AMERICAN Idol fans have slammed the producers for appearing disappointed former winner Samantha Diaz, known as Just Sam.
Just Sam left fans devastated as she returned to singing on the New York City subway this month – despite winning season 18 in 2020.
Just Sam was signed to Hollywood Records but left the label before ever recording a song after struggling with the environment.
As a result, the 24-year-old had to pay the label money and caused her harm go bankrupt.
“I wasn’t the one who drew [my ‘Rise Up performance’] “Hollywood Records did that,” Just Sam previously revealed.
Her followers have now criticized American Idol for not giving her enough “support” after the show.
One wrote on Reddit, “The show goes out of its way to portray everyone as one big happy family where the producers and judges are there to support all of these contestants.”
“If something egregious like the Sam thing happens, Idol should at least talk about it, even if it’s the contestant’s fault.”
Another added: “Shame on the show for letting them down so badly after their win. During Covid she obviously needed more support than she was willing to give.”
A third posted: “It’s a real shame as she is so talented but seems to be struggling with her life and not receiving the right guidance.”
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Earlier this month, Just Sam announced she was back busking on the New York City subway system.
SAM EXPLAINS HIMSELF
On May 1st, she 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 it with other artists, hoping they don’t experience the same things I did when it came to making it live.”
“My season had COVID-19 that literally brought the world to a standstill and a lot of people were in 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.”
“LET ME DOWN”
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.”
“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.
After several videos were posted on her Instagram of Just Sam singing on the subway, fans began to worry.
Appalled at where the former actress was in her career, they blamed the show in the Just Sam comments section.
The singer later claimed in a cryptic message on Instagram that she wasn’t allowed to tell her full story.