Jessica Sanchez returns to 'Idol' stage

By Reyma Buan-Deveza, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Mar 22 2013 12:38 PM | Updated as of Mar 22 2013 08:46 PM

Jessica Sanchez.

MANILA, Philippines - Filipino-American singer Jessica Sanchez returned to the "American Idol" stage on Friday (Manila time) to perform a single from her debut album.

Sanchez, who finished first runner up in the eleventh season of "Idol," sang "Tonight" featuring Neyo.

Before her performance, Sanchez said in a taped message how the singing competition changed her life.

"'Idol' really changed my life completely. Some amazing things happened. I went on 'Idol' tour, I'd been doing crazy photo shoots, I have huge big billboards the size of buildings. I performed for the Democratic National Convention, I'd been doing a couple of magazine [covers]. I actually did 17 magazines, I had a two-pager, it's great modelling, it's fun," she said.

Sanchez also proudly shared her recent visit to the Philippines, where she held her first solo concert.

"Recently I went to Manila and I have a special connection to the Philippines because that's where my mom's from. I had my first solo concert and it was sold out. Walking out on that stage, it was just amazing to sing and they're just screaming and cheering. They're very proud that I have Filipino blood and I'm very proud to represent them.

"So, I mean, just to go over there and meet [them] like they're family instantly means a lot to me. Every single moment of my concert is so special to me I can't wait to do another one," she said.

Aside from her debut album, Sanchez is also excited for her guest appearance on the hit US musical show "Glee."

"I'm also gonna be appearing on 'Glee' which is a big stepping stone for me. I can't wait for me to be in front of the camera and pretend to be somebody else, it's gonna be fun," she said.

After performing "Tonight" on the "Idol" stage, Sanchez received a standing ovation from show's judges.

According to the show's host, Ryan Seacrest, Sanchez' debut album titled "Me, You and the Music" is open for pre-order starting March 21 (US time).