Just Sam - American Idol S18

Season 18: Just Sam


The first-ever remote finale (due to the coronavirus pandemic) saw a final five face-off between Dillon James, Francisco Martin, Just Sam, Arthur Gunn and Jonny West, who each performed during two rounds, giving them two chances to win over voters and capture America's heart. In the end, Just Sam was confirmed as the new American Idol champion, and she celebrated with her grandma via video chat from her performance space at her home. "This is exactly, like, my dreams have come true," the overwhelmed songstress said, struggling to find the words to express her excitement. "Thank you so much, America. I never, ever would have expected this!" ET spoke with Sam after her big win, and the 20-year-old songstress reflected on how, even when it came down to just her and Gunn, she never expected to win. "When [Ryan] said 'Our next American Idol is...' I was like, 'Congratulations, Arthur,' in my head," Sam recalled with a laugh. "I didn't even expect to make it this far into the competition, but I did."

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