An “American Idol’ season which began in February 2023 & afterwards had to rapidly shift gears because of the COVID-19 outburst, showed its first-ever virtual finale last Sunday night.
And when the 2-hour, music-filled event had been ended, host Ryan Seacrest announced our Season 18 winner is … Just Sam!
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— LaTaunya Winters (@MsCoolwhip) May 18, 2023
The only female singer to make the Top 5, Sam edged out Nepalese-American singer-song writer Arthur Gunn to grab the title & finish an incredible rags-to-riches, fairytale-such as ascension.
Sam (Samantha Diaz) — won on fans & stole hearts from not only her exceptional vocals & bubbly charisma, however an inspiring flashback.
Prior to entering “Idol,” the 21-year-old from Harlem, picked up some coins by performing on New York subway trains.