Caleb, Sam, Jessica and C.J. were then called to the stage to hear their results. Randy thought that C.J. did a "good job," but "wanted more" from his performance. He said it'd be interesting to see how the results panned out for Jessica and praised Sam's growth over the season. Caleb got the most praise from Randy who gave him a solid "A" for his performance.

Sam survived another week as well. His performance of "Sail Away" by David Gray easily earned him a spot in the next round.

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Harry liked Sam's performance, but wasn't crazy about the song. "Familiarity is your friend," said Harry urging Sam to pick a well known song next time. Keith had simple feedback saying, "Keep doing what you're doing," and Jennifer thought he did "a great job."

Jessica Meuse chose "Sail Away" by David Gray for fan-favorite Sam Woolf. Jessica says she picked the song because she thought it suited Sam's voice and he agreed.

Alex Preston and Sam Woolf teamed up to perform a duet they'd worked out on the couch during down time. They updated the arrangement of Passenger's "Let Her Go" and tested it online to great success so they thought they'd do it for the show.

The two guys staged the performance in a faux living room to give the performance some authenticity. The crowd was really jamming with the duo, but Harry thought it was a little "saccharine." Keith thought it was cute, but did say it was hard to critique the duets. Jennifer put the conversation to an end saying, "I think the girls loved it." Demi Lovato thought it had "good energy," but would have liked to see more!

Caleb, Sam and Jessica walk the press line after the show.

Alex Preston and Sam Woolf took their places on stage during rehearsals.

Sam Woolf gives one lucky fan a photo outside the stage.

The Top 8 pose for a photo before the performance show.

Sam Woolf

The Top 7!

Sam Woolf

The contestants rallied around Malaya to support her after the elimination.

Sam Woolf may have been saved by the judges the previous week, but he earned a spot in the Top 7 with his unique rendition of "Time After Time."

Sam, Malaya, Alex and Jena were called to the stage next for their results.

Sam Woolf had everything to prove this week after being saved by the judges. He chose to put his own spin on "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper. In rehearsals David Cook thought Sam's vocals were "money," but he urged the artist to "own the stage" and get out of his own way. Turns out Sam Woolf didn't even step foot on the stage until his performance was over. He sang the entire hit from the audience surrounded by his fans.

Keith loved that Sam "did that with the acoustic guitar, solo," adding that all Sam needs now is to loosen up more. Jennifer thought Sam did a great job and noted that she "felt" Sam trying to feel the performance. Harry praised Sam's progress week to week, but gave him permission to sing to the girls around him in the future.

Harry put Sam on the spot by asking him how he felt after last week's save. Sam took the opportunity to thank the judges and said he'd been practicing and focusing a lot more. Keith reached out to Alex saying he liked the way the contestants' voices blended together.

Alex and Sam then hit the stage in what can only be described as a smooth and jazzy vocal battle for a girl with a cover of Michael Jackson's "The Girl Is Mine." These two fellas sure had all the ladies in the audience wishing they were singing about them.

The Top 8 celebrated after the save.

The IDOL™ guys celebrated surviving another week.

Sam Woolf answered questions after the show.

Sam Woolf laughed easily during rehearsals.

Jena, Alex and Sam hang out backstage.

Your Top 8 is Back!

Sam Woolf

The judges looked stern during Sam's performance, but in the end decided to use their one save of the season on the teen heart-throb from Florida.

Malaya Watson, Sam Woolf and C.J. Harris were in the bottom three!

After the nationwide vote, Sam Woolf was revealed to have received the lowest number of votes and was in danger in elimination. He chose to perform "Babylon" by David Grey. He put his heart and soul into the performance, but would it be enough?

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The duo's voices blended really well and the crowd really got into the performance! Malaya and Sam connected well during their performance and really played off each other.

Malaya and Sam teamed up to perform "Lucky" by Colbie Callait and Jason Mraz.

Sam Woolf was a "beautiful baby" with a "huge head" according to his grandparents. Their neighbors always knew when Sam was visiting because they'd hear him singing up and down the canals in Florida. Looking back at Sam's original audition of "Lego House" by Ed Sheeran the judges really responded to his amazing pitch. Sam sang the hit really quickly during his initial audition, but Wednesday he chose to slow the performance down. It was perhaps the most confident Sam Woolf has looked in the whole competition.

