Israel J. Ruiz
Even though Peru’s Sandra Muente did not make it to the final round of Latin American Idol, she affirmed she was happy she had been among the final top three singers chosen.
"It has been the most marvelous experience of my life. I always said to myself if I didn’t win I wanted to come in second or third place and I did it," said the 17-year-old singer.
"It was an honor for me to come in third place out of so many people," said Muente, explaining she had no hard feelings towards Latin American Idol staff for not letting her appear on Peruvian media on her visit to Lima.
Upon her visit to Peru between the show’s rounds, Muente was not allowed to appear on television shows or give interviews like the other two candidates.
"I know that they were allowed on television because they had permission, it seems they spoke with Sony, which was not my case, but I’m happy because my weekend in Lima was great and I was with my family," said the Peruvian singer.
"I don’t resent anyone and am not angry with anyone," said Muente after realizing the issue had caused an uproar among Peruvian journalists and media, which claimed the show had favored the other contestants.
Since the show is based on the number of votes cast by viewers, Peruvian media claimed Muente had a disadvantage because she was not allowed to promote herself on television.
Muente is to stay in Buenos Aires for another week, until the show ends, and will return to Lima to continue her career.
"I really want to continue with this; I have a lot of plans to follow this career and I hope to achieve something great and beautiful."