One of the “frontrunners” of this season’s American Idol is Jessica Sanchez. Throughout the show, she consistently showed vocal prowess and performance way beyond her years as if she has been performing for 20years. Hence tonight’s elimination results, when Jessica Sanchez almost got eliminated (thanks to judges’ save), was the biggest shock of the season. I know this is not the first time this has happened on American Idol. Jennifer Hudson, Daughtry, and last season’s Pia Toscano are only a few names who faced elimination unexpectedly. Luckily for Jessica, judges had one “save” card at hand.
But what really happened? What are the possible things that have almost caused Jessica’s American Idol journey’s demise? Listed below are my Top5 ideas.
5) American Idol Producer’s Stunt
If you go to American Idol’s Youtube website, you can see that Jessica has the biggest number of views and likes of all the other contestants. “I Will Always Love You” alone has gotten almost 3Million views. So how does this relate to AI producer’s stunt of “eliminating” Jessica? Of course Jessica’s supporters will vote more the next episodes. Then, the non-Jessica supporters will vote for their bet as well threatened by Jessica’s supporters. More votes, more money
This season’s per episode rating is at average 5million lesser than its predecessor. Jessica’s almost elimination trended over twitter worldwide and being discussed in various websites. This hype that the producers might have concocted may bring even the curious non-viewers to watch the next episodes. Not a bad strategy.
4) Underdog Strategy
There has never been a single performance that Jessica received bad comments from the judges. The most mediocre one I think is when she performed “Turn The Beat Around” which is still not a bad comment compared to what others are getting. Definitely, she is not an underdog. From the past seasons of Idol, America tend to vote for the underdogs. The frontrunners are usually left and ignored. This I think is the reason why producers might want to “eliminate” Jessica (of course they also planned to save her). She has the most marketable talent of all the finalist. Producers would want to her as a winner because she surely can bring a lot of money for them.
3) She is “Not” American
Ok. Admit it or not. She is not American-looking. Although she is born in America, she is still of Filipino/Mexican decent competing for American Idol. I’m not sure if America is ready to have an asian looking AI champ
2) Too Much “Pinoy” Pride
I’m a Filipino. But it makes me cringe everytime I see people posting “Pinoy Pride” or “Proud to be Pinoy” eveytime she perfoms. I mean, come on! This is not Manny Pacquiao’s boxing fight! Or Olympics! Or even Miss Universe! For the love of God, this is American Idol! A-M-E-R-I-C-A! Please stop that “Pinoy Pride” thingy. It just alienates most Americans. Can you imagine us having Philippine Idol, and there’s Chinese contestants and then all the Chinese people would say “Proud to be Chinese”? Seriously? Would you vote for that contestant?! This “Pinoy Pride” is too much. It’s alienating. It’s irritating. Just support Jessica. Simple. Keep your pride to yourselves!
1) Complacent Supporters
I think this is the most possible reason why she got the lowest votes. Her supporters became complacent. They were very confident that their idol wouldn’t be eliminated after an extravagant performance. Well, I hope this should serve as a wake-up call. No more “saves”. No more second chances. If you still want to see Jessica singing until Finale, vote for her until the end!
For those of you who missed her “Save Me” song, here’s the YouTube clip.