American Idol 2012 runner-up Jessica Sanchez was understandably upset by her loss in this year’s finals, but she admires the perseverance of opponent Phillips Phillips, who battled a painful kidney condition throughout the competition.

One of Jessica Sanchez’s biggest disappointments was actually failing to win this year’s American Idol 2012 crown for the ladies. A guy has now been the American Idol winner for five years on a row.

“Being the last girl standing, that was really one disappointment for me throughout the finale just because I was like, ‘Okay, you know, I’m not going to be mad if I don’t win because I think Phillip deserves it, but I gotta do this for my girls,’” Sanchez said in an interview with Us Weekly.

Regardless, Jessica Sanchez said she was  very happy to have made it so far and was pleased for Phillip Phillips when he won the title. “I think he deserved it,” she said. Sanchez pointed out what a difficult road it was for Phillip Phillips, who was often in pain throughout the season. Phillips suffers from a congenital kidney disorder that causes him to produce large and frequent kidney stones.

He really fought through the competition, not just mentally but also physically,” Sanchez said. Phillip Phillips was reportedly scheduled for a corrective kidney surgery this week, but had to postpone after he came down with a sinus infection and a fever. Sanchez hopes he will have a swift recovery and will be able to join the American Idols Live Tour on time this summer as scheduled.

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