Jessica Sanchez: Overhyped and Overrated
That's how we claim Jessica Sanchez.
Jessica Sanchez as what people online say and believe is one of the frontrunners in this season of American Idol. Her performance of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” already gained more than a million views.
Jessica already had previous releases as an independent artist even before Idol. She released cover singles like "Don't Stop the Music" (Rihanna) and “I'd Rather Go Blind” (Etta James) under Spin Move Records. She also collaborated on a few digital singles by other unsigned artists and joined the pack that recorded “We Are the World 25 for Haiti (YouTube edition).” She also joined the first season of America's Got Talent when she was 11.
Overhyped and Overrated
Checked it on various websites and I saw people talk a lot about her. The way Filipinos accept Jessica is annoying. The Philippine media are bombarded with news about her. Only because she’s a Filipino…yeah we claim that she’s Filipino. We’re very serious about it.
We’re too proud. But let me ask, “Is she proud being a Filipino?” We should be hearing that from her as often as we watch her video, buzz about her online and increase her traffic.
We claim a person our pride when he or she becomes successful even with just a little Filipino lineage. Jessica is not a full-blooded Filipino. It’s even unfair for Mexicans when Jessica’s fans claim that she got that talent from the Philippines. You may consider her mother’s statement that in their family, only Jessica sings.
We claim that she’s a great singer without considering that a lot of black people can sing the way she does but are not given much media attention and pride.
When Americans do standing ovation after a certain performance from our fellows, we get too proud without realizing that standing ovation is a very common way of acclamation in the US.
Filipinos are fond of belting. Consider Charice, Sarah Geronimo, Regine Velasquez and a lot others. They sound samey in their songs and that makes them boring and disinteresting. Charice is not even singing that way in her records. She sings RnB to sound cool and trendy. It looks like there is no more market for voices like hers singing ballads.
The overrating and overhype will make Jessica’s songs top the Philippine radio charts and even Myx. She can be overrated like Sarah Geronimo whose songs even the irritating cover of “Bakit Pa Ba?” topped the charts. David Archuleta who is not selling elsewhere and was dropped by Jive Records is overrated in the Philippines too.
It’s sad to know that Cheesa Laureta who is a pure Filipino in The Voice is overshadowed by Jessica. She’s not getting much support and media coverage from the Philippines.
Is she a Filipino?
People who claim that Jessica’s nationality is Filipino may not know what Nationality means.
Let’s talk about three things. Nationality, citizenship and residency.
Nationality. Nationality describes the country where you were born. Jessica was born on August 4, 1995 in Chula Vista, California to Gilbert (Mexican American from Texas) and Editha (Filipino) Sanchez. If we will consider this definition of nationality by wikianswers, then we can’t say that the nationality of Jessica is Filipino. Ehow however added that nationality can be used to define your ancestry. That way we can claim that Jessica is half Filipino considering nationality.
Citizenship. Citizenship is a legal status that can be acquired by being registered in the government of a country. You can be a citizen of a country even if you’re not born there. Jessica Sanchez is an American citizen.
Residency. Residence refers to the country where a person spends much of his time in a year. Jessica Sanchez obviously resides in the US and so far has not been to the Philippines. She said that in the same interview where she said that the only Filipino word that she knows is “Mahal Kita.” It’s a good thing that she eats Filipino food and loves them.
I wish I were not to blame for talking this way about her. She’s overhyped and everyone can talk about her. This is not about her talent. I strongly believe that she's a good singer.
Alright. Let’s count Jessica Sanchez as one of those with Filipino descent who became idol finalists. We had Jasmine Trias (Season 3), Camille Velasco (Season 3), Ramielle Malubay (Season 7) and Thia Megia (Season 10).
I still wish she wins idol. I hope she brings the bacon home. I hope she brings it home to the Philippines.
…..and thanks the Lord for the blessings
In that way I can say that she’s a Filipino.
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