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Post-'Idol,' Sam stays busy

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By SHELBY WEBB

BRADENTON

While Sam Woolf’s quest to become the next “American Idol” is over, the 18-year-old’s schedule has barely slowed since he was voted off the reality singing competition on Thursday.

He’s in Bradenton this weekend before flying to New York for a Monday morning appearance on “Live! With Kelly and Michael,” said his grandfather, Roy Woolf.

The Braden River High School senior will be back Tuesday for a longer break, until Sunday, May 11, his grandfather said.

Roy Woolf said that after the intense “Idol” schedule of working seven days a week, Sam is glad to have any sort of a break.

“He’s relieved to be off the show,” Roy said. “It’s a hard thing for him. I got a text message from Harry Connick Jr. the other day, and he said ‘Idol’ is like getting five years of professional music college experience in a few months.”

Those in Manatee County have been waiting for the teen’s homecoming and a chance to gush over his success.

Realize Bradenton is working to schedule a VIP invitation-only “Welcome Back” breakfast Tuesday or Wednesday morning. The Del Couch Foundation is making plans for several public appearances.

Roy said city officials from Bradenton and Palmetto plan to give Sam keys to each of the cities. He’ll also receive a state proclamation honoring him for contributions to Florida.

Del Couch, who worked closely with Sam before “Idol” through his music foundation, said Sam’s successes have inspired his other students.

“It’s been an incredible inspiration to all of them,” Couch said. “It’s motivated kids who had come before Sam, who were lazy about doing their projects, to finish and complete their CDs.”

Couch said Sam will not be able to perform publicly until after this season of “American Idol” ends.

While Roy Woolf said his grandson is thrilled about the local accolades, the teen was most excited to hear that the Berklee College of Music would offer him a full-ride scholarship to study music at its Boston campus.

The college had already accepted Sam and allowed him to delay his acceptance so he could compete on “American Idol.”

“Everybody’s going to want a piece of Sam Woolf,” Roy Woolf said. “We’re thrilled he was in the Top Five. He’ll be successful because he made it that far.”

Roy paused.

“He’s a winner.”

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