Current Idol heartthrob and grandpa’s boy Sam Woolf first began his journey in Boston, where he performed a slightly sped-up version of Ed Sheeran’s “Lego House” out of nerves, yet still managed to relegate a sweet tone and modernized diction that brought him through to the next round. His boyish charm and soft demeanor quickly made him a judge and fan favorite, getting himself through Hollywood with relative ease and ending on an extremely high note when he debuted an original song on national television in the form of “I Tried”: a ballad written about his mother when she moved away. From there, his true potential was beginning to be seen as he nearly rendered all three of the Idol judges to tears and became an easy pick for the Top 30 and as one of the Rush Week picks, during which he performed a solid, pitch perfect take on “Babylon” by David Gray .
Before he began his American Idol journey, Sam was a bit of a YouTube aficionado. On the popular video streaming service, he performed covers of such hits as both his audition song and Rush Week song, showing that he is one to really come full-circle on these sorts of things. Perhaps most interestingly, he also was a featured vocalist on a n electronic track called “Make A Sound” produced by Starbuck. With someone as affable and clean-cut as Sam, it is imperative to show as many musical sides to himself as possible. That in itself has been the winning key for multiple past Idols similar to him in terms of ability, so it will be interesting to see what road he chooses to follow and how far off the beaten path he will go.
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