me. Appears too “mousey.” Not likeable.

  • Kaylo17

    THIS

  • bridgette12

    Trying to be and actually being is two different things. Anyone can do all the youtube videos they want but being able to make a living at it and people in the industry accepting you as a part of that community don’t happen just by you saying you are. She’s invisible in the US and if it wasn’t for the Philippines she would be back to where she was before she went on Idol, being homeschooled. This girl has sold less than nothing and has made zero impact in the hip hop/R&B/soul field. If no one knows you exist and your music hasn’t been played, plus if she don’t know what sort of artist she’s trying be, claiming her self to be anything is like blowing in the wind, futile and a waste of time.

  • Tinawina

    But that doesn’t make sense! There are many unknown urban artists… are they not “really” urban artists because they haven’t blown up yet? You are not “authentic” unless you sell lots of records? So if your first record deal doesn’t work out then you don’t know who you are? Every Idol who has had a record flop didn’t know who they were? Didn’t Katy Perry lose more than one record deal? Was she not “really” pop/rock? And when was Jessica actually marketed to urban stations anyway? Wasn’t she a solid part of the unsigned R&B community before Idol? I don’t recall her being rejected by others like her.. in fact she was one of the more popular ones.

    What does being home schooled have to do with anything anyway? She used to go to school but eventually was home schooled because like a lot of performing kids who have gotten some noteriety, she was getting bullied in school. So?

    The girl’s heart is clearly in R&B/soul/etc. Yes she needs to continue to grow and figure out her niche in the field. But so did a lot of other people at 18. That didn’t make them “not authentic” at that time.

  • Kaylo17

    The arguments you make are so ridiculous, it’s even difficult to come up with a sensible reply. Lmao. Do you even listen to yourself??

  • bridgette12

    But yet you made the effort to reply. If it’s ridiculous, don’t read it.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    They did quite well with Phillip on AAA.

    Promoting to radio is the label’s job, not 19′s, so I don’t credit 19 with P2 having his AAA hits.

  • Darko_5

    One would have to read something to know if it is ridiculous I am pretty sure.

  • bridgette12

    The girl wants to be R&B/soul/etc, but in my opinion, she’s not. But for all I have seen she seems fake. As far as her being a solid part of the unsigned R&B community, I wouldn’t have a clue. I had no idea how people keep up with that or if it’s even possible. Do these people just sing R&B songs for youtube and they are considered a R&B artist waiting to be signed. As for what’s in this girl’s heart, it’s nice to have dream. Like you said she’s only18 and she still needs to grow up. Maybe she will keep trying to break into urban community or maybe she will realize that she need to do something. But right now, it’s not looking too good.

  • Kaylo17

    It’s enjoyable seeing Tinawina’s witty replies to your ‘logic’.

  • bridgette12

    Glad you see the logic.

  • JB_Kaneohe

    The area Jessica grew up in was heavily urban and hip-hop influenced. I think it is pretty normal for singers to stay in the style of their early influences.

  • Karen C

    Just because someone was a cruise ship singer doesn’t mean they can’t have a music career. Just from Idol, both Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert were cruise ship singers before they were on the show.

    It depends on how they are presented afterwards, and actually how they presented themselves on the show.

  • bridgette12

    Jessica seems to fall into a small minority of Idols who decide they want to be something that they can’t quite pull off. It’s like Danny going country or Durbin becoming a metal singer, nice dreams, but don’t quite have what it takes to achieve their goal. There’s no shame in altering your dreams to something more realistic and attainable.

  • Karen C

    I think she’s clueless about who she is and this hasn’t changed since she was on Idol, where she became what they wanted her to be.

    I think this is the problem. She doesn’t know herself well enough as an artist yet, and this was especially true on Idol. Even if she leans towards a certain genre, she hasn’t really made herself to be a unique artist.

  • Tinawina

    She was just like all the other struggling artists on YouTube today. They do covers and original material. They promote and try to get followers. They do local shows and post the videos. Just like in every other genre, only some people manage to find a following using those methods. Jessica had a large following. Before her season started, there was a spoiler thread posted about Jessica just like the ones up now. It had her videos. We all talked about how she was swaggerific, and how that probably wouldn’t play well with the idol audience. When she finally appeared on air, there were reactions on Twitter like “I didn’t know Jessica Sanchez was going to be on Idol this year!”. That made me go to the actual channel and look. That’s when I saw she had a lot of followers. People like her show up on The Voice every year as “You Tube Sensation so and so”. She was so popular that when sucessful You Tube acts did one of those “we are the world” type videos to raise money for (I think it was) the Indonesian tidal wave, Jessica was one of the people asked to participate. This was PRE-Idol.

    She was not rejected by R&B fans pre-idol.

