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Sam Finelli Bio, Height, Gay, Partner, Age, American Idol

Meet Sam Finelli, the autistic singer who audition for American Idol in 2022. After the audition fans were wondering about several aspects related to his life besides music. Here, you’ll learn about his parents and siblings, education, job, social media reach, and height.

Moreover, we also address the rumors of Sam being gay and also address his partner.

Sam Finelli On American Idol

Same Finelli was the last contestant of the day. An autistic man, often shy away from people but has done karaoke around his town which he found exciting. His mom explained that he is high functioning but he struggled at an early age. He described himself as different as a kid and music was his best friend.

Then he sang Rainbow by Kacey Musgraves.

At the end of the performance, Sam ended up receiving a standing ovation from all three judges. His touching performance brought tears into the eyes of the judges. Moreover, viewers loved his audition and began rooting for him to continue and win the season.

Before the premiere of his audition, Sam posted on Instagram that the happiest day of his life was when he got invited to audition for the judges of American Idol. He hopes to inspire people to chase their dreams. Moreover, he had never thought that his dreams would ever come true.

He added in another post, “I’m really in my feels right now. I’m nervous, I’m anxious, and I’m scared, BUT, OVERALL I‘M HAPPY #AmericanIdol #SamOnIdol. The show starts now on ABC.” Then in the next post, she flaunted his Golden ticket and announced, “Hey y’all I made it”.

However, Sam isn’t the first autistic singer. Season 10 contestant James Durbin was the first contestant who made it to the top four.

Is Sam Finelli Gay?

No, there are are no evidence out there to prove that Sam Finelli is gay. He hasn’t addressed the queries related to his sexuality so we have no information to support that speculation.

Sam Finelli Partner

Sam Finelli is likely not dating anyone as of this writing. He is on TikTok and used a filter that predicted: “when will I get married?” His prediction showed “single forever” which he shrugged off as if he expected it to show up. He is yet to open up about his dating life and he didn’t offer much on his social media which would answer questions related to his relationship status.

So, as of 2022, Sam is likely single.

Sam Finelli Age

As of March 2022, Sam Finelli is 28 years old.

How Tall Is Sam Finelli?

Sam Finelli stands tall over the height of 5 feet 11 inches.

Sam Finelli Family

Samuel “Sam” Finelli III was born to his father Samuel Finelli Jr. and his mother Suzanne Finelli. His father is the owner of Saf Sports LLC a company registered in November 2018 in Peachtree Corners, Georgia. In October 2021, Sam posted a clip of himself on a swing. The man pushing from behind could be his father on the video.

Samuel Jr. was born to his father Samuel A. Finelli Sr. and Louise Donato Finelli on 5 January 1964. Sadly, Sam lost his uncle (Samuel Jr.’s brother), Stephen J Finelli, on 25 October 2018 at the age of 52.

Whereas, his mother appeared on the show with him who turned 58 years old on 21 March 2021.

“Music helped Sam a lot,” On the preview, Sam’s mother Suzie said. “He just put his earbuds in and that’s how he learned to cope.” After he was done one of the American Idol judges, Lionel Richie asked Sam to bring his mother in the room while they make their decision if the contestant will go to Hollywood.

Lionel told Suzie, “So, Sam has come in this door and has blown us away because he gave us the pure Sam and that’s all that matters.”

More about his family, Samuel has a sister named Elizabeth Finelli. Based on their last names, his family may have Italian roots.

Sam Finelli Job

Sam Finelli is a bakery cashier by profession but he also loves to bake. He works at Peachtree Corners bakery. According to, the average bakery cashier makes $10.41 per hour in Georgia.

Talking about academic qualifications, he graduated from Beacon College as Class of 2020 with a Business Management major. He shared, “I hope possibly to further my education in the real estate and interior design fields.”

The nonprofit liberal arts college is the United States’ “first accredited baccalaureate institution dedicated to educating primarily neurodiverse students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and other learning differences,” as it explains on Facebook.

According to Distractify, the college’s video also includes Sam’s audition, which shows him on stage before the judges. “I never thought I’d be here in a million years,” he says, as Lionel wipes tears from his eyes.

“Break a leg, Sam!” Beacon’s video adds. And commenters are wishing him good well, too, with one writing, “Best of luck this Sunday. Hoping for a buzzer for you!”

Related FAQs

  • Where Is Sam Finelli From?

Sam Finelli is a Georgia native. He hailed from Peachtree corners.

  • When Is Sam Finelli’s Birthday?

American Idol’s Sam Finelli celebrates his birthday on 13 October.

  • Is Sam Finelli On Instagram And TikTok?

Sam is on several social media platforms. He is on Instagram (@samfinellimusic13), Facebook (@samfinellimusic13), and TikTok (@samfinellimusic13).

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