Sam Woolf: American Idol 2014 Top 5 Finalist Says Goodbye [VIDEOS]

American Idol 2014 finalist Sam Woolf traveled all the way from his current home of Bradenton, Florida to Boston, Massachusetts to audition for season 13. And it’s a good thing he did, because he made it all the way to the finals! Sam almost got sent home from the Top 8, but he he was lucky enough to win the American Idol judges’ one and only save of the season to continue on in the competition. His fans rallied and managed to push him through all the way to the Top 5 before he was eliminated.

Sam Woolf

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We first saw Sam in a press screener video from FOX for the new season, and we have to say we were rather impressed right from the start.  Not only is he young, cute, and plays the guitar beautifully, Sam can also sing a sweet rendition of an Ed Sheeran tuneand writes some really good original songs too!

Find out more about Sam Woolf before he came to American Idol and watch all of his performances on season 13 below!

Sam Woolf American Idol Performances

Road to Hollywood:

Top 31 This Is Real Profile:

Top 13 Interview:

Top 7 Peformance:

Top 6 Performance (Round 2):

Sam Woolf Background

Sam Woolf has one of those heart-tugging “back stories” we see often every season, although we think contestants should always be judged solely on their talent. His mother abandoned him when he was 13, and his father was dealing with depression issues and could not take care of him. Now 17, Sam was taken in by his grandparents, who have pretty much become his parents.

“I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember,” Sam says on his website. “Music is my life. I play guitar and like to write my own songs. If I had to describe my music, I would say it falls in the lines of acoustic/folk/rock with a little pop. My songs mean a lot to me, and I want to share them with the world.” In addition to playing cover songs, Sam has also written a number of original tunes like the one below, which we think is actually pretty stellar.

On his Facebook fan page, Sam says his musical likes and influences include DaughtryEd SheeranJames TaylorDavid GrayTaylor Swift, and David Gray. He lists his style of music as “acoustic, folk, rock, pop” and his original hometown as West Bloomfield, MI.

On his personal Facebook page, Sam shares a bit more, including a post saying this was the “best summer I’ve ever had, can’t wait until next year!” We’re betting that was probably all about his success at the Boston American Idol auditions. We also note that he is a member of several groups related to the Berklee College of Music.

Before his American Idol 2014 audition, Sam had been playing out and about locally, including a six week gig at MacAllisters Grill & Tavern. After telling the owners he was going out on vacation for three weeks, Sam returned to the restaurant for another gig — with the American Idol cameras in tow. “He’s just so talented and so attractive,” Christine Lawless, an audience member at the performance, told “I guess I know who I’m going to root for on American Idol this year.”

Sam Woolf American Idol Photos





  1. Therein lies the problem with the IDOL contestant selection process, where contestants are passed though based on maybe one or two songs without consideration of the range and depth of their entire performance repertoire. This young boy does have talent but his songs do sound the same to me as well. While IDOL keeps allowing posts bashing the Nicki Minaj/Mariah Carey disaster from last year and deleting others, the shows ratings/market share problem have much to do with the fact that the show is is 13 years old and the market is saturated with singing competitions (two of them produced from the same group IDOL and X-Factor). But it also has to do with the randomness of the talent evaluation process where so much emphasis is about contrived Stories the contests joke about amongst themselves. Baby, sick relative, ADD, Bullying this year hot topic etc etc etc. It is an Entertainment show which factors in race, demographics, and a storyline that producers hope people will buy into to watch although there seems to be a disproportionate share of African Americans (over 30% from pictures) in IDOLS leaked top 31 list. Maybe a byproduct of race discrimination suite filed against IDOL by a Group of African Americans who think they were wronged somehow.
    Idol holds separate private auditions based on their reviews of YouTube videos that hidden away from the other hopeful masses auditioning in the cities they visit but they are as disorganized and are as poorly done as the regular 15-30 second auditions on noisy arena floors with separated by black curtains

  2. He’d seriously expand his fan base if he’d broaden his vocal range and sing with that powerful deeper register he seems to have, given his deep, resonant speaking voice. That would turn a head or two. He’d be smokin hot.

  3. Sam is a great musician. He definitely has a career in music in his future. And beyond that, he is such a nice kid and he deserves this!

  4. Sam, the music business is a harsh mistress but U”ve the goods to succeed. It’s been wonderful to hear u sing, see u blossom & watch your family support over these months. Stay well. Play well. Sing well always. pcHux.

  5. Hey SAM…. my family & I will miss seeing you, we couldn’t wait until Wednesday to hear what you were going to sing. We wish you much success, God Bless you & your family!

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