Well, as most of you know, the judges used their one save on 17-year-old Sam Woolf last night and his Idol mates went wild. The blizzard of confetti cast a colorful veil over the ecstatic young faces of the the contestants, still numbering eight. Apparently, judges Keith Urban, Harry Connick, Jr., and Jennifer Lopez felt there was a future for the shy, awkward boy with the sweet face and dreamy eyes, and the voice like honey. Sam reminds me of another gorgeous, sweet-faced, dreamy-eyed, teen singer. Ricky Nelson
Back in the day, I was in LUH with Ricky Nelson, the guy with the voice like a summer breeze, soft and warm and utterly enticing to a teenage girl. It took Ricky a while to look comfortable in front of a camera, too, even though he had spent most of his life in front of them. Let’s hope Sam Woolf doesn’t take that long. He seems to be thawing out slowly but surely.
Contestants who shared the bottom three with Sam were Malaya Watson and C.J. Harris. I’m so glad C.J. is still hanging in there. I also like Idol’s new way of counting down to the bottom three. It’s so much nicer to see their faces on the big screen and seeing their big open smiles of relief when they know they are safe.
And wasn’t that a great new song, “Waiting for Superman”, by Chris Daughtry and his band. Wow! Loved it!! I love Chris, but he hasn’t had many songs that I’ve liked. This one is a hit with me. I wish he would record the Johnny Cash song he revised on American Idol when he was a contestant.
Great show last night. Wonder who will step up their game next week and who will go home. Haven’t a clue. See you next time.