season 11 - updates

Rappler's latest stories on season 11


WATCH: Simon Cowell thinks this singer is 'the next Taylor Swift'

Jun 10, 2016 - 11:17 AM

I – hundred percent – think we ve got a star says judge Simon Cowell of 12 year old musician Grace VanderWaal who wowed everyone with her America s Got Talent audition

Screengrab from YouTube/America's Got Talent

Ateneo trounces Adamson in Shakey's V-League Season 11 opener

Mar 23, 2014 - 5:22 PM

Fresh from winning their first UAAP women s volleyball crown last week the Ateneo Lady Eagles dealt Adamson University an opening day loss in the Shakey s V League Season 11 First Conference

LADY EAGLES CONTINUE TO SOAR. The Ateneo women's volleyball team continued their winning ways, defeating Adamson on the opening day of the Shakey's V-League season. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ateneo Lady Eagles to carry high morale to V-League

Mar 19, 2014 - 3:48 PM

After a stirring Cinderella run in the UAAP newly minted champions Ateneo Lady Eagles are eager to carry their momentum to the Shakey s V League

ON TO THE NEXT. The Ateneo Lady Eagles are moving on to their next challenge in the Shakey's V-League, taking with them the thrill of their first UAAP Championship. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Jessica Sanchez live on U Stream

Jun 05, 2013 - 11:10 AM

The American Idol runner up is live on her U Stream channel Jay

LIKE A VJ. Jessica Sanchez and friend are spending time online and interacting with fans. Screen shot from

Jessica Sanchez wows in Manila concert

Feb 15, 2013 - 9:44 AM

The Filipino Mexican American Idol Season 11 finalist gave her fans an unforgettable Valentine date

THROUGH THE HOARSENESS. Jessica Sanchez performed through it, giving her Manila fans the concert they deserved. Photo from the February 11 'Jump In' fan meet and greet courtesy of Smart Communications Inc

Be Colton Dixon’s Valentine

Feb 14, 2013 - 9:59 AM

The 7 placer of American Idol Season 11 talks about the perfect way to sweep a girl off her feet and the qualities he looks for in a girl

NOT INTO CHEESY SONGS. Yet Colton Dixon confesses, 'I can’t watch a chick flick without crying.' All photos by Peter Imbong

IN PHOTOS: Jessica Sanchez back in Manila

Feb 13, 2013 - 7:02 PM

The American Idol season 11 finalist is busy with performances left and right days before her Valentine s Day concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum

HERE FOR V-DAY. Jessica Sanchez celebrates Pinoy love on her February 14 concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. All photos courtesy of Smart Communications Inc

AI winner Phillip Phillips' family to close shop

Nov 05, 2012 - 7:33 AM

His fans might heave a collective sigh of disappointment at this TMZ report

SR AND JR. AI season 11 winner Phillip Phillips with his dad in a homecoming video published last May. Screen grab from YouTube (VAGunRights)

Phillip Phillips talks kidney treatment and AI's summer tour

Jun 29, 2012 - 2:20 PM

The American Idol 11 winner recovers from numerous treatments during and after the competition

HE ENDURED THE PAIN to emerge the winner of American Idol season 11. Screen grab from YouTube

Social media indicates Jessica is next 'Idol'

May 24, 2012 - 7:21 AM

Online sentiment returns in favor of Jessica Sanchez after her finals performance

Will Phillips drop out of American Idol?

May 19, 2012 - 2:58 PM

Doctors want the American Idol finalist to drop out and have surgery ahead of next week s finals

Rallying behind Jessica Sanchez till the end

May 18, 2012 - 11:47 AM

Fans tweet their excitement over Jessica s battle for the American Idol crown

Jessica Sanchez goes to American Idol finale

May 18, 2012 - 8:58 AM

Sanchez and Phillip Phillips will fight it out for the Idol crown next week

Jessica Sanchez

'American Idol': Jessica Sanchez sings Mariah, Aerosmith, Jackson 5

May 17, 2012 - 9:47 AM

Jessica Sanchez battles a sore throat to cover Mariah Carey Aerosmith and Jackson 5

"I DON'T WANNA MISS A THING." "American Idol" contestant Jessica Sanchez sings the Aerosmith classic "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing," Wednesday, May 16, 2012. Screengrab from FOX Television.

Jessica Sanchez leads Top 3 in online fanbase

May 13, 2012 - 2:43 PM

Jessica Sanchez has the biggest online followers among the Top 3 of American Idol

Will Jessica Sanchez become the next American Idol?

May 11, 2012 - 5:59 PM

Jessica faces tough competition with Phillip Phillips and Joshua Ledet

IS SHE THE ONE? Filipinos are praying that the first Filipino American Idol has arrived.

