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Harlem Native, Just Sam, Becomes the First Singer to Win 'American Idol' From Home

Coronavirus hit the entertainment world hard with mass shutdowns on production. However, the singing competition, “America Idol” was able to pivot to virtual episodes to conclude the rest of the season. On Sunday, the show aired its season finale and crowned contestant Samantha Diaz, better known as “Just Sam” — a Harlem native — as their first-ever “at-home” winner for their third ABC season. The 21-year-old singer rejoiced in her historic moment telling host Ryan Seacrest, “My dreams have come true — Thank you America — I would have never, ever, ever expected this.” From a subway singer to a nationally-known star, Just Sam has become a fan favorite on the show this season. She wowed judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan during her initial audition in New York. Growing up in New York City Housing Authority, Just Sam came from humble beginnings. 1010 Wins News reported that she was accustomed to living in poverty. “We never got...

May 18, 2020