The 'Don't Matter' star said he sees a lot of potential in the teenage Sanchez, who has earned rave reviews for her versions of 'Love You I Do' and 'I Will Always Love You' on the US singing competition.
"I know I shouldn't be saying this, but I kind of want her to get voted off so I can sign her," Akon told E! News. "She's beyond the talent that's supposed to be there. I think she's overqualified, I really do."
He added of Sanchez's talent: "She's only 16. Like, I've been around a lot of superstars. I haven't seen anyone at that age sing like that."
Hollie Cavanagh, Skylar Laine, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips and Sanchez are still in the running to win American Idol.
The show continues Wednesday (May 2) at 8/7c on Fox.
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Watch Jessica Sanchez perform 'I Will Always Love You' below: