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American Idol

Watch Sam Woolf Sing “Hey There Delilah” in American Idol 2014 Top 9 — March 26, 2014

Well, we made it American Idol fans. We’ve officially arrived at the single digits for Season 13! Last week, we watched as the country said goodbye to MK Nobilette after she failed to overcome stage fright and deliver superstar performances. It was a hard hit, that’s for sure — not just because MK was talented, but because she made history as the show’s first openly gay contestant ever.

While it was tough to see her go, the show must go on! Tonight (March 26), the remaining 9 contenders will perform songs to the theme of “I’m With the Band.” They’ve been tasked with taking on tunes by rock royalty, as the live Idol band plays in the background.

Next to take the stage is 17-year-old Sam Woolf, who — despite giving one of his best performances ever last week — still has to prove to the judges that he can come onstage showing both confidence and personality. Taking on “Hey There Delilah” by the Plain White Ts, Sam gets closer to that goal than he ever has before.

“I mentioned last week that you need to be self-assertive,” says Harry. “That has nothing to do with the fact that you’re this sweet, shy, really nice young man. Being self-assertive is just being determined to present yourself in the way you want to be presented. This is how I see you presented — in a striped down, bare bones musical environment. This is probably the most comfortable I’ve seen you.

Do you think Sam deserves to make it to the Top 8? Sound off in the comments!

03.26.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Jager Weatherby
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