Jessica Sanchez 'not going,' makes it to American Idol Top 3

May 11, 2012 - 8:56 AM

She is the second Filipino American who made it this far in the show

Jessica Sanchez

'Idol': Jessica Sanchez moves on to top 4

May 04, 2012 - 8:46 AM

Jessica Sanchez was declared safe during the show s latest elimination round

'Unbelievable' talent: Jessica Sanchez again gets positive reviews on 'Idol'

May 03, 2012 - 10:19 AM

Sanchez sings Proud Mary to mixed mostly positive reviews from judges

Jessica Sanchez makes it to American Idol Top 5

Apr 27, 2012 - 8:31 AM

Jessica Sanchez made it to the Top 5 of Fox s megahit singing competition

Jessica gets 'OK' for 'Rhapsody', praises for 'Dance With My Father'

Apr 26, 2012 - 9:34 AM

16 year old Idol contender also sings Luther Vandross Dance With My Father

Jessica Sanchez is in

Apr 20, 2012 - 1:21 PM

After gettting mixed reactions for her last performance Sanchez now ranks among American Idol’s Top 6

Jessica Sanchez was saved after all. After gettting mixed reactions for her last performance, Sanchez now ranks among American Idol’s Top 6. An early crowd favorite, the 16-year-old Filipino-American singer was almost eliminated in the show last week. The 3 judges – Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, and Jennifer Lopez – exercised their once-only “save” vote to make sure Sanchez did not go home. On Thursday, April 19, Sanchez sang Fallin’ by Alicia Keys and Try a Little Tenderness by Otis Redding. Apart from Sanchez, the 5 other contenders who remain in the contest include Hollie Cavanagh, Phillip Philips, Elise Testone, Joshua Ledet and Skylar Laine. Colton Dixon, who was previously a frontrunner in the show, ended up with the lowest number of votes.

No goodbyes: Jessica Sanchez in AI's Top 6

Apr 20, 2012 - 8:52 AM

After her near elimination last week Jessica Sanchez now enters American Idol s Top 6

After near-exit, AI fans hate, love Jessica Sanchez's Fallin'

Apr 19, 2012 - 9:51 AM

A week after contestant Jessica Sanchez got eliminated but saved by the American Idol judges the tiny girl with the giant voice came back with a bang

Why did America snub Jessica Sanchez?

Apr 13, 2012 - 5:29 PM

Why did America snub Jessica Sanchez? Is it the Pia Toscano Theory ?

WHY SNUB JESSICA? Have fans become complacent and relaxed about voting aggressively for the Filipino-Mexican contender?

Jessica Sanchez is saved in American Idol

Apr 13, 2012 - 11:48 AM

American Idol contender Jessica Sanchez saved by judges after emerging in the bottom 3

American Idol contender Jessica Sanchez was saved by judges after emerging in the bottom 3 that included favorites Joshua Ledet and Elise Testone. As she started to sing her exit song, "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here," the 3 judges, Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, walked up the stage and interrupted her. “You’re not going home! This is ridiculous! We’re using the save!” Lopez exclaimed. Jackson angrily told the audience, "This girl is one of the best singers in America - are you kidding me? Everyone, please vote for the best!"

TMZ was right: 'Idol' shocker as Jessica Sanchez nearly eliminated

Apr 13, 2012 - 9:42 AM

In a shocking turn of events 16 year old Jessica Sanchez was nearly booted off the show after getting the lowest number of votes but the 3 judges used their only save power for the season on her

Jessica Sanchez performs 'Stuttering' in JLo shoes

Apr 12, 2012 - 9:44 AM

Jessica Sanchez stuns in JLo s shoes in American Idol performance night

Why Jessica Sanchez and Joshua Ledet are a 'dream' pair

Apr 05, 2012 - 11:15 AM

Jessica Sanchez s duet with Joshua Ledet was awarded another standing O

Jessica Sanchez enters 'Idol' top 8

Mar 30, 2012 - 10:07 AM

Sanchez is this season s last remaining Idol finalist of Asian descent

Filipino-Mexican-American singer Jessica Sanchez performs Beyonce's "Sweet Dreams" on American idol, Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

'Sweet Dreams' - and reviews - for Jessica Sanchez

Mar 29, 2012 - 10:45 AM

Fil Mex American Idol contestant was given another round of positive reviews from judges

Jessica Sanchez in 'American Idol' top 9

Mar 23, 2012 - 10:12 AM

Sanchez joined the top 9 finalists of the megahit singing competition on Thursday

Jessica Sanchez remains in ‘Idol’ competition

Mar 23, 2012 - 9:23 AM

16 year old American Idol contestant Jessica Sanchez earns Billy Joel s praise

After earning her 3rd standing ovation from the judges of “American Idol,” on Wednesday night, March 21, 16-year-old contestant Jessica Sanchez remains in the competition. She got praise from no less than Billy Joel himself for her rendition of his Everybody Has a Dream during the contest's Billy Joel night. During that night, Jennifer Lopez said, “That song was just written for you. That was a defining song, that's you.” Randy Jackson was effusive with praise, too. “You have a moment every time you step up on that stage. It was flawless, it was perfect.” The third judge Steven Tyler told the part-Filipino, part-American singer, “You’ve gone way past my judging…Thank you for letting me hear you sing, baby.”

3rd standing ovation from American Idol judges for Jessica Sanchez

Mar 22, 2012 - 10:14 AM

Sixteen year old contestant Jessica earned her 3rd standing ovation from the judges

Jessica Sanchez makes it to 'American Idol' top 10

Mar 16, 2012 - 11:31 AM

The 16 year old Filipino Mexican American singer is now part of the singing competition s top 10

Pinay's Whitney Houston tribute wows American Idol judges

Mar 08, 2012 - 11:09 PM

Jessica Sanchez performed a tribute to the late Whitney Houston by performing I Will Always Love You