While Harry nothed that Sam's rendition of "Lego House" was the "best performance" he's done so far, he also gave Sam some practical advice. "When you hear all these young people scream acknowledge them. Pick someone and smile at them," he said.

It was back to the start as the Top 8 contestants took on their original audition songs live in front of America. We got a first hand look at how far all these talented performers have grown this season.

The Top 8 posed for a photo together on stage after Majesty Rose's elimination.

The IDOL™ guys rock out behind the scenes.

Alex and Sam had a little fun backstage before the show.

Sam, Majesty and Alex answered questions from reporters after the show.

Sam Woolf enjoyed a laugh on stage during rehearsals.

Your Top 8!

Sam Woolf

That put Majesty Rose, Sam Woolf and C.J. Roberts as the bottom three. Harry wasn't surprised at the contestants saying, "America is really, really smart." He went on to add that all the voting has been seemingly purely based on the week's performances and nothing else.

Sam Woolf took on the 2008 hit, "Hey There Delilah" to the delight of all the young ladies in the audience who all sighed at Sam under the romantic stage lights. The judges had praise for our young singer as well. Jennifer thought the song was "perfectly suited" for Sam, but added that he needed have a person he was thinking about while singing. Harry loved the "stripped down arrangement" that Sam picked, while Keith urged him to "soften the edges of the notes" when he sings.

Sam Woolf lives the quiet life in Bradenton, FL. He practices his instruments and plays local gigs. Sam loves that through IDOL, he gets a chance to "jam" with so many talented performers. "This is my first job," said Sam of his IDOL experience, "and it's a good job."

Sam Woolf was ready to hit the stage!

The Top 10 were pumped up and ready to go backstage before the show.

Sam Woolf checked out his appearance in the makeup mirror before the show.

Your Top 9!

Sam Woolf

The final contestants were then called to the stage for their results. Randy thought Sam "gave a great performance," and that Jena "showed her artistry." While Randy noted that the first half of MK's performance was great, he did say that the second half was a "train wreck." C.J. received the harshest criticism from Randy who said the young singer "just fell apart."

The judges were quick with their praise for Sam. Keith said "Great job, Sam," while Jennifer noted that the performance was way better than his effort last week. Harry said he thought Sam was "still holding back."

Sam Woolf was the last performer of the night. He confidently took the stage performing "We Are Young" by Fun featuring Janelle Monae. Sam was in the bottom three last week and he called the experience a "wake up call." He got the crowd going and ended the show with a bang.

C.J. Harris, Alex Preston and Sam Woolf answered questions after the show.

Sam Woolf jammed on his guitar.

The Top 10!

Sam Woolf

Jessica Meuse, Alex Preston, Jena Irene and Sam Woolf were the final contestants to receive their results. Randy thought that Sam did a "good job" of trying to crack his shell, but thought that Jessica Meuse didn't have a "standout performance." Randy had the ultimate praise for Alex saying, "He's everything an artist should really be." Randy was also really "proud" of Jena's performance. What would America think?

Jessica, Alex and Jena were declared safe and in a surprise twist, young hottie Sam Woolf joined Majesty and Ben in the bottom three! Tween girls across America were in tears.

Sam's performance of "Come Together" impressed the judges. While Keith urged Sam to loosen up even more he did say it was "great to see a different side" of him. Both Jen and Harry noticed Sam's improvement, but pushed for more. Jen said Sam was a "Baby rock star," but needs to be a big rock star. Harry echoed those sentiments saying, "I really think you're on your way to where you need to be."

Sam Woolf hit the stage first, taking a bit of a risk performing the classic "Come Together" from The Beatles. This was a side of young Sam Woolf we haven't seen before. He moved and sashayed around the stage like a young Harry Connick Jr.

Sam, C.J. and Alex posed for a photo backstage.

Emily Piriz and Sam Woolf pose for a selfie backstage.

Your Top 11!

