‘American Idol’ Judges Break Down Over Subway Singer Just Sam’s Emotional Audition

Just Sam audition of Andra Day Rise Up on American Idol

Tears were a-plenty during the first night of auditions on ABC’s American Idol, but no contestant affected judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie the way subway singer Just Sam did. In the promotional package about the 20-year-old aspiring singer from Harlem, viewers learned that Samantha Diaz, who goes by the stage name “Just … Read more

Blind Contestant Shayla Winn Brings Lionel Richie to Tears During “American Idol” Audition

Shayla Winn sings Andra Day Rise Up as Lionel Richie cries

Every so often a really inspiring story comes along on the reality competition series Amercian Idol. This season, Shayla Winn—who goes by Shayy— is that inspiration. Pronounced legally blind a year ago, the 17-year-old didn’t let that stop her from giving the performance of a lifetime. Shayy introduced herself to judges, Lionel Richie, Katy Perry … Read more