American Idol fans are praising the show for ‘failed’ winner Just Sam as she sings at a New York subway stop in heartbreaking new video

AMERICAN Idol fans have called out the singing competition after not standing by one of their first place winners.

American Idols Champion 2020 Samantha Diaz shared another heartbreaking video of her passionately singing at a subway station Instagram on Friday.

2020 American Idol winner Samantha Diaz remains in her heartbreaking predicament


2020 American Idol winner Samantha Diaz remains in her heartbreaking predicamentPhoto credit: Getty
Samantha, who calls herself Just Sam, is back singing for money in the New York City subway stations


Samantha, who calls herself Just Sam, is back singing for money in the New York City subway stationsCredit: Instagram/samanthadiaz

Samantha, who goes by the name of Just Sam, performed a powerful a cappella rendition of Koryn Hawthorne’s gospel song “Speak the Name” to people passing through the subway station.

Dressed comfortably, the 24-year-old wore a light gray tracksuit clad in red and white Nike Sneakers.

At the foot where Just Sam was standing was a box with a slot in it to make it easier for her to store the donations she sang for.

Not too many pedestrians seemed to be paying attention to Just Sam; However, one fan put some money in her box after listening to her.

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When she finished talking, she bowed graciously to the few onlookers and turned to the filming camera to say “thank you.”


Idol fans were appalled at where the former actress was in her career and took to Just Sam’s comments section to blame the show.

“Great voice but American Idol let her down,” explained one fan.

Another captioned: “This is crazy…you deserve your American Idol win…because you’re talented!! How can we not get studio music!!”

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A third repeated, “What happened that she was supposed to be on American Idol?”

Other fans wanted to know why her singing career didn’t take off after “Idol.”

One fan asked: “You won American Idol to take you to the next level in your life. What happened to you singing on the street again?”


Earlier this month, Just Sam announced that she would be singing along again New York City’s Subway system for money just three years after she won Idol.

On May 1st, Just Sam released one Video of herself on Instagram singing on the subway and explaining how she went broke after the finale.

Just Sam made a heartbreaking confession in her lengthy post.

“In 2021 I was totally embarrassed to have to go back to the train. I didn’t want people to know I really needed the money, and I didn’t want people to know it wasn’t optional,” she wrote.

“I was disappointed in myself for dropping so low after winning Idol, but then I had to take it easy and remember that I started my journey with Idol when I was 20 years old. I didn’t even know anything about Hollywood or the music industry.”

She continued, “I’ve learned so much since then and I’ve been able to take my experiences and share them with other artists, hoping they don’t experience the same things I did when it came to making it live.”

“For my season there was COVID-19 which literally caused the world to shut down and many people to go into hiding, not knowing what was going to happen next.


“I was very unsure of what was to come. A few months after the win, I wasn’t sure what was coming next, but I was ready and waiting for whatever was to come.”

Just Sam continued: “Everyone wants to know what happened and why this or why that and I’ll answer those questions one day but in the meantime I’ll say this. I never expected to win but I did, I was so grateful and I know people feel like I let them down.

“I used to feel like I was letting myself down and everyone else. I know there’s more to come. I know that everything happens for a reason and I know that no matter how things are going, that too will pass.”

“I’m not like any other contestant who’s ever had the chance to be a part of the American Idol production. My year was unlike any other.”

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“My grandmother is who I have and who I always had, and she knows absolutely nothing about the music industry. She just knows how to listen and praise a good singer when she hears one,” she shared.

Just Sam concluded: “We didn’t know what to do with the win, mostly because we had absolutely no help. There are people who have had more success than me and that’s good for them. I’m happy for her, but I’m not.” Her. I don’t like my situation, but it won’t stay like this forever.

Many Idol fans blame the show for wasting Just Sam's career


Many Idol fans blame the show for wasting Just Sam’s careerPhoto credit: Getty
Other Idol fans are wondering why Just Sam's career didn't expand beyond the reality show


Other Idol fans are wondering why Just Sam’s career didn’t expand beyond the reality showCredit: Instagram/samanthadiaz
Sam explained the reasons behind her return to the Tube stations in a social media post


Sam explained the reasons behind her return to the Tube stations in a social media postCredit: Instagram/samanthadiaz


CELINE CASTRONUOVO is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. CELINE CASTRONUOVO joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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