American Idol finalists conclude tour at Smart Araneta coliseum

By ROWENA JOY A. SANCHEZ

The “American Idol” Season 11 finalists performed at a packed Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sept. 21, perfectly capping off their 2012 tour that kicked off and did the rounds in the US.

The contestants are grateful for the support of the Filipino fans, especially since the Philippine leg of their concert is their sole stop in Asia. At one point during the show, Filipino-Mexican runner-up Jessica Sanchez told the crowd, “Mahal ko kayong lahat, thank you so much…”

For her set, the 17-year-old singer opened with Beyoncé’s “Best Thing I Never Had,” before she called fellow finalists Joshua Ledet and her boyfriend, DeAndre Brackensick to provide back-up vocals for her performances of Prince’s “How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore?” and Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary.” Loud cheers filled the venue especially when Jessica hit the high notes or let out her trademark growl.

She also joined season champ Phillip Phillips for his rendition of Damien Rice’s “Volcano,” and then Joshua for the Aretha Franklin-George Michael duet “I Knew You Were Waiting For Me.” Unforgettable show After the concert, Joshua tweeted, “Will never forget the time we shared here in the Phillipines(: love you all!”

“Manila thank you for making our last show one we would never forget an welcoming us with so much love! We can’t thank you enough