Fans screamed and cried as host Ryan Seacrest announced the top two remaining contestants on Season11 of the popular “American Idol” show Friday morning (Manila time). Watch American IDoL 2012 Finale Performance HereCrowd favorite Filipino-American-Mexican Jessica Sanchez was named in the top two, meaning she willbe in the final round next week.Sanchez, who hails from Chula Vista, San Diego, California, will be pitted against Phillip Phillips, the otherfinalist.Joshua Ledet was eliminated after public voting determined he was the contestant with the leastnumber of votes.Sanchezs top 2 achievement is the highest attained by a contestant with Filipino heritage on the show.Filipino-American Jasmine Trias made it to the top three of AIs Season 3, while Ramiele Malubay,another Fil-Am, placed ninth in Season 7. Watch American IDoL 2012 Finale Performance HereThia Megia, another Filipino-American, meanwhile, finished in the top 11 of last years competition.Sanchezs mother is Filipina, while her father is Mexican.
Last girl standingThe 16-year-old Sanchez is the last girl standing on “American Idol” this year.On Wednesday night’s performance (Thursday in Manila), Sanchez sang three songs: Mariah Carey’s“My All,” Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing,” and Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There.” Watch American IDoL 2012 Finale Performance HereShe got positive reviews from all three AI judges—Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, and Randy Jackson.Tyler said, “You’ll be the last one standing here. I believe that.”Lopez noted how Sanchez sounded like Michael Jackson in “I’ll Be There,” while Jackson said Sanchez’srendition of “My All” was “absolutely beautiful.”On Thursday’s results show (Friday in Manila), however, music producer Jimmy Iovine said he thoughtSanchez’s performances lacked “a magical moment.”Still, he said he hoped to see Sanchez in the finals.Adam Lambert, Lisa Marie Presley
Former "American Idol" finalist, rocker Adam Lambert, and Lisa Marie Presley were among the guests onthe results show.Presley sang her new single “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet,” while Lambert performed “Never Close OurEyes.” Watch American IDoL 2012 Finale Performance HereFinals next weekThe top two contestants will perform next week for the last public voting.Viewers who are US residents will then choose by phone, text messaging, and online voting who will bedeclared Season 11’s American Idol.Past "American Idol" winners who made it to superstar status include Carrie Underwood and KellyClarkson.Among the finalists and contestants on "American Idol" in the past are Katharine McPhee, DavidArchuleta, and Jennifer Hudson.