In its Top 7 Power Rankings published on its website, Entertainment Weekly magazine placed Sanchez at No. 1 after she slipped to No. 2 last week.
The article said Sanchez seems to be really determined to win the competition. “I THINK THIS GIRL WANTS IT TOO, RYAN!” it said in all caps.
Sanchez performed "How Will I Know" during the '80s week on “Idol.” This is the second time Sanchez picked a Whitney Houston song. She earlier sang her hit, "I Will Always Love You," which earned her a standing ovation.
Although she didn't get the judges up from their seats this time around, Sanchez still received positive comments for "How Will I Know."
She, however, earned another standing ovation from “Idol” judges with her duet with fellow contestant Joshua Ledet.
They performed "I Knew You Were Waiting For Me," originally sung by Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and George Michael.
Meanwhile, at Entertainment Weekly’s No. 2 is Colton Dixon, who made a big leap from No. 5 last week.
Placing third is Ledet, who also went up from No. 4 last week. Skylar Laine was at No. 4 while Phillip Phillips, who previously held the top rank slipped to No. 5. He was followed by Elise Testone and Hollie Cavanagh, who is at the bottom.
For this week, the “Idol” contestants will perform songs from this decade – 2010, 2011 and 2012 -- with mentor Akon.
According to Entertainment Weekly, this should be a chance for Sanchez to “connect” on a current song of which she is "a legitimate fan."