LOS ANGELES – Although Filipinos in the United States are louder in their campaign for contestant Jessica Sanchez to become this season's "American Idol" winner, many Mexican-Americans are also supporting the 16-year-old.
The Mexicans said they also vote multiple times for Sanchez after every performance night.
In the Filipino-American community, Filipinos of all ages support Sanchez.
In the Mexican community, on the other hand, it is the young ones who religiously vote.
“Oh my gosh, we're the biggest fans. We love her. It's great to have someone that can represent from our own culture. It's great," said Brianna Thomas, Mexican supporter of Sanchez.
Sanchez's father is from Mexico, while her mother is a Filipina.
Unlike a Manny Pacquiao boxing match where Filipinos and Mexicans are usually on opposite sides, Sanchez has been able to bridge the gap between the two ethnic groups every time she performs on the “Idol” stage.
Sanchez is currently part of “Idol” Top 4 and is vying for a spot in the Top 3, which will be announced on Thursday (Friday morning in Manila).
Meanwhile, Pacquiao, who is also a Sanchez fan, sent a video message to the young singer to personally convey his wish for her to take home the “Idol” crown.
“To Jessica, good luck. I pray for you and [remember that] nothing is impossible with God,” he told ABS-CBN News.
On Wednesday (Thursday morning in Manila), Sanchez got emotional after receiving her sixth standing ovation from the judges for her performance of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from the musical "Dreamgirls," which showcased her powerful voice and her intent to fight for her spot in the competition.
In her weekly video message, Sanchez asked all of her fans to vote for her so she can make it to the Top 3.
At the Top 3 results show tomorrow, Sanchez will find out if the combined power of her Filipino and Mexican supporters will help get her to the finale. – Report by Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN North America Bureau