COMMENTS

Top 10: Things to know about Sam Woolf

/
AI_WOOLF_FEB_19_B_4453131

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: Sam Woolf performs in front of the judges on Wednesday, Feb. 19 (8:00-10:00 PM ET / PT) on FOX. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. Copyright 2014 / FOX Broadcasting.

Perhaps you've heard, local high school student Sam Woolf has become a national celebrity thanks to his finalist status on "American Idol." Here are 10 things you really should know about the teenager.

1. Sam Woolf lives with his grandparents, Elroy and Jackie Woolf, in Bradenton and has performed solo, accompanying himself on guitar, at numerous venues across Manatee County including the Bradenton Farmer's Market on Feb. 8.

2. A pitch-perfect singer and accomplished songwriter, Woolf reached the Top 10 on "American Idol" last week after delivering a well-meaning but misguided performance of The Beatles' "Come Together" the day before.

3. A senior a Braden River High School, Woolf's peers have been gathering there Wednesday nights to watch him perform in Los Angeles on live TV. “I’m not really sure if anyone knew who I was (at Braden River) but now they do,” Woolf told me. “They’re very supportive. I heard they’re having the shows on in the auditorium whenever ‘Idol’ is on and everyone is watching it.”

Will local student Sam Woolf survive this week on 'American Idol'?

4. As member of the elite Top 10, Woolf is guaranteed a spot playing the nation's biggest venues as part of the "American Idols LIVE! Tour 2014.” Last year, for instance, the tour stopped at the Amway Center in Orlando and previous “American Idols” shows have come to the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

5. Woolf's best friend on the show is Alex Preston. Why? "We just are," Woolf told me during an unpublished portion of a recent phone interview.

Before the 'Woolfpack,' he was just shy Sam Woolf

6. The 941's last "American Idol" finalist, current Broadway star Syesha Mercado," is a fan of Sam. “I’ve checked out his videos and his ‘Idol’ auditions. I’m extremely impressed with his talent,” Mercado said in a recent phone interview with the Herald-Tribune. “It’s really cool to have someone be a part of the ‘Idol’ journey from my hometown.”

7. Woolf has already been accepted by the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he will study “songwriting and more music theory,” he told me.

8. A superb singer-songwriter, Woolf's original song "I Tried"earned glowing reviews from the judges Feb. 12. 

9.  Sam Woolf's army of Twitter followers use the hashtag #Woolfpack, which you will see lots of if you follow me at @wtatangelo.

10.  He turns 18 on April 19. As much as he would like to enjoy a birthday bash back here in Bradenton, he really hopes to be Hollywood on his way to being the next “American Idol.” “Hopefully, I’ll still be competing,” Woolf told me. “That would be the best birthday present.”

"American Idol" airs at 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays on Fox. Check out our Sam Woolf website with interviews we conducted, videos, photo galleries and reviews of his performances on "Idol."



Wade_Tatangelo_by_Mike_Lang_HT_06212013
WADE TATANGELO is the editor of TICKET + and a contributor at TicketSarasota.com. He has been an entertainment editor, reporter, columnist and reviewer for more than a decade at publications nationwide. He is a Hershey, Pa., native who grew up in Tampa and graduated from the University of South Florida. Wade joined the Herald-Tribune in 2013. He can be reached by email or call (941) 361-4955.
Last modified: March 19, 2014
All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be published without permissions. Links are encouraged.
COMMENTS