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American Idol

What Is American Idol 2012 Contestant Jessica Sanchez’s Ethnicity?

With her striking features and powerful pipes, we can’t blame people from wondering what kind of genes American Idol Season 11’s Jessica Sanchez is lucky enough to possess.

Born in Chula Vista and now living in San Diego, the American Idol frontrunner is a California girl with Mexican and Filipino ancestry. Her father, Gilbert, is a Texan with Mexican roots and her mother, Editha, was born in Bataan province in the Philippines.

The 16-year-old Idol contestant is proud of her heritage and tweeted to fans that she’d “love” to perform in the Philippines someday. “They got lots of love for me there <3 Gotta Represent ;)” she explained.

Source: Twitter; IMDb

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03.28.2012 / 06:30 AM EDT by Stephanie Long
Related: American Idol, American Idol Season 11, Jessica Sanchez

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