`American Idol`s` Jessica Sanchez on Coming in Second: `I`m Relieved That This Whole Thing is Over`

American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez told reporters she was kind of relieved that this whole this is over after Phillip Phillips was crowned as the new Season 11 champion.
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Sanchez also spoke about her pop ballad, Nothing Changes, which the judges didnt love. In fact, moments earlier, in-house mentor Jimmy Iovine called the song a bomb."

I kind of agreed with them, she told reporters. We only had one day to pick a single. Now that I have time to put myself into my music, its going to be all me -- 100 percent me.

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Sanchez later said she was happy for Phillips, and knew he was the victor before they announced his name. "I told him he was gonna win during Top 3 results show," she said, adding,He has worked harder than all of us." Hes been having to keep up with his health issues with his kidneys. Hes been through it all a lot more than us mentally and physically. ... I made top two and it`s such a big accomplishment."

In fact, Sanchez was more than ready for the Idol experience having competed on America`s Got Talent at 11 years old. "It definitely prepared me for rejection," she told The Hollywood Reporter with a laugh, "Because I was rejected twice on that show. The cameras and the lights and the staging helped me, but this has been a totally different experience.

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