Metro Manila · Jessica "BeBe Chez" Sanchez (* 4 August 1995)
Jessica Sanchez not winning American Idol caused a stir in the Filipino community in the United States and back home in the Philippines when her rendition of The Prayer, I Have Nothing, and Change Nothing did not give her the top spot.
The 17-year-old Sanchez is a California native born to a Filipino mother from Bataan and a Mexican American father. Although raised in the United States, Sanchez claims that she could eat pancit and lumpia –traditional Philippine dishes- everyday because her mother Editha cooks these dishes a lot. Because of her talent and her Filipino blood, the young singer is held close in the hearts of the Filipino community in America and even to those who religiously watch American Idol in the Philippines.