    To me she is no different than Alllson Iraheta. The girl is a rocker. She sing the right kind of rock for her major label debut? Probably not. Should she never sing rock again? Of course not. She’s a rocker. She needs to figure out what fits her best. Jessica is a soul singer. Will she ever figure out her niche in R&B and become famous? Perhaps. Or perhaps not. But she’s still a soul singer.

  • JB_Kaneohe

    I thought she did alter it. Her first album was mostly pop music, not R&B/Soul.

  • justmefornow

    Don’t know anything about Danny, but Durbin WAS actually a metal singer pre and post Idol.There are TONS of video on Youtube to prove this, lol.

  • Tinawina

    I know right? How is Durbin not really metal? That’s all he ever wanted to be.

  • Karen C

    Unless she has her own distinctive style, she probably won’t be successful in the music industry. Maybe she has potential, and maybe she needs a development deal to help figure this out.

  • bridgette12

    I just don’t think she’s had the chance to grow up and learn how to do anything when it comes to performing that she’s not copying from some other artist.

  • Tinawina

    This I agree with. She needs to figure out her niche. No arguments from me there.

  • justmefornow

    Even though this new album seems like it will be less heavy, he apparently has just covertly hired a metal drummer to tour with him. Gotta love it :)

  • bridgette12

    Jessica is just like Allison in one respect, both very young and didn’t have a grasp on who they are as people and artist while on the show and it continued afterwards because their inability to connect with the audience..

  • Karen C

    Didn’t Katy Perry lose more than one record deal? Was she not “really” pop/rock?

    Katy Perry knew herself enough as an artist to specifically know what she wanted to do, though. Some of the labels she was going to be on didn’t get what she was trying to do. Because she was so unique once she found the right label she really blew up.

    I’m not sure if Jessica has that kind of uniqueness yet. maybe it will come with time or experience.

  • Karen C

    Right. I think she needed more experience before going on Idol even.

  • bridgette12

    What is he doing now? He’s not singing metal and possibly there’s a reason why his label decided he needed to change direction. Authenticity matters and being able to make a living matters the most. Durbin and his label made a smart choice to change directions.

  • justmefornow

    The WHOLE label actually changed direction, But that’s another story, OT, and not about Jessica so I’ll end it here.

  • bridgette12

    I think dropping the age limit was a mistake, you get a lot of kids who are talented, but need some time to develop.

  • bridgette12

    Oh I agree, it would be a waste of time.

  • Karen C

    I agree. And I also think while the mentoring with Jimmy Iovine and crew helped the younger ones, it didn’t let them develop as much, or show what they can do themselves, which didn’t help them after the show.

  • Tinawina

    Well to be honest, both Destiny Child and Rihanna had super generic singles at their first hits. Actually, that could be said of about a dozen people who hit the scene young. When they went into the studio to record their follow up albums, THAT’S when they were paired with production team who would help them flesh out a more distinctive identity. That’s probably the kind of thing Jessica needed coming off idol IMO. She has a fantastic voice and can do just about anything with it, she has the confidence and is not afraid to wear sexy outfits LOL, but she has to figure out what would make her sonically different from the rest of the market. Hopefully she will get there because she’s quite talented and ambitious.

  • bridgette12

    I think Jimmy and his crew were helpful, but they didn’t give the contestants enough leeway to express their opinions about what they wanted to do.

  • Karen C

    That works for some artists, but there are some that have a unique idea about themselves, and I think Katy Perry is one of them. I think what also makes the difference is Katy Perry was writing and co-writing her own songs.

  • Karen C

    I agree, and this was even true for those that did have an opinion about what they wanted to do.

  • roarpen

    Didn’t Katy Perry try to be a Christian artist at the beginning of her career? As I recall, she lost her contract with some Christian label. I could be wrong – I don’t follow her closely.

  • bridgette12

    Jimmy could be a bit of a bully, especially when he thought he was right.

  • Anny_nanny

    What experience do you speak?
    She was 18, and the greater part of her life she spent at the show and taped home video for youtube. All that she had heard or read it was a experts opinion, as Simon, loving parents or spectators on YT, who believe that the ideal is a copy of the original. If she at least consistently acted at school, church or next a mall, she would have had the experience that the audience are different and that she should be able to keep the audience.
    I remember reading about a little X-tina – her mother and grandmom took her to all the concerts, where the child could be sing, on the all home or religious holidays. Yes, peers hated her, but when she came to MMClub, she had the experience of performing in front of an audience. But now we have youtube and children have ceased to go out of the house, they don’t need it, everybody have iPod and iPhone.

  • JB_Kaneohe

    Jessica had a lot of experience performing in front of audiences pre-idol.

  • Tinawina

    Huh? Jessica was 15 when she auditioned for Idol and 16 when she was on the show. I think she turned 17 on the tour? She had plenty of stage performances pre-Idol, even singing original material.

