|American Idol Season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez. File photo
MANILA, Philippines -- Talk show host Boy Abunda, self-confessed fan of "American Idol" runner-up Jessica Sanchez, admitted that he really felt bad that the young singer didn't win the US talent show.
Abunda, who actively campaigned for Sanchez to win "American Idol," believes that Sanchez is the real winner.
"Alam niyo po sa 'Bandila' ako ay nag-absent dahil sa assignments na aking ginawa ng dalawang araw. Biniro ni Julius Babao at ang sabi niya kung bakit ako nawala ay dahil sa hindi ko kinaya ang pagkatalo (ni Sanchez). Pero totoo po 'yan. I really felt bad. I will really be honest, I'm very disappointed. Hindi naman po disgusted. I'm disappointed that Jessica didn't make it," Abunda said.
After five months of following Sanchez's journey on "Idol," Abunda said he and many Filipinos have learned to love the 16-year-old and it was painful to see that after all the campaigning here and abroad, Sanchez still failed to bag the title.
"Bago pa man nangampanya ang iba ay nangampanya na ang 'The Buzz' dito sa ABS-CBN. Sobra nating naging bahagi ng ating buhay si Jessica Sanchez. Binigay natin sa kanya ang ating pagmamahal at suporta. Siya naman ay binweltahan tayo ng kanyang talento sa pag-awit. We are proud of her," he said.
"The problem is nahirapan ako. I had to deal with it, totoo 'yon. I really felt very bad that she didn't make it dahil sa aking puso ay mas magaling si Jessica. of course, Phillip Phillips was deserving to win the title pero siyempre sa puso mo, kung ikaw ang tatanungin, ang panalo para sa 'yo ay si Jessica Sanchez," he explained.
Despite her loss, Abunda vowed to continue supporting Sanchez, who has said she wants to visit the Philippines.
"Ang aking gagawin bilang isang tagahangang Pinoy ay hindi ko sasayangin ang aking pagmamahal kay Jessica Sanchez. I'm going to support this girl until the very last day I am on this Earth.That's the way we express ourselves as fans," Abunda said.