Iam Tongi Named Winner Of AMERICAN IDOL

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Iam Tongi Named Winner Of AMERICAN IDOL

By Movieguide® Contributor

We have a new AMERICAN IDOL!

On the season finale of the singing competition show, 18-year-old Iam Tongi was named the winner of AMERICAN IDOL after a performance of “I’ll Be Seeing You,” his own original song.

After being crowned this season’s winner, Tongi took the stage to sing “Don’t Let Go.

Tongi posted about his big win on Instagram, writing, “Thank you everyone for voting! Love all you guys! Thank you so much, yessah blessa never stressa!

During his time on the show, judges Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan, and Katy Perry were enthusiastic about Tongi’s talent.

Richie said his voice was “making grown men cry” during a performance of “Monsters.” Tongi dedicated the performance to his father, who had passed away a few months before. 

Bryan added, “Gosh man, you’ve got a great voice. You did everything perfectly and I love you and want to see you have fun.”

In an interview with People, Perry praised Tongi, calling him “an undeniable character,” and saying he was “born to do this.”

Colin Stough came in third, while Megan Danielle placed second. Movieguide® previously reported on Danielle’s time on AMERICAN IDOL:

AMERICAN IDOL is getting closer to picking a winner of the latest season, and many viewers were excited to see that three Christian singers made it into the final eight. 

Megan Danielle, Haven Madison, and Warren Peay are all advancing to the next round of the singing competition show. 

Danielle, who sang “Go Rest High on That Mountain” during the latest AMERICAN IDOL episode, has spoken about her faith. She even sang with Lauren Daigle during her audition. Movieguide® previously reported:

AMERICAN IDOL contestant Megan Danielle wowed judges and viewers with her recent performance of Lauren Daigle’s “Thank God I Do.”

The 21 year-old singer-songwriter’s powerful performance earned her a spot in the “victory zone,” making her one of just 12 AMERICAN IDOL finalists.

Daigle has been an influence on Danielle for years. She even sang with the 2012 AMERICAN IDOL alum during her audition, where the pair duetted on “You Say.”

Danielle shared some details about her musical journey during her AMERICAN IDOL audition, including early days performing in bars. 

“I didn’t like performing at bars because I felt like I had to act like someone I wasn’t, so that people would like what they were hearing,” she explained

Her grandfather eventually pulled her aside and told her singing in bars wasn’t really who she was, adding, “How can you sing for God and sing for this?” 

After that, Danielle decided to become a Christian artist. Her continued success on  AMERICAN IDOL shows that she has a bright future ahead of her! 

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