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‘American Idol’ Winner Samantha ‘Just Sam’ Diaz Shocks Fans by Debuting a Brand New Look

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Samantha “Just Sam” Diaz, who won American Idol in 2020, has undergone a major style transformation as they embark on the next phase of their music career. After struggling post-show, Just Sam expressed that they are ready for a glamorous comeback.

Just Sam Ditches Casual Style For New Glam Look

When Just Sam first auditioned for American Idol in 2020, they were making ends meet by singing in the New York City subway system, donning a simple sweatsuit. After winning season 18, pandemic barriers prevented the young singer from capitalizing on their victory.

By 2023, Just Sam was back to singing in the subway to get by. In more recent months, the performer unveiled a brand new look on Instagram, trading in shorts and sweats for glam ensembles, long blonde locks, and full makeup.

Just Sam showed off the dramatic change on Instagram in glam photos. Some fans expressed concern about the non-binary artist losing their identity. However, Just Sam made it clear this makeover reflects growing up and finally dressing how they want.

“I’m not 20 years old anymore – I’m not a little girl anymore,” Just Sam wrote on Instagram. “I’m growing up so either accept it, unfollow me or just get blocked.”

New Management Deal Sparks Just Sam’s Momentum

Along with an image revamp, Just Sam also signed with a new management company focused on diverse, queer artists. After viral subway singing videos attracted industry interest, Just Sam’s schedule is filling up with gigs.

On social media, the singer teased exciting projects in the works with their supportive new team. With fresh representation and a glamorous look, Just Sam seems poised for a major comeback.

Just Sam Remains Grateful Despite Post American Idol Struggles

In an interview, Just Sam confessed that after their American Idol win, inexperience led to backing out of their record deal without understanding the consequences. However, the singer harbors no resentment.

“I’m grateful for them,” Just Sam said. “They changed my life forever. Even though it’s not in the way I expected.”

Just Sam added that they want to inspire others with their story of perseverance.

“This is not the end of the story,” the vocalist said. “Keep on fighting, keep on working hard, and it will pay off.”

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