MANILA, Philippines — Bayan Muna Representatives Neri Colmenares & Teddy Casiño filed today House Resolution 3489 seeking an investigation on the the result of American Idol season 11, minutes after Philip Phillips was announced the winner.
For the fifth season in a row, a white guy (sic) with guitar has won “American Idol,” after rocker Phillip Phillips was crowned the latest winner of the popular US talent search on Wednesday night (Thursday morning in Manila).
Phillips bested 16-year-old Filipino-Mexican-American contestant Jessica Sanchez after more than 130 million votes – a record — were cast during the four-hour period after Wednesday’s final two performance show.
(from ABS-CBN News)
Rep. Colmenares and Casiño accused the organizers and the American people as a whole of being racist, saying that it was impossible in the first place for a Mexican-Filipino to win said contest. “Being saved by the judges from elimination a few weeks ago was only done to gain ratings and lure in Filipino audience and voters,” said Colmenares.
“Hook, line and sinker!” added Casiño.
The House of Representative would schedule hearings to discuss the merit of Bayan Muna’s allegation and if proven to be true, they would bring the petition to the American embassy in Manila to demand an investigation and possibly a recount.
“Ilang beses na tayong dinadaya! Nariyan ang mga Pilipinong si Jasmin Trias, Thia Megia, Camile Velasco at si Ramielle Malubay. Kung ang pinoy ay hindi mananalo sa paligsahan na ang pangalan ay American Idol, sana hindi nalang nila pinag-audition nung una pa! (How many times have we been cheated? There are Filipinos like Jasmin Trias, Thia Megia, Camile Velasco and Ramielle Malubay. If a Filipino cannot win in a contest named American Idol, maybe they shouldn’t have let them audition in the first place!)” said the lawmaker angrily.
“It’s ironic that Filipinos are eager to win contests such as American Idol and other talent search based here,” said Henry Spade Cummings, a production member of Fremantle Media. “But ironically they are also eager to protest when Americans train their soldiers during military exercises or when your country asks for our help during intense international disputes.”
Cummings said that he was confused whether Filipinos are pro-American or anti-American.
“It’s also ironic that Filipinos root for their countrymen to win the American Idol, but when their bet loses, they resort to sour-graping, saying things like she is still their Philippine Idol and World Idol or that Phillips had better production values,” added Cummings. “Why don’t they create their own talent search then?”
Jessica Sanchez for her part has received various offers from our local entertainment industry, including ABS-CBN and GMA7. According to the 16 year old singer, she has yet to decide or sign a contract as she is still contemplating whether she really wants to appear in telenovelas, host a weekly noontime show, endorse a local shampoo brand, be a brand ambassador of a fast-food chain, or be paired with a hunk actor and star in sappy romantic movies.
When asked if any of the network offers includes anything about singing, Sanchez just gave a very disappointing no.