Last week, Jessica Sanchez, a Filipino favorite for the American Idol tilt this season, was saved from elimination.
What struck many people was the fact that this girl, arguably the best in the contest, was almost kicked out–this has happened before. There are many possible explanations: AI voters assuming that she can succeed without winning the competition, them wanting to go against apparent favoritism on the judges’ part, an attempt by the producers to drum up interest in the show. Whatever the case, it happened.
What struck me was how Jessica reacted. She said she wasn’t expecting anything. “I just do what I do. Whatever happens happens, and I just want people to know that I’ve been working hard my whole life…”
Here’s a picture of grace. She does all she can, she’s got what it takes to win, but in the face of elimination, she didn’t fuss or cry or shake her fists in anger. She just rolled with it, and was ready to sing for the save.
Some people may misread that as a lack of hunger on her part. If she didn’t get upset, she must not really want it. Don’t let her win.
For me, that’s crazy talk. First of all, this is a talent competition, not a “how much do you want this” contest. As Randy said, they’re looking for the best. Contestants should be voted based on their merits, and Jessica has plenty of merit as a singer.
Second, a person who does not express hurt over losing can be just as invested in winning as the ones who gnash their teeth over defeat. We shouldn’t decide the winner of a contest based on “what would happen if she lost?” Should we reward those who have a tendency to be sore losers? I don’t think so. The winner should be the one who’s earned it.
So for her reaction during last week’s possible elimination, Jessica’s already won in my book.
Thanks to kittenpiglet0221 for the clip!