    To me this was the problem with Iovine: She knew she wanted to be R&B/hiphop crossover, but her R&B tastes got her voted off. it is quite possible that the older, very powerful, successful, opinionated and strong-willed Jimmy Iovine telling her to sing “competition songs” influenced her to do just that. If she was a little older and more experienced, she might have pushed back. But she was 16 and she did what the man who she thought knew more than her said. I mean, it did get her to second place but those last 2 weeks she sang “competition songs” instead of the type of songs she wanted to release and it confused the audience IMO.

  • shell29

    ITA. As an R&B fan I’m convinced that Jessica (while still a young performer with lots of room to grow) is the real deal. In my opinion she doesn’t need to worry about convincing the folks who have already written her off. I see a lot of similarities with how things played out for Jessica and Allison with their post Idol debuts. I thought Allison’s debut album was pretty decent but it seemed like the label gave up on her when her first single went nowhere. I’m happy to see that Allison ultimately didn’t give up on herself or her aspirations after losing her record deal.

  • Anny_nanny

    1. I don’t care what Jessica sings. It can be an R&B/hiphop, she can sing opera – what she wants and what she sees fit. I do not discuss here, what style she should sing. This is another topic. I say only that she needs to have more experience. And while she does not get it, nothing is changed – it is still another girl singing into a her hairbrush on YT.

    2. Did I believe that Jessica “real” R&B/hiphop/soul singer? No doubt, but so far I only listen, but don’t see.

    3. I’m not sure that is Jimmy engaged in the development of artists and that he has such experience. All I know about him – he always has worked with artists that they know perfectly who they are. Lennon, Springsteen, Eminem, Gaga – I doubt that some of them need help for self-identification as artists. And they are all in a state to fight back, if Jimmy try their crush.
    His tips and experience as a producer is it, that valuable and important. But I did hear about one R&B-artist, with whom personally Jimmy would have worked, and I will be happy if you share information.

    4. Yes, Jimmy gives the impression of quite authoritarian person, and I don’t think that Jessica can resist his authority. For this she must have someone at her side. I hope that there are such people, but I don’t see the consequences of their actions.

  • Anny_nanny

    Mateja says about the diagnosis, not kind of occupation, if you know what I mean.

  • Karen C

    She did, but afterwards she wanted to be more pop – rock.

  • standtotheright

    Perry has built her career, but it’s largely because she agreed to tailor her style to fit the Dr. Luke (or Stargate, or “big producer here”) pop song playbook. She is clearly able to cowrite catchy singles within those frameworks, but she’s not exactly the artist I would pick to support the idea that successful artists have unique ideas about their public personas.

  • standtotheright

    AI viewers (and honestly, most meda audiences in general) tend to fall into two categories: Core fans who follow the artist on Twitter, connect with other fans, and stay aware of major goings-on with the artist. The larger group of potential fans is used to the hit model of music and only becomes aware of artists releasing material if the singles blow up, the songs get placement in other media, the acts open for other popular artists and build touring awareness, or most likely, all three.

    Winners can sometimes get by with moderately-performing singles that first year off the win because of the other promotional opportunities that come with the title. The time in which runners-up would get similar levels of promotion has passed. So they have to rely on radio play. And if they don’t get it….

    So no, most of the people who voted for her on AI almost surely *don’t* know that the album is out and never will.

  • Karen C

    She did lose a high profile label deal because she had her own ideas about persona and music, so I don’t think she just did what the producers told her. She had definite ideas and found a label and producer that fit her ideas.

  • Mason

    Oh the fact that she performed her single Tonight from her album on Idol watched by a few million Idol fans, many of whom I imagine voted for her earlier, it is fair to assume those people knew about the existence of the album. I guess those people are just not interested to pick it up. Maybe they were shocked seeing her prancing on stage singing about alien dudes with money to spend as opposed to a sugarly ballad with her voice going into stratosphere!

  • standtotheright

    Artists (not even just alumni) go on AI to perform “promo singles” all. the. time. It doesn’t follow that people connected that with an album, especially since the single had almost no radio play to speak of.

    Casual music listeners need to hear songs multiple times, generally, before clicking the “buy” button. Which is why label and management teams try to reinforce radio play with promotional appearances, and vice versa.

    Sanchez didn’t have that. As far as most people knew, she was singing a promo single that might, eventually, be on an album. But without the media push to make people aware of it, whether she had a back-beat or ballad strings wouldn’t have made much difference.

  • Neww Day

    WOW very impressive! I prefer her vocals in this song than Katy (LIVE). She sang it better IMO. If I have that talent I would give it to the world for free at first or to charity. That way everyone knows you have an amazing talent. Then when opportunity comes (good song material, etc), rewards will be great as well :)