In one of her performances right after the Top 7 competition, American Idol judges were surprised to learn Sanchez was voted off by online viewers, prompting them to use the save option, a veto power by the judges which was earlier adapted in judging rules.
The "judges save" option gave Sanchez another opportunity to excel in the remaining episodes. Her popularity rose as a result of the publicity she got when the judges saved her from being disqualified.
Making it to the Top 4, Sanchez became the lone female contestant in competition. At this point, Sanchez has received a total of six unanimous standing ovations for her competitive performances from the judges.
Moving on to Top 3 along with Joshua Ledet and Philip Philips, the 16-year old singing sensation has already beaten her two rivals for the title with her worldwide popularity rating. Her video performance that was uploaded on You Tube earlier in the finals got 5 million views in just three days.
At the homestretch, Joshua Ledet was eliminated, leaving her and Philip Philips in the final competition for the coveted title.
While Sanchez ended as the more popular contestant as shown in several online polls on the night of the final episode, her popularity did not translate to actual votes.
Sanchez finished as runner-up while Philips became the season 11 winner. Many of her instant fans worldwide expressed sadness over her loss.
One of her fans who was unhappy with the loss of her idol was a little girl who was captured on video and uploaded on YouTube throwing tantrums as shown here
Losing the title to Philips, Sanchez became even more popular when top TV entertainment channels took turns in guesting her on their prime time shows. One of her interviews on a popular TV program is shown here
After the series of performances as guest on prime time TV shows, Sanchez became popular among event organizers following her flawless rendition of the National Anthem
in one of her guest appearances in Washington.
Later Sanchez found herself performing and singing the National Anthem in big events with worldwide TV coverage including the opening of the NBA Finals
and the boxing fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley
last June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sanchez, whose mother is from the Philippines, is due to do a group concert in Manila along with the Top 10 winners on September 21.
The 16-year-old singing sensation from Chula Vista, California, is in final stage of negotiations to join the US top-rated musical comedy-drama television series "Glee" which is now on its fourth season.
If successful, Sanchez will be joining Rachel, Finn, Mr. Schu and the rest of the "Glee" cast, according to MTV.com
Sanchez has started recording her first album under Interscope Records, a recording company based in Sta.Monica, California and member of the Universal Music Group. Read more
The American Idol season 11 runner-up is currently on a nationwide tour along with the Top 10 finalists as part of their promotional efforts to reach out to the fans who voted for them during the season 11 competition.
Part 1 of this three-part series can be viewed here
. Click here
for Part 2