Philippine leader backs Sanchez on 'American Idol'

May 16, 2012 - 2:56 AM
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FILE - In this May 10, 2012 file photo released by Fox, Jessica Sanchez poses in Los Angeles. The Philippines' leader is rooting for Sanchez, the 16-year-old American Idol finalist of Filipino and Latino heritage. (AP Photo/Fox, Michael Becker, File)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has picked his "American Idol."

The Philippines' leader says he is happy Jessica Sanchez is one of the singing contest's top three finalists and "hopefully she really reaches the top."

The 16-year-old Sanchez is from Chula Vista, California, and has Filipino and Latino heritage. She is being cheered by many in the Philippines and by the Filipino and Mexican communities in the U.S.

The TV talent show airs the finale next week.

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