Filipina-Mexican Jessica Sanchez had the opportunity to go back to her hometown in Chula Vista in San Diego, California as part of the privilege in becoming one of American Idol's Top 3 finalists this season.
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Thousand flocked to her homecoming, as she rode in a march where colorful bands in parade welcomed her to concert at Eastlake High School football stadium, which has a 6,000-person capacity.
|Jessica Sanchez was tightly escorted by San Diego guards on her American Idol homecoming there on May 12, Saturday. PHOTO: John Gastaldo, UT San Diego|
"I'm so happy to represent Chula Vista. It was the people. I missed the people so much. I love you guys. Thank you for all the support," said the 16-year old singer.
|Jessica claimed it was her first time to ride a helicopter and felt like she was just "auditioning like yesterday" when she set foot on the baseball grounds. PHOTO: UT San Diego|
At her school, Jessica performed "Try a Little Tenderness", "Stuttering,", "I Will Always Love You", and "Proud Mary."
|San Diego locals took a shot with Jessica. PHOTO: UT San Diego|
|Thousands cheered and flocked in Jessica's homecoming concert. PHOTO: UT San Diego|
|Jessica with family. PHOTO: UT San Diego|
Chula Vista's mayor Cheryl Cox has declared May 12, Saturday, as "Jessica Sanchez Day."
At around 2 p.m., Jessica went to the U.S.S. Midway Museum at downtown's Broadway Pier, where she performed the "U.S. National Anthem", "Try a Little Tenderness", and "Dance with My Father", as she held up her father on stage. Her dad, a member of the U.S. Navy, is being deployed to Singapore.
Other Idol Top 3 finalists Joshua Ledet and Phillip Phillips also visited their hometowns in Westlake, Los Angeles and in South Georgia.
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