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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Apr 22, 2012

Will Racist Votes Be The Undoing Of Jessica Sanchez In 'American Idol'?

HOPES ARE high that Jessica Sanchez will win “American Idol” this time. If she’d bag it, it’s the first time a Latina-Asian will do so. But this would be very tough since most of the American voters are white and, whether they admit it or not that there’s a race factor to contend with, Jessica’s being ethnic will still be tacitly be against her.

Two weeks ago, she was almost eliminated but the judges took her side and saved her. Jessica should learn to choose songs that will win the viewers over to her side, not self indulgent songs like the one she sang then, “Stuttering”, that’s not familiar to most people. Voting viewers are more entertained by songs whose melodies they already more or less know.

Honestly, though, we think that after 11 years, AI has lost much of its attraction to the viewers, as seen in the dwindling ratings and the emergence of similar shows like “X Factor” and “The Voice”. Let’s face it, these past few years, the careers of those they chose to win didn’t really soar, like Jordin Spark, Kris Allen, David Cook, Lee DeWyze (nobody even remembers him) and even the most recent, Scotty McCreery.

In some cases, those who lost even turn out to be bigger stars like Jennifer Hudson (who even won an Oscar), Adam Lambert and Katherine McPhee. We hope that if and when Jessica manages to surpass the achievement of Jasmine Trias (who became no. 3 in her batch), she won’t end up like these recent winners whose careers remain lackluster up to now.