On the April 3 episode of ‘American Idol,’ Sam Woolf was saved from elimination by the judges after America’s vote landed him in the bottom. However, I’m not so sure that he deserved the coveted, once-a-season save — especially not so soon into the finals!
Before a pack of tweens come at me with pitchforks, let me explain: it’s not that I think that Sam Woolf, 17, isn’t talented, nor do I think that he doesn’t deserve to still be in the competition. However, I really don’t think that the judges should have used their one-time-only save on a contestant like Sam, whose performances have often been inconsistent. Furthermore, we’re only in the Top 8! The judges are sure to regret using their save so soon. Do you agree?
‘American Idol’: Sam Woolf Shouldn’t Have Been Saved From Elimination By The Judges
First of all, I just want to be totally clear: I love Sam. He’s super cute, he’s talented, and he seems like a sweet kid. However, he’s only 17, and it doesn’t seem like he’s reached his stride as a performer yet. And that’s totally fine! Also, I’m not really interested in hating on a teenager who has only just been thrust into the spotlight, so hear me out.
The fact is that, despite Sam’s vocal female fanbase, he has often found himself in the bottom of the pack after America’s voting. He was in the bottom for his performance of “Come Together,” for “Hey There Delilah,” and on April 3, he was nearly sent home for his performance of “Lego House” — which, by the way, we loved. But America didn’t, and it doesn’t look like America ever really will. The judges, by stepping in when there are still 8 weeks left in the finals, have totally wasted their chance to save performers that have been a) more consistent and b) that America has shown more love toward.
‘American Idol’: Sam Woolf Has Been In The Bottom Three Times
I mean, I can’t overstate the fact that Dexter Roberts is really not my cup of tea, but he’s been a frontrunner for the competition since it started. If he found himself in the bottom by some fluke, the judges wouldn’t be able to save someone who — if they won — would sell a ton of records for American Idol because America loves themselves a country-singing, farm boy Idol. We also fear for our girls Malaya Watson and Jena Irene, and our boyfriend Alex Preston. And Caleb Johnson!
It’s true that, at the end of the day, the vote for the next American Idol should lie in the hands of the American audience, but the judges happen to have a save and it was wasted on someone who just may very well end up in the bottom again next week. But hey, you never know — maybe this will spur Sam’s audience into action, keeping him in the top for the rest of the competition.
Do you agree, HollywoodLifers? Should the judges have used their save on Sam? Are you happy that he’s staying, or are you more worried for one of your favorites? Let us know!
— Amanda Michelle Steiner