American Idol winner Just Sam has no idea what performances will be like after the pandemic (Credits: ABC)
The season three finale of American Idol saw Just Sam crowned as the winner while in quarantine by herself in a West Hollywood apartment.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the singer missed out on the usual fanfare of weekly performances in front of the judges and a live studio audience that usually take place in the final weeks of the singing competition.
And Sam – real name Samantha Diaz – has no clue what her first post-pandemic performance will be like, but the 21-year-old is ready to face any challenges to come.
The show’s first LGBTQ+ winner admitted to Metro.co.uk that she can’t even begin to imagine what live shows will be like after life returns to ‘normal’.
Sam explained: ‘I have no idea what it’s going to be like when I play my first time for a live audience, especially after COVID-19. Will things ever be the same?
‘I’ve only even been to one concert – I got see Justin Bieber concert once as a gift – so I didn’t even have much concert experience.
Just Sam missed out on performing in front of a live audience at the finale (Picture: ABC/Getty Images)
She continued: ‘It’s like “What is my first concert gonna be like?” After Covid-19? After 2020? We literally have no idea.’
But Just Sam knows she’s keen to tour globally once it is safe enough to do so, and she’s going to take her supportive grandmother along for the adventure.
She laughed: ‘I’ve always been adventurous but I was just too poor to travel. Now that I may be more able to travel plan on going, you know, a language interaction early.
‘The UK is definitely one of those places I’ve always also wanted to go to. I want to travel a lot so now that I probably can and I would like to take my grandmother to places with me.’
Sam added: ‘She’s never been abroad because she’s been working her whole life. Since she adopted me, she hasn’t had time to travel. So I’d love to take her everywhere with me.’
Until it’s time to get a show on the road, Sam could be tempted to set up her own production from home.
She joked: ‘All I gotta do is call the Idol team. For these past few weeks, we had to do so much ourselves but we had the team helping to walk us through. I feel like I not only won the show but also learnt so many new skills as well.
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‘Maybe I can have a talk show with my grandmother and do some performances. Maybe I can get some other Idols too.’
The full series of American Idol is now available in the UK on Netflix, while the show airs on ABC in the US.
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