The Season 18 winner of American Idol was revealed on Sunday as the hit ABC singing competition crowned its new champion with Just Sam. But in the end, it turned out to be a tightly-contested final top as the competition was narrowed down from the Top 7 that entered into the evening.
With America voting for the winner, Just Sam that edged out Arthur Gunn as the final two contestants. Rounding out the top five was Francisco Martin, Johnny West and Dillon James. The night saw Louis Knight and Julia Gargano rounding out the Top 7. Just Sam is the second female winner in the past three years with Maddie Poppe winning two years ago. As is the case every year when a new winner is announced, social media is flooded with reactions. Here are some of the most notable tweets that poured in after the finale.
So happy that Just Sam won #AmericanIdol her story captivated me from her very first audition!!— Fatima (@fafabeans) May 18, 2020
#AmericanIdol Season 18 concluding thoughts:
- Given the circumstances, I think TPTB and the contestants did the best with what they had. Everybody clearly grew more comfortable as the live shows went on in terms of staging and singing into an iPhone.— Tim Kowske (@tkowske48) May 18, 2020