“I think America made the right choice,” said Jessica Sanchez about being defeated by Phillip Phillips in the recently concluded American Idol Season 11.
The half-Mexican, half-Pinay Idol hopeful finished second during its finale yesterday, May 24, but she never felt disappointed about the result.
In an interview with Adam Vary of Entertainment Weekly after the finale, which was posted on its website yesterday, she praised Phillip for giving his best throughout the competition especially during their face off last Tuesday night (American time).
She said, “Not that I don’t think I’m not good, but he’s worked hard for it.
“You know, he’s really, really put his heart and soul into it, and he’s pushed through all the health issues, and he’s done it.
“He did it. I’m so happy for him.”
When asked how she was feeling after the finale, the 16-year-old Idol contestant replied, “I’m feeling good. I’m so happy for Phillip and I’m so glad that it’s over. He’s happy that it’s over. It’s great. I’m excited.”
Jessica showed no bitterness at all about not getting the title.
She explained, “You know, we all really wanted to win, but it was never expected. So, we just worked hard, tried our best, and sing our hearts out.”
Prior to the announcement, Jessica and Phillip performed a song that would be their first single in case they win the competition.
Unfortunately, Jessica’s “Change Nothing” was not able to impress the American Idol judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, and Randy Jackson.
The Idol runner-up also admitted to the show host Ryan Seacrest that the song did not really showcase her talent as a singer.
“That’s definitely not me,” Jessica told Entertainment Weekly.
“I mean, I wanted to get into pop and stuff but not that much, just a sprinkle of it. [Laughs]. I’m more like an urban/R&B kind of singer.”
Did she think it had an effect on the votes?