JESSICA SANCHEZ TALKS ABOUT FUTURE PLANS, SCHOOL

MANILA, JUNE 11, 2012 (ABS-CBN) Itís only been two weeks since she was named the ďAmerican IdolĒ runner-up but Jessica Sanchez has already set her mind on what she wants to achieve after the show.

"American Idol" runner-up Jessica Sanchez In an interview with Rolling Stone last week, the 16-year-old said that the Jessica Sanchez people saw on "Idol" is totally different from who she wants to be as an artist.

ďIím not a pop singer at all and I think thatís why people got confused when I sang my single because it was a straight pop single. I want to show everybody thatís not who I am,Ē she said.

Sanchez said she turns into her alter ego whenever sheís on stage and she wants to be that person when she starts making her albums.

ďI had this thing like an alter ego kind of, who I call BB Chez. It was kind of ridiculous because in the beginning it was just a joke. It was just a name that me and my friend came up with and it became this whole serious thing. People actually thought it was an alter ego and it thatís what it has become,Ē she said.

ďMe and BB, itís definitely two different people. Iím shy and timid and I donít really talk much but when I get on stage Iím more confident in myself,Ē she added.

Sanchez, however, said she does not regret a single thing she did on ďIdolĒ because it was a learning experience for her.

ďMy age doesnít mean anything. Iíve been working hard every since I was little. Iíve been on shows before. Itís all experience and I love it. It got me to this point where I am now so I have no regrets,Ē she said.

Pursue education

Meanwhile, despite her new-found fame, Sanchez said in a separate interview that she is still decided in pursuing her education.

ďIím definitely gonna work on some college stuff as a back up but music is pretty much my No. 1 priority next to family and Iím gonna be working on some songs soon. I canít really say when but soon and Iím excited,Ē she said.

Sanchez, however, revealed that she still doesnít know what school to go to.

ďNot yet because I havenít really thought about anything but it will all come in due time,Ē she said.

Currently, Sanchez is back with her fellow ďIdolĒ contestants as they started rehearsing for their upcoming summer tour.

Sanchez is also set to perform the US national anthem during the Pacquiao-Bradley fight on June 9 (June 10 in Manila).

Jessica wants to visit PH, Mexico ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 05/26/2012 9:07 PM | Updated as of 05/27/2012 11:45 AM

"American Idol" runner-up Jessica Sanchez is both Filipina and Mexican, lest her fans forget.

Following her stint on the world's most popular singing competition, Sanchez has gained an enormous following comprised of Filipinos and Mexicans around the world who take pride in having a shared heritage with the pint-sized singing-sensation.

For the 16-year old, her mixed heritage is something she is proud of, no less and no more than its halves.

Sanchez, whose mother Editha hails from Bataan and whose father is a Mexican raised in Texas, said her upbrining gave equal value to both cultures.

"I'm proud of both of my heritages," she said in an interview with Fox News. "There's never a time when I'm more one than the other. I grew up with both [cultures]."

Asked if she plans to visit the respective homeland of her parents, Sanchez said she hopes a stop in the Philippines and Mexico will be part of the upcoming "Idol" tour.

"I've never been out of the country, so I would love to go. I hope they let me in the tour," she said.

Jessica's plans

While Sanchez is assured of a packed work schedule in the coming months, the Pinay singing pride said she acknowledges the possibility of being a "one-hit wonder."

For this reason, she said she intends to continue her education, in spite of her "Idol" career jumpstart.

"I could be a one hit wonder. I have to have a back-up plan," she said. "[But] I've been running around doing press and getting ready for a few events. I'm just trying to take it one step at a time."

Sanchez, who will perform at PBS National Memorial Day Concert on Sunday (May 27), last Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) finished second in the eleventh season of "American Idol." Singer Phillip Phillips was declared champion after a record-breaking 132 million votes cast.


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