The much-anticipated Hollywood Week round was featured on American Idol Season 20 Episode 6, which aired on Monday.
The contestants that receive golden tickets advance to the final round of auditions for a slot on the singing reality program. Sam Finelli was one of the competitors in the pop genre that was coached by Season 6 champion Jordin Sparks.
The contestant was shown in Episode 6 and seemed a little anxious before stepping on stage. However, once he got up there, he delivered an outstanding performance. The live audience applauded the artist when he performed Day Something by A Great Big World.
Despite his strong performance, the judges did not advance him to the next round. Many viewers were disappointed by his removal. Finelli confessed before his performance that he is autistic, which makes it difficult for him to perform in front of an audience or crowd. Because he was nervous, he even burst into tears as he ended his performance.
Fans expected to see more of him but he was eliminated from the show in the latest episode. Many thought Finelli was robbed and should have been selected for the next round.
While Sam Finelli was eliminated, Ava Maybee and Sir Blayke from the pop category were advanced to the next round.
American Idol Episode 6 was titled Hollywood Week: Genre Challenge and included judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie, as well as presenter Ryan Seacrest.