You may have missed Wednesday’s season premiere of “American Idol,” but you haven’t missed Sam Woolf’s entire stint on the show.
The 17-year-old Braden River High School student made his debut on the series Wednesday. He impressed the judges -- Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban -- who loved his rendition of Ed Sheeran’s “Lego House” and voted to send him on to the next round of the competition in Hollywood.
Woolf was one of the first contestants to appear on Wednesday’s show.
He taped a performance at MacAllisters in Lakewood Ranch in September, and bits of that performances, and some comments from his grandfather, were shown before Woolf performed for the judges.
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“Good lord, your pitch is incredible,” Urban told Woolf after his performance. “I really, really like the way you sing.”
Connick noted the tattoo on Woolf's arm.
“I didn't like the fact that you have a treble clef tatto on your arm," Connick said. "I have a 17-year-old daughter and I've been telling her she can’t have tattoo. And that tattoo looks frickin’ great on you.”
When it came time to vote, Urban voted yes.
Then came Connick’s turn.
“'I'm saying no,” he said, “to the tattoo, and yes to you.”
Lopez also voted yes.
The camera followed a jubilant Woolf offstage, where he got hugs from his family. Then it returned to the judges, who were still enthusing about Woolf.
“My daughters are gonna go crazy for that kid,” Connick said.
Woolf auditioned in Boston, where he was attending a summer program at Berklee College of Music.
Wednesday’s show featured auditions from Boston and Austin, Texas. Thursday’s show will feature more auditions from Austin, and from San Francisco.
Woolf has taped at least one more episode of the show, which will air before Feb. 18, but neither he nor “American Idol” officials will say how he fared on those shows.