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Written by Bobby Reyes   
Monday, 28 May 2012 08:07
As posted in the Facebook: By Hector Santos I finally got to see and hear Jessica Sanchez sing and it was on public television, of all places. She was on last night's annual Memorial Day Concert in Washington, D.C. For her to get on that prime venue for new singers (Jane Monheit about a decade ago comes to mind) means she has an outstanding agent. And the timing was perfect -- less than a week after the American Idol finals. She opened the show with, naturally, The Star-Spangled Banner. I'm glad she sang it with the restraint and reverence it deserves. She did not take advantage of the song to show off her vocal prowess like how a Whitney Houston or a Jennifer Hudson would have done. In the middle of the show, she sang The Prayer. Again, she did it in a subdued and reverential manner. It helped that the number wasn't a duet like it's usually done. Two singers often end up trying to outdo each other. Also not bilingual this time. The switch between English and Italian throughout the song has grown old and stale for me. Finally, she closed the show with God Bless America. As the other performers came and joined her towards the end, the director kept the focus on her voice, not raising the volume on the feed from the other microphones. All in all, it was a great showcase for her as a singer. She probably was seen by more people who matter from this exposure than in her American Idol performances. I hadn't seen any of the American Idol shows this year but it seemed to me that if had sung this way during the contest, she wouldn't have made it to the finals. The judges and the public go for over-the-top styles as everyone knows. I'm glad people in the Philippines supported her although I found their support ironic. A singer who looks like her (not mestiza) would find it hard to sing on television in the Philippines. Editor's Note: Ka Hector Santos is a cofounder and chairman of the Philippine History Group of Los Angeles (California). Some of his article about Philippine history have been reprinted in this website. For more article from Ka Hector, pls visit

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