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Samantha Diaz, known professionally as Just Sam, was a contestant in Season 18 of American Idol.

Audition Edit

Sam auditioned in Washington D.C. She started to sing "You Say" by Lauren Daigle but stopped almost immediately because of her nerves. Afterwards, she sang "Rise Up" by Andra Day. All three judges voted "yes", sending her to the next round.

Hollywood Round Edit

Sam was shown in the "R&B" category for the "Genre Challenge", alongside Cyniah Elise, Makayla Phillips, and Jordan Jones. She sang "Hearts Ain't Gonna Lie" by Arlissa. Afterwards, the judges told her she advanced. She was later shown in a duet with Sheniel Maisonet called "Short Fuze" singing "Mercy" by Shawn Mendes. Both members of the duet advanced. For her final Solo performance, she sang "I'm Here" by Cynthia Erivo. She was later placed in the same deliberation room as Shannon Gibbons, Jeb Vonderbruegge, Jovin Webb, Nick Merico, Robert Taylor, Geena, Bilaal Avaz, Dillon James, Aliana Jester, Demi Rae, and Louis Knight, where the judges revealed that everyone had advanced.

Hawaii Round Edit

Sam sang "Como La Flor" by Selena entirely in Spanish. Afterwards, during the Final Judgment, the judges told her that she did enough to become a Top 20 semifinalist.

Top 20 Edit

Performances Edit

Round Song Choice Original Artist Theme (if any) Result
Auditions "You Say" and "Rise Up" Lauren Daigle and Andra Day None Safe
Hollywood Week "Hearts Ain't Gonna Lie" Arlissa Hollywood Round 1 Safe
Hollywood Week "Mercy" Shawn Mendes Hollywood Round 2 Safe
Hollywood Week "I'm Here" Cynthia Erivo Hollywood Round 3 Safe
Hawaii Round "Como La Flor" Selena Showcase Round Advanced

Trivia Edit

  • Sam sang on the subways of New York prior to auditioning for American Idol.

Gallery Edit


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