Gimme Five: Jessica Sanchez's Favorite Live Performers (Video)

Joseph Llanes

Jessica Sanchez photographed in Los Angeles.

Last year, Jessica Sanchez dazzled America with a fantastic series of stage performances during her run into the Top 2 of "American Idol." With a powerful voice and charisma to spare, the 17-year-old California native knows what it takes to be an effective live artist -- and which current superstars are must-see performers.

During a chat with Billboard about her recently released debut album, "Me, You & The Music," Sanchez shared her five favorite live performers for the latest edition of Pop Shop's "Gimme Five" series. From pop divas like Rihanna and Mariah to a certain rapper whom Sanchez is obsessed with, check out the "Idol" alum's essential live artists:

Want more Jessica Sanchez? Click here to watch the rising star discuss her debut album, working with Ne-Yo and making her "Glee" debut earlier this year.