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Review: Bradenton's Sam Woolf sings 'Hey There Delilah' on 'American Idol'

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Bradenton resident and "American Idol" Top 9 finalist performs during the live episode of the Fox show airing Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

Sam Woolf continues to turn in musically impressive performances that fall just short of convincing the celebrity judges — Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. — that our boy from Bradenton has the stage presence required to be the next "American Idol."

Tonight, the senior at Braden River High School performed "Hey There Delilah," the smash 2006 ballad  by pop punk band Plain White T's. The 17-year-old implemented his pitch-perfect, sonorous vocals but left the judges wanting more during the Top 9 episode with the meaningless theme "I'm with the Band."

Bradenton's Sam Woolf ready to defy odds on 'American Idol': interview

The judges all seemed obsessed with who Woolf's "Delilah" — the romantic interest in the song — might be in real life. Pressed by host Ryan Seacrest, Woolf said it was his grandma. When not in Los Angles doing "idol" stuff, he lives with her and his grandpa in Bradenton.

Luckily, it's the voting public, not the judges, that will decide if Woolf becomes the next "American Idol."

"Tonight was the most comfortable I have felt on the stage and I hope to conintue to grow each week," Woolf said tonight after his performance. "I really thought it was a good song choice for me."

This week's results episode of "American Idol" airs 9 p.m. Thursday on Fox. Check out our Sam Woolf website with interviews we conducted, videos, photo galleries and reviews of his performances on "Idol."



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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.
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