Get ready for the grand finale of American Idol season 21! Iam Tongi has become one of the fan-favorites of the reality contest American Idol. His audition clip went viral in the blink of an eye.
And, Iam is now in the top 3 of the popular singing competition American Idol. Keep reading further to find out more about the talented singer Iam Tongi who has won the hearts of people with his voice.
Iam Tongi’s ‘American Idol’ audition was a memorable one
Yeah, you read that right. During the premiere of season 21 of the singing show American Idol, Iam Tongi performed a rendition of the song Monsters by James Blunt in honor of his father.
At the end of his performance, the judges had tears in their eyes. Up until now, his audition video has racked up more than 11 million views on YouTube. Then, Katy Perry told him, “What a fantastic song to pick. Your voice is just so magnificent.”
Luke Bryan further added that Tongi has a “great voice” and everything he did was “perfect.” Lionel Richie called Iam “phenomenal.”
Iam Tongi is from Hawaii
Iam Tongi hails from Hawaii. He is from Kahuka, a census-designated place in Honolulu, Hawaii. He shifted to Seattle 3 years ago after getting “priced out of paradise.” Then, he returned to Hawaii for the top 26 performances.
Iam Tongi is in high school right now
At the moment, Iam is a senior in high school. Right now, he attends Decatur High School, which is situated in Federal Way, Washington. The official Facebook page of the show shared a video of Tongi’s audition and wrote, “Proud of this amazing Gator! Yitadee!!”
Iam Tongi’s dad Rodney Tongi passed away recently
Tongi’s father Rodney died just a few months before his audition. He credits his dad for getting him into music. Soon after his audition aired, he took to his Instagram page and shared a snap from his father’s graveside. “I got that golden ticket dad wish you were here,” he wrote in the caption of the Instagram post.
Iam Tongi has become a social media star
Soon after his remarkable Idol audition, Iam became a social media sensation. The number of his social media followers increased rapidly. He has more than 336k on TikTok and his videos have more than 1.2 million likes. At this point in time, he has 473k followers on Instagram. In his latest post, he thanked his fans for their love and support.
Tongi shared, “Huge thank you to all of you for voting me to the finale! I’m coming home Hawaii!!! Big shoutout to Washington, You have open so many windows of opportunities for me… So much love to every single one of you that’s supporting me up to this point! Yessah! 🤙🏾 #iamtongi @americanidol”
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