The youngest finalist in the show's history, Sanchez was just 15 years old when she auditioned. The judges elected to use their save on her halfway through the season, with Randy Jackson hailing her as "one of the best singers in America ever".
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Former Idol winner Kris Allen was full of praise for Sanchez during a recent radio interview, Akon's expressed a desire to work with her and the president of the Philippines has even tipped her for victory.
Phillip Phillips was first seen on the season premiere performing a country-inspired version of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller', and he was hailed by Jennifer Lopez as one of the most special contestants in terms of talent on the very first live show.
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Most recently, Phillips's take on Bob Seger's 'We've Got Tonight' during the semi-finals was branded his best performance on the show by the judges.
Of course when all's said and done, only one of the pair can be named the winner. Who is your choice to become this season's American Idol? Vote and discuss the finalists below.
American Idol's final stages air on Tuesday, May 22 and Wednesday, May 23 on Fox in the US. The shows will be broadcast on Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25 on ITV2 in the UK.
This poll will close at 2pm EDT (7pm UK time) on Wednesday, May 23.