We’ve reached the final round of American Idol Hollywood Week, and let’s just say the process has been a doozy! Grueling rehearsals, clashing personalities, and mounting illnesses have all taken their toll on the contestants — not to mention the possibility of their dreams coming crashing down around them.

That said, some of the hopefuls seem more than ready to compete for the Top 30, including 17-year-old Sam Woolf. Despite his young age, Sam’s clearly got the talent and emotional depth to make it to the finals. He takes the stage with a tear-jerking original song which he wrote after his mom moved away.

“Choosing to play an original was my first instinct,” Sam explains. “I know it’s a risk but I’m just going to go for it.”

Taking the long elevator ride up to meet the judges, Sam can only hope that his risk has paid off.

“I have to say, this was the most intense week ever,” starts J.Lo. “I think it’s because we had so many great people. At the end of the day, the difficult task for us is honing it down to who is the American Idol. And at the end of the day, we really believe that that could be you.”

And with that, Sam has made it through to the Top 30!

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