Young Fil-Am singer makes it to AI ‘Final 13’

Young Fil-Am singer makes it to AI ‘Final 13’

Jessica Sanchez has just made it to the top 13 of the “American Idol.”

Jessica, 16, a petite belter and powerhouse singer with Filipino-Mexican-American roots, was born in San Diego, California. Her maternal grandparents are both Filipinos. Her mom, Editha, is from Bataan while her dad, Gilbert, a Mexican-American, originally hailed from Texas.

Jessica sang Jennifer Hudson’s “Love You I Do” during the semi-finals, which earned for her a standing ovation among judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, and a spot in the top 13.

The other finalists include Phillip Phillips, Heejun Han, Skylar Laine, Hollie Cavanaugh, Colton Dixon, Jermaine Jones, Joshua Ledet, Shannon Magrane, Elise Testone, Deandre Brackensick, Jeremy Rosado, and Erika Van Pelt.

Jessica, first joined “America’s Got Talent” when she was only 11 years old. Five years later, she is now a finalist in “American Idol” Season 11.

She likes the singing style of Sarah Geronimo among Filipino singers. She also revealed that the only Tagalog word she knows is ‘Mahal kita!’” She has not been to the Philippines yet.

Jessica is currently a high school student and hopes that she would be able to help the family and her mom.