The outbreak of the COVID-19 has brought the world to a halt. A worldwide lockdown is in progress and people are quarantined by the dozen. Every major industry has suffered a huge setback due to coronavirus. Several events such as Comic-Con, HeroesCon, The Hollywood Bowl, and EDC Las Vegas have been canceled in the wake of the chaos.
But at the same time, many reality shows have started with their virtual (at home) telecasts. These include the likes of Saturday Night Live (SNL), which have kicked off their at home editions for the first time. Another show to start its first-ever at-home edition is ABC’s smash hit singing reality show American Idol. And the ABC singing competition announced its winner on Sunday 17/05/2020.
Just Sam Becomes The Show’s First-Ever ‘At Home’ Winner
After the nationwide vote, Just Sam became the next idol of American Idol 2020. Just Sam beat out finalists Julia Gargano, Arthur Gunn, Dillon James, Louis Knight, Francisco Martin, and Jonny West to claim the title. The host and America’s heartthrob Ryan Seacrest told her she’d won the public vote while broadcasting from his garage. Arthur Gunn settled with the runner up spot.
Judge Luke Bryant congratulated the 21-year-old singer from Harlem after her win on Sunday night. In the wake of the chaos caused by the pandemic, the contestants were sent home for the Top20 phase. For the time in the show’s history, the show broadcasted a full remote episode from over 40 locations. All the contestant performances were shot with an iPhone.
Who Is Just Sam?
Just Sam or Samantha Diaz is a 21-year-old subway singer from Harlem, New York. She has managed to capture hearts over the weeks with her emotional backstory and some amazing singing skills. Just Sam broke down in tears while auditioning for the show last year in Washington D.C. She followed it up by a stunning the judges by performing Andra Day’s Rise Up. Rise Up will be released as Sam’s first single on Monday 18/5/2020.
Her mother was in jail and she was adopted by her Liberian grandmother Elisabeth at the age of 6. She thanked her grandmother for feeding her, taking care of her, and putting a roof over her head while she accepted the award. She took up the name Just Sam after being bullied over her appearance in high school.
The finale ended with a performance of the 1985 charity anthem We Are The World, led by co-writer Lionel Richie and his fellow judges