Just Sam (age 21) performed “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson during the Finale of American Idol 2020 (Season 18).
Lionel Richie commented, “Our little girl has grown up. It’s no more ‘poor me Sam’, it’s called ‘look at me Sam’. What you gave us in that performance was attitude, girlfriend. You killed it.”
Katy Perry said Sam will never go back to singing on the subway unless she just wants to do it for fun. “Your life has changed and that’s because of you. Just keep on working it.”
Luke Bryan said Sam is a wonderful, blessed singer. “That performance right there shows us why you’re here. What a beautiful moment.”
Just Sam, a subway singer from Harlem, New York whose real name is Samantha Diaz, was voted as the winner of American Idol 2020. She competed against the other Top 5 finalists Arthur Gunn (Runner-up), Francisco Martin, Jonny West, and Dillon James.
Just Sam Gives a Strong Performance Of A Kelly Clarkson Bop – American Idol 2020
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” is the titular song from Kelly Clarkson’s fifth studio album, Stronger (2011) and is the second single from said album. The song became Clarkson’s third song to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart and her longest-running number-one single on the chart. It also topped fifteen other Billboard charts. “Stronger” earned three Grammy Award nominations, and a World Music Award nomination.
American Idol Season 18 premiered at 8PM, February 16, 2020 on ABC television and airs Sundays at 8/7c. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, filming of American Idol was temporarily suspended and contestants were sent home. Production resumed in late April, with all of the contestants performing from their homes.
Ryan Seacrest continues his role as the show’s host and Bobby Bones returns as the in-house mentor. Despite budget cuts, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie come back as judges for their third season of the series.
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