It’s pay back time for the “American Idol” hopeful. This Saturday (Sunday in the Philippines), she will pay homage to her fans in her hometown in Chula Vista, San Diego, California and thank them for their undying support.
Today, the 16-year-old San Diego “baby” was able to grab a spot in the reality singing competition’s highly regarded top three with Phillip Phillips and Joshua Ledet.
Having the top three contestants visit their respective hometowns — for some, their birthplaces — has been an “Idol” tradition, which has sent both the singer and the fans shedding tears of happiness.
Sanchez is the second “Idol” finalist who hails from San Diego, California. The other is Adam Lambert, first runner-up to Kris Allen in the show’s eighth season.
“Her amazing talent and accomplishments are deserving of this grand celebration. We are so proud of her,” she added.
What else but a celebration will welcome Sanchez as she sets foot in Chula Vista. The celebration will feature a procession, a rally, and a mini-concert which will be documented by “Idol” and will air next week, the report said.
Sanchez will be brought back to her childhood memories as she rides in a short procession with the Eastlake High School Marching Band and Color Band which will run from southbound on Eastlake Parkway from Otay Lakes Road to Clubhouse Drive onto the school campus.
The mini-concert will be held at the high school’s football stadium. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis so guests are advised to come as early as the gates open at 9 a.m. Sanchez will perform at 11:30 a.m.
Jessica, look at your fans
Sanchez’s followers on Twitter have peaked to 305,682 as of posting time today. Among the top three contenders, she got the most number of followers.
In a very short tweet, Sanchez (@JSanchezAI11) thanked her fans who voted her in, saying: “Thank you guys so much! Its an honor to be in the Top 3!”
“As evidenced by the current mayoral race, San Diego is a city whose residents possess the full spectrum of political opinions,” Sanders said. “Jessica Sanchez is far and away the best performer on this season’s ‘American Idol.’ I encourage all San Diegans to give her the support she deserves.”
The votes all paid off. Sanchez is now one step closer to the “Idol” crown.
When she gets back home, it is time for her to see how much the fans in Chula Vista have gone ga-ga over her.
Sanchez was born in Chula Vista to parents Gilbert and Editha Sanchez. Her father is a Mexican-American and a U.S. Navy veteran who fought in the Iraq War. Her mother traces her roots from Bataan.
She studied in middle school in Eastlake Middle School, located near the venue of her mini-concert.
She has been singing since she was two, appearing on TV shows “America’s Got Talent” and “Showtime at the Apollo.”
“When she came in you would have never have known that she was this amazing singer,” Academia told Fox. “She stayed in the background.”
Located just seven miles from downtown San Diego, Chula Vista lives up to its name in Spanish: “beautiful view.”
According the GMA News Online managing editor Yasmin Arquiza who lived in Chula Vista in 1995, it is small, quiet, sub-urban city located near the Mexico border. She said most of its residents in Chula Vista are Mexicans.
Chula Vista is designated as the sister city of Cebu City by Sisters Cities International, a non-profit group that promotes partnership between the US and international communities.
As the second largest city in San Diego County, Chula Vista has quickly become a special destination for tourists. One of the nation’s few year-round U.S. Olympic Training centers is located in the city, the website said.
White persons – 53.7 percent
Black persons – 4.6 percent
American Indian or Alaska Native persons – 0.8 percent
Asian persons – 14.4 percent
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific islander – 0.6 percent
Persons with two or more races – 5.8 percent
Persons of Hispanic origin – 58.2 percent
White persons not Hispanic – 20.4 percent
Apart from Sanchez, Chula Vista is also home for renowned celebrities and athletes.
Among the stars are “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actress Charisma Carpenter, TV host Mario Lopez, musician Matthew Cameron, Mexican singer Julieta Percevault, and wrestler Rey Mysterio.