Hawaiian Highscooler Iam Tongi Wins American Idol 2023
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After going through months of auditions, experiencing solo successes, bidding farewells, performing duets, and taking memorable trips to California and Hawaii, everything reached its peak on Sunday night when America selected Iam Tongi as the newest Idol.
For those who have been following American Idol Season 21 closely, the winner had already made themselves known long before the grand finale.
On the ABC special, the three finalists, Tongi, Megan Danielle, and Colin Stough had their last opportunity to impress the audience by performing solo and singing duets with famous celebrities.
With millions of people watching from their homes around the world, a lot of popular stars appeared on the show. Among the individuals present were Keith Urban, Kylie Minogue, Ellie Goulding, Lionel Richie, TLC, REO Speedwagon, Pitbull and Lil Jon, and others.
The New American Idol
Aside from all the contestants, Tongi and Danielle were the top two finalists selected by the viewers, and Tongi ultimately won the title. As the winner, he earned a recording contract, which would serve as a stepping stone for his journey in the music industry.
The Runner-Up Opportunities
On the other hand, his competitor Danielle, who emerged as the second finalist, also gained attention from the music industry. Recognizing her exceptional talent and potential, she received offers for things like record deals, chances to perform, and collaborations with established artists. These opportunities would give her a valuable platform to show her own style and talent.
Watch Tongi’s journey on the videos below.