NEW YORK CITY (UPDATE) - American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez once again wowed New Yorkers with her amazing performance at the “Today Show” on NBC in Manhattan Thursday.
The Filipino-American sang three of her most popular idol songs, including her signature take on “And I am Telling You, I’m Not Going.”
Dozens of fans waited for Jessica to come out of the NBC’s talent entrance to have her signature and photos with their idol.
Inno Espiritu, who was visiting New York from Washington, DC said, “I’m so excited! She’s actually my crush right now, I will leave any girl for her, I love her so much.”
“I wish her to be more successful, I know she will!” said Ira Espiritu, also a Washington DC resident.
Sanchez says her life will never be the same after the American the whole American Idol experience.
Jessica says, “It’s changed dramatically, this is not normal coming out to this, and it’s just given me another step to succeeding in my career so… It’s very exciting.”
Hoping to meet PNoy
One of Jessica's biggest fans and supporters is President Aquino who made it known that he wants to meet the Filipina-American rising superstar from Chula Vista, California.
“Well thank you so much for all the support, hopefully I can meet you [Pres. Aquino] soon,” Sanchez said.
With her American Idol success, doors have opened up for her, opportunities that would not have been possible if not for the reality singing contest.
Sanchez says, “Right now I’m just trying to finish this press [events], and then hopefully work on songs on my upcoming album as soon as I can and then tour, which is coming up on July 6… I’m sure that things will start coming in and I’ll have more opportunities so I’m excited for all that.”
President Aquino, meanwhile, said a meeting with Sanchez may take place during his US visit next week.
American Idol in Manila?
The American Idol Tour is fast approaching, and fans here in New York say they can’t wait to see their idol Jessica on tour.
There is no final word yet, but with last year's successful American Idol Tour in the Philippines, Sanchez says it’s possible Idol will stop by the Philippines again this year.
“Kapamilyas out there, please come to the tour if we ever do visit the Philippines, please come out and support, thank you so much,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez says she is thankful for the amazing support she got from her Filipino fans both here and in the Philippines.
“Kapamilya, I love you guys so much, thank you for all your support, hopefully I get to see you guys soon, Muah!” -- With a report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News