Given the choice Thursday night on American Idol to let a singer leave or keep everybody around and send two home next week, Sam Woolf voted for everyone to stay, but now he’s having second thoughts.
“I circled ‘yes,’ that I wanted to stay another week, that we should all stay another week,” says Woolf, who was eliminated from the show when the vote wasn’t unanimous. “After I circled it, I decided I was probably better off not having it like that.”
Woolf says he doesn’t know how all his fellow contestants voted.
Unlike many singers who leave Idol early, Woolf already has concrete plans beyond the summer tour. He has been accepted to Boston’s Berklee College of Music.
“So far, I’m planning on going in September, but if something happens or comes up, you never know,” says the 18-year-old, who attended the school’s five-week program for high school students last summer. “I really had fun with it. I really liked the Boston scene and living right in the city.”
As many viewers suspected, Woolf never really felt comfortable being thrust into the role of this season’s teen idol.
“I was just a singer/songwriter when I came on,” he says. “I didn’t really think I fell into the heartthrob category until later, when they placed me in it.”
Woolf did seem to loosen up some this week after being mentored by Jason Mraz, who Woolf says gave him good suggestions.
“He said I shouldn’t be nervous, that I had to own the stage and not really worry about how others would look at me,” Woolf says. “The way I stand was another thing. He said I should have the microphone tilted up a little bit.”
Woolf is slated to graduate from high school May 31, but he’s not sure if he’ll get to walk with his class. He returns home to Florida on Friday, but he’ll be there for only a week and a half before returning to Los Angeles to begin preparations for the finale and the upcoming American Idols Live summer tour.
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