sam woolf eliminated american idol 'American Idol': Sam Woolf isn't mad at the finalists who voted to send him homeSam Woolf seemed just as calm and collected following his
dramatic exit from “American Idol” in fifth place as he does every week
after the show. The 18-year-old Florida singer has gotten criticism for
his sometimes-robotic onstage actions, but his laid-back demeanor comes
in handy after being booted from the FOX singing competition.

“I’m
cool,” he tells Zap2it and a small group of reporters backstage after
his elimination show. “I handle situations like this alright and making
the Top 5 is awesome.”

Besides — he knew that his
performance during America’s Choice week wasn’t his best. “I kind of had
a feeling last night, I think I told you guys that? I just had a bad
vibe about last night after my performance,” he says.

The
producers of the show must’ve really wanted him to stick around, because
Woolf not only received the Judges’ Save, he could’ve also been the
beneficiary of the show’s very first elimination twist. Before Ryan
Seacrest read the results, he told the contestants that the elimination
could go differently this week: If they unanimously voted “yes,” whoever
was going to be eliminated could stick around until next week, which
would then see two singers go home.

But although three people
were amenable to this very obvious manipulation by the powers that be —
Woolf included — two of the singers didn’t want to play along and
Woolf ended up going home anyway. He doesn’t have any hard feelings
against his fellow finalists who voted “no,” though.

“I did vote for everyone to stay, but after I’d circled the ‘yes’
we decided we shouldn’t have it changed because two people would be
going home next week and that seemed worse. We wanted to stick to the
one person originally each week,” he says.

He, like
his fellow Top 5 singers, were not pleased about the entire situation.
“I was kind of mad actually. They didn’t really tell us, but when they
told us that keeping someone for another week was an option we kind of
all huddled together and decided we shouldn’t really.”

Woolf
will be back in Los Angeles for the finale in three weeks, and after
that he can’t wait to spend his summer on the “Idol” tour with his
castmates. “The tour is coming up and I want to make an album. I definitely want to
do that and write with some cool people. I think it would be cool to do
that, especially some of my biggest influences.”