American Idol judge saves Jessica Sanchez, once married to FilAm Cris Judd
Showbiz authority Ricky Lo did it again.
The GMA 7 show host and Philippine Star entertainment editor and columnist interviewed again popular actress, singer and American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
In his interview this time, Ricky Lo was able to elicit some vital information about J-Lo’s ties with Filipinos and the Philippines. He wrote about it in his column entitled “The Pinay in J-lo.”
The latest J-Lo twist on Pinoys was her saving American Idol contestant Jessica Sanchez, a Filipino-Mexican-American teener from Chula Vista in San Diego County in California who has emerged as one of the top 3 finalists of the popular talent show.
It can be remembered that Jennifer went onstage and grabbed the mike from a stunned Jessica and “scolded” everybody for not voting for a truly talented singer, thereby retaining Jessica among the Top Four.
Ricky told J-Lo: “On behalf of the Filipinos, I want to thank you for ‘saving’ Jessica Sanchez on American Idol.”
“You are very welcome!” was Jennifer’s curt reply.
Ricky continued: “I notice that you have such a strong Philippine connection…”
In his column Conversations, Ricky said he thought he saw a sparkle in Jennifer’s eyes. “I guessed that only she and I knew what I meant, with the other journalists absolutely clueless,” he wrote.
Ricky said that based on Jennifer’s reply, he found out that Jennifer’s second husband (lasting 10 months), dancer Cris Judd, was half-Filipino.
Also, beauty queen Dayanara Torres, the ex-wife of Marc Anthony, J-Lo’s third ex-husband, had a Filipino as boyfriend, in the person of actor Aga Muhlach, who is now happily married with Charlene Gonzalez.
It was also gathered that Jennifer’s first husband was Ojani Noa and their marriage lasted for only 11 months. Jennifer is now romantically linked to dancer-choreographer Casper Smart.
It was even Jennifer who brought up her “Philippine connection” during the third interview of Ricky Lo with the actress also at the Four Seasons.
She volunteered the information about her second failed marriage, saying, “Yes, my ex-husband was half-Filipino.”
Jennifer is now preparing a concert with singer Enrique Iglesias, who is half Filipino. Enrique’s father is famous singer Julio Iglesias and his mother is a Spanish Filipina.
During the interview and presscon for her latest movie, “What To Expect When You’re Expecting,” Ricky Lo asked Jennifer the question: “Did you know that making babies is a popular cottage industry in the Philippines?” There was laughter from the gallery. “My question is: Having had twins, what tips can you give expecting women not only in the Philippines but all over the world?”
Jennifer had a ready answer: “You know, making babies is a very personal experience. One woman’s experience may not be the same as those of the others, or different from mine, so I can’t really give any tips.”
“That’s okay. Thank you, Jennifer!” Ricky countered.
“What To Expect When You’re Expecting” of Liongate which has Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks and Anna Kendrick and Jennifer’s co-stars, opens this week in Manila theaters.
Ricky Lo had a prize from J-Lo during the interview and presscon. When J-Lo saw him, she approached him, thanked him and planted a kiss on both his cheeks.
At the end of the presscon, Ricky handed copies of his three interviews with Jennifer and the actress flashed her sweet smile and thanked the columnist-television host. “Glad to see you again!” she said.
“J-Lo made my day!” Ricky Lo said.