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Philippine President Aquino roots for Jessica Sanchez to win 'American Idol' next week

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has picked his “American Idol.”

The Philippines’ leader says he is happy Jessica Sanchez is one of the singing contest’s top three finalists and “hopefully she really reaches the top.”

The 16-year-old Sanchez is from Chula Vista, California, and has Filipino and Latino heritage. She is being cheered by many in the Philippines and by the Filipino and Mexican communities in the U.S.

The TV talent show airs the finale next week.