IS JESSICA SANCHEZ RECORDING A SPANISH LANGUAGE ALBUM?

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The entire time she was competing on “American Idol,” half-Mexican contestant Jessica Sanchez knew she had the support of the Latino community. In fact, Sanchez told The Huffington Post on Friday that it was that support that made her work even harder to win “American Idol” season 11. “It kind of pushed me even more because I wanted to make them proud,” Sanchez told us. “I made it this far and I’m glad I could do that for the Latin community!”

The 16-year-old singer from Chula Vista, California (who is also half-Filipino) spoke to The Huffington Post about her Latin roots, the Latino singers she most admires, and her plans to record a Spanish-language album!

First of all, congratulations on all of your Idol success! Thank you!
We know you’re half-Mexican and half-Filipino. Can you break down your Latin roots? I’m Mexican and my dad is Mexican, but I didn’t grow up with him speaking Spanish to me, so I don’t really know much. {But} I’m proud to be Mexican. I’m proud of both my ethnicities.

Did you grow up with any Latino traditions? I’m not really sure because I have both (Mexican and Filipino), so there was a bunch of stuff thrown at me, and I live in the States, so it wasn’t just one thing…
The Latino community really rallied behind you and wanted you to become the first Latina to win “American Idol.” Were you aware of the community’s support during the competition? Yeah, and that was…it kind of pushed me even more because I wanted to make them proud and I’m glad that I did. I made it this far and I’m glad I could do that for the Latin community!

Would you ever release a Spanish-language album? I would, yeah. I think the language is beautiful and I have {sung in Spanish} in the past. I don’t know how to speak it, but definitely in the future, I would love to do that. I have a really good ear.

Are there any Latin singers like Selena Gomez or Demi Lovato that you look up to? I love Selena – not Selena Gomez, but Selena Selena…Selena Quintanilla.

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When Phillip Phillips was named this year’s “American Idol,” a lot of people took to Twitter to tweet that you were robbed. How do you feel about the reaction that many fans had? I’m happy for him. The last couple of days, we were hanging out because we were the last two. I couldn’t have been with anybody better. He is an amazing artist, he’s original and I can’t find anybody else like Phillip Phillips. He really fought for this and I think he deserved to win 100 percent.

How hard was it to compete on a show like “American Idol?” It was life-changing. I used to be home-schooled and I had my own hours – I could sleep whenever I wanted, wake up whenever I wanted and now I’m on this busy schedule and everything has to happen in order for the show to go {well} and in order to prove yourself as an artist. This show is perfect for people that are really serious about this. I fought through and I made top two, so I’m happy about that.

What’s next for you? Well, next there’s a lot of stuff. I’m going to do a couple of events here and there and then go on tour. And then hopefully when I’m on tour, or as soon as possible, I’m going to try and work on some songs for my album.

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“TO SELENA WITH LOVE” IS HOW CHRIS REMEMBERS HIS TEJANO STAR & SELENA GOMEZ SINGS “BIDI BIDI BOM BOM”

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The new book “To Selena, With Love” reveals intimate details about the late Tejano star’s life, but the book’s author – her widower, Chris Perez – doesn’t consider it a “tell-all” kind of book.
“I thought it should be honest, with dignity. I knew there would be things that would make me feel uncomfortable, but I think I wrote the book with respect,” Perez, 42, said in a recent interview.

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Perez says the book, released Tuesday, allows him to share his memories of Selena Quintanilla, who was shot and killed on March 31, 1995, two weeks shy of her 24th birthday. The Mexican-American singer was a sensation in the Tejano world with hits such as “Como la flor,” “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” and “El chico del apartamento 512.” She was on the verge of crossing over when she was killed by Yolanda Saldivar, the president of her fan club.

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“When Selena died, I suppressed the memories, I boxed them away in order to cope. When I decided to write the book, I opened the box and put it all out. It was a beautiful process. It  was a good thing to revisit and I can’t say I fell in love again because I never stopped loving her,” he said.

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Perez met Selena when he became the lead guitarist for Selena y Los Dinos. It was a band formed by Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla Jr., and also featured her siblings Suzette and A.B. Quintanilla.

SELENA’S LAST CONCERT PART 4 OF 7 – NO ME QUEDA MAS

Perez confesses that he feels remorse for not protecting his wife. He wonders if things would have been different had he told someone that Selena told him days before her death that Saldivar had shown her a gun. Perez also addresses rumors, including one that Selena was pregnant at the time of her death (she wasn’t).

SELENA’S LAST CONCERT PART 5 OF 7 – BIDI BIDI BOM BOM

The first part of the book talks about their secret love. Their romance started behind her father’s back, as depicted in the 1997 movie starring Jennifer Lopez, “Selena.” Selena’s father was opposed to their relationship and accused Perez of being with his daughter only for her money. Selena’s father only accepted Perez after the couple eloped in 1992. Perez describes his father-in-law as an admirable person whom he still loves and respects. “We had our differences but I love him and respect him like my own father. As a matter of fact, I just went to his studio the other day and I took my kids to see him. We’re still a family,” he said.

SELENA’S LAST CONCERT PART 6 OF 7 – EL CHICO DEL APARTAMENTO 512

 Perez says that music was really a “business” for Selena; her real passion was fashion. “I have pads and pads of sketches,” he said. “Most of the clothes she wore were her own designs.” After Selena’s death, the guitarist, who lives in San Antonio, struggled to cope with his loss but eventually moved on. He formed The Chris Perez Band, which won a Grammy in 1999. He also married Venessa Villanueva in 2001 and the couple had two kids, but they divorced a few years later.

SELENA’S LAST CONCERT PART 7 OF 7 – COMO LA FLOR – WE LOVE YOU SELENA

Selena Gomez named after the late Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla, who has been gone for 17 years.

The Disney princess tackled the Mexican pop legend Selena’s “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom”—but can her cover hold a candle to the original? “I’m keeping her name alive,” she said proudly. The new Selena featuring Selena duet, “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” from Enamorada de Ti, the upcoming album honoring Quintanilla and boasting other collabos with Samo from Mexican rock band Camila (“Amor Prohibido”), Cristian Castro (“Como La Flor”), Juan Magán (“Enamorada De Ti”), and Don Omar (“Fotos y Recuerdos”).
Selena Gomez tells Abraham Quintanilla, “I’m extremely honored that you thought of me for this. The 73 year old patriarch responded, “I know it’s going to be un éxito.” Enamorada de Ti drops April 3.

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