Jessica Sanchez, 'Idol' finalists arrive in Manila


Posted at Sep 18 2012 07:40 AM | Updated as of Sep 18 2012 10:20 PM

American Idol (AI) runner-up Jessica Sanchez is escorted by private security at the Manila Hotel shortly upon her arrival in Manila on Tuesday. Sanchez, together with other American Idol finalists, will have a concert in the country on Friday as part of the show's concert tour. Photo by Rem Zamora for

MANILA, Philippines – The top 10 finalists of American Idol Season 11, including Filipino-Mexican-American Jessica Sanchez, arrived in Manila early morning Tuesday. 

Sanchez and fellow Idol "alums" arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at around 5:30 a.m. and were greeted by fans who waited as early as midnight.

In a brief interview with the media at the airport, Sanchez thanked her supporters and said she is excited for her concert with fellow Idol finalists at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday, September 21.

"Thank you guys for all the support that I'm getting at this place where I'm at right now. I'm so excited to be in the Philippines. Let's get ready for this," she said.

The Idol finalists are expected to stay in the country for a week, while Sanchez is looking to stay longer for her commitments such as projects and commercial endorsements. – report from Ginger Conejero, ABS-CBN News