Harry Connick Jr. explained to the press after last night’s American Idol results show why the judges decided to save Sam Woolf after it was revealed he had the lowest number of votes.
The Hollywood Reporter reports:
Speaking to reporters after the results were announced, Harry Connick Jr. revealed that the judges knew they would use the save as soon as they saw that Malaya Watson, Sam Woolf and C.J. Harris were in the bottom.
“As soon as we saw who the three were, we immediately started saying, ‘What does each of these people bring to the competition if we give them the save?’ We talked about all three of them, and when we heard it was Sam, we started flying back-and-forth,” he said. “I think ultimately we decided to use it on Sam because we think he needs to be in the competition. He brings some things to it that are unique to him; and we get one save, and we thought he was the guy to use it on.”
In this interview, with Lexi TV, Harry stresses that they used The Save because they felt they needed to use it. Not because they were running out of time.
“We all came to the conclusion that Sam deserved The Save,” says Harry.
When asked what it was that sparked the decision to save Sam, Harry thought for a moment and said, “His improvement. He’s improving every week.” Harry added, “And he’s listening. He has a great voice. He seems to have a lot of appeal. And he’s smart. I think he’s really letting things sink in.”
Harry continued, “[Sam] brings things that other people don’t bring, and vice versa.
Well. If you say so Harry! I see a sweet, young guy, who sings with beautiful intonation, but has yet to tap into his artistry. He performs from behind a wall every time he takes the stage. It’s a flaw that’s not going to be fixed in the next couple of weeks. He’s got to get out and experience life. In a few more years, when he gains some perspective, he may be able to tap into his emotions. If that happens, there will be no stopping him.