06-02-2012 11:00 AM
Hi guys! This first post would be long, but here goes:
The last time I watched AI was the season of the two Davids (hmm, can't remember, I think it was Season 7?) and I really liked Cook then, so all's cool when he won. The other seasons onwards just passed by for me...but I think Adam Lambert caught my attention once, thought he would win too, but he didn't, still I never really cared as much.
Then came season 11. I thought, wow, AI's been on for years now, but I never knew this would be any different. Boy, was I wrong.
The first performance I truly and genuinely saw and loved was Jessica Sanchez's sweet dreams. Yeah, I heard of JS before, through twitter, and other social media. People kept talking about her (news, blogs) but I really didn't get the whole reason why.
Then, that top 9 song really caught me and from then on, I started watching AI again, anticipating only one performance week after week - Jessica's. I honestly never cared for anyone else. Sure, I tried watching other's performance, but there's really something about JS that got to me more. I'm not sure if it's her young age, her personality, the hardships she had to endure, her voice or whatnot. What mattered to me was that I like Jessica Sanchez and seeing her perform on the AI stage was a joy every week.
Then the finale came, I hoped and prayed that Jessica would win it all. And when she didn't, I dunno why but I used all my strength to not cry or something. I honestly think I would never get over this season. Adam Lambert called this one right, the one who normally wins, the one who "usually" wins will take the AI crown in the end. Hmm...yeah, her AI songs are there for me to listen to but they just remind me more and more how much JS deserved that win (just my opinion, of course). It's more of a bittersweet feeling, like, you love her performances and the joy you felt whenever you see them, but at the same time, these performances remind you of the fact that in the end, someone else got the crown. I guess what I'm saying is that it just hurts until now, even if It's been a full week since.
I know there'll be no jessica sanchez in the next season, but what I am certain is that this may be the last time I'd get to be too involved in idol. It's a show built for entertainment, after all. I wish AI would just go back to the way it used to be, back to the mindset when instruments were not allowed, back to the days when the voice really mattered more. It just feels sad to watch this season and seeing all the best singers go week after week, and the one who deserved it more (i.e. if AI was seen as a singing competition, which sadly, it just isn't) not win the crown in the end. Perhaps the only consolation I can get is that AI brought more attention to Jess, and that through this, the world will now truly become her stage.
With that said, I am one of the many who anticipates her next journey. Jessica Sanchez caught me during AI, and I don't think I'll ever be untangled from her net (and I honestly don't want to). Now that this season is done and over with, I'm looking forward to what's in store for her.
I apologize for this first post which is rather long, but I think writing about your thoughts makes the burden you carry light.
06-02-2012 12:54 PM
Hi, casual_fan, I'm also new.
I first heard Jessica in her "I'd Rather Go Blind" cover video on Youtube. Don't remember how I found it, but I learned shortly after that she was a contestant on American Idol. This was right after her "The Prayer" performance, and as soon as I saw it I thought to myself, "Wow, she's so young and can sing so well!"
So I was genuinely excited and looking forward to next week, where she totally blew me away with her rendition of "Love You I Do". In her first live TV performance, she commanded that stage like she owned it, and I was hooked (addicted?) from then on. I just couldn't believe that a 16yo could perform with such class, charisma and technical ability as to have both the audience and the male contestants--her competition!--chanting her name over and over. She absolutely killed, super confident and swag to the extreme. That's still my favorite solo performance of hers to this day.
Now I am looking forward to some new music from her, and wishing for a guest performance next season! *fingers crossed*
06-02-2012 03:36 PM
Welcome to the forum casual_fan and emanlluf ymtun. Wish you guys have joined as sooner. Anyway, it's never too late to express ones thoughts and sharing them with us is just a joy to read. Hope you got Jessica's Journey album in support of our girl.
06-02-2012 03:57 PM
Welcome to the boards and very enjoyable post there. If it regards towards our girl, no post is too long for me. lol
06-03-2012 05:46 AM - edited 06-03-2012 05:49 AM
Thanks guys for the welcome. Obviously, I'm not that knowledgeable in multiquoting here, but yeah. I wish I could have joined in the discussions earlier. If it matters though, I'm currently listening to Jessica's other covers, the ones she did before joining AI that is. I'm happy getting to know her from AI, and now I'm kind of knowing her a bit better by going back into her past. I have to say that I really felt her energy when she sang her song "What ya want". Makes the anticipation for her next project really interesting.
Oh yeah, hi emanlluf ymton! Guess we're two newbies around here, haha. Reginald, thanks for the response and junno, yes, I'll support her in any way I can.