Sam Woolf

Ryan called Emily, Sam, Jessica and Ben to the stage for their results. Randy coached each of the Top 12 before their performances and we got to see a little bit of their sessions before the results were revealed. Ryan called Emily's name first and wasted no time in sending her into the bottom three. Sam, Jessica and Ben were safe!

Harry started off the criticism saying Sam's effort was a “pleasant performance,” but adding that Sam seemed to have only one note emotionally. Keith was impressed saying he'd buy Sam's album now. Jennifer took the middle road urging Sam to push himself.

Baby faced crooner Sam Woolf chose to perform “Just One” by Blind Pilot because it reminded him of his childhood in Michigan. Sam began is performance seated and surrounded by gaggle of young ladies, a theme we're sure will continue throughout the season.

The contestants stuck together on the press line after the show.

The guy finalists posed for a friendly picture backstage.

Sam Woolf and Alex Preston posed for a photo during the show.

Sam Woolf

MK, Sam, Majesty and Dexter were the next contestants called to the stage to hear the results from the previous night. Randy noted that MK did "well" in her performance, but needs to get moving more. Randy praised Sam's voice, but noted that he needed to get his "performance to match his vocal power." He called Majesty's performance "fantastic," while noting that Dexter's effort wasn't his best performance. America's voted kept Sam, Majesty and Dexter safe. MK headed to the bottom three and was in danger of elimination. Keith noted that if MK was lucky enough to stay in the competition she need to work on her "emotional connection" to the song and the audience.

The judges were mostly on board with Sam's performance. Harry noted that because the song lyrics were imperfect and very important to the meaning of the song, he wished “the vocal had matched it.” Keith thought the tempo was a “bit slow,” while Jennifer noted that Sam was like a “quiet storm” who needed to learn to “come alive on stage.”

Teenage cutie Sam Woolf picked Matchbox Twenty's “Unwell” for his artist defining performance. Randy thought the song was “a perfect fit for his voice,” but Sam would need to “sell it.” Sam looked right at home on stage singing with his trusty guitar by his side.

Sam Woolf

Your Season XIII Top 13 Finalists!

Sam Woolf from Bradenton, Florida

17-year-old Sam Woolf was the next contestant to grab a coveted performance spot. The young heartthrob, who was recently accepted into the prestigious Berkley College of Music, certainly has the musical chops, but he struggled with his stage presence during Randy's workshop. Randy urged Sam to work hard on opening up and vocal coach Michael Orland advised him to not close his eyes while he performs. Sam took the stage a bit nervously, but soon hit his musical stride. The tweens in the audience were certainly eating up this young cutie's performance.

Keith noted the audience's overwhelming support of Sam saying, "The people like you, Sam and with good reason." Keith went on to say that Sam's voice was like pure "money." Jennifer praised his "perfect pitch," while Harry hoped that "tiny little tweaks" might help build Sam's confidence throughout the competition.

Sam Woolf

We got quick clips of Shelby Ann Marie Miller, hat fan Connor Zwetsch, and attractive Ethan Thompson before checking in with Sam Woolf. He played his guitar for an original song called "I Tried." He tried, alright - and it paid off with a seat in the Top 30. Jennifer got emotional after Sam left the room and she said "I'm really excited for him."

Talented grandson Sam Woolf put a subtle spin on John Mayer's "Waiting On The World To Change." He's so young, but he seems like he's already an artist. We got back-to-back doses of Adele from hometown standouts Keri Lynn Roche and Ayla Stackhouse. C.J. Harris took on Ray LaMontagne's soulful "Trouble" on his guitar and gave a performance that was even stronger than his initial audition. Jennifer Lopez stood up and then said, "That boy can sing," after shuddering off her goosies. In an evil/genius move, the judges had C.J. step forward - and all the people in the front line probably assumed they were safe. The judges then had him step back and announced that the back row is going through. That meant that Kerri Lynn and Sam are also though, but sweet Ayla is heading home...which is just a few blocks away.

Sam Woolf

Caleb, Sam, Jessica and C.J. were then called to the stage to hear their results. Randy thought that C.J. did a "good job," but "wanted more" from his performance. He said it'd be interesting to see how the results panned out for Jessica and praised Sam's growth over the season. Caleb got the most praise from Randy who gave him a solid "A" for his performance.

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