Fans have been left with a bad taste in their mouths after saying that the final of American Idol was ‘rigged’ and that ‘the greatest’ artist was not proclaimed the rightful victor.
Iam Tongi, a Hawaiian-born singer, was the youngest male winner of the annual singing competition at the age of 18.
He defeated fan favorites Colin Stough, 18, and Megan Danielle, 20, to be voted American Idol season 21 winner, but not everyone was delighted.
The singer, who is of Tongan and Samoan descent, was coached by Australia’s Keith Urban, 55, over the duration of the ABC program.
On Monday, May 22 finale, fans took to social media to wonder if the singing competition was rigged against Tongi’s primary rival, 18-year-old country artist Stough.
“Iam was really good, but so was Colin,” one admirer remarked. Colin would have been the ideal choice for best singer. Are these programs pre-recorded? Apparently.”
“American Idol is clearly fixed,” remarked another. They’ve been behaving as if Iam was already the winner for most of the season.”
“I think the winners of American Idol are fixed,” said a third. People with genuine skill do not win.”
Despite some viewers’ indignation, many were happy that Tongi had won the yearly talent event.
“I’m not crying,” one Twitter user said. You’re sobbing. This incredible and very gifted young guy touches my whole soul. His spiritual purity is beyond anything I’ve ever seen. More Iam Tongis is what the world needs.”
“Iam Tongi singing Kolohe Kai’s Cool Down is the best thing I’ve seen on American Idol,” a second concurred. “Bring those island feelings to the rest of the globe!”
“What I love about Iam is that he stayed consistent and authentic to himself the entire time,” another user said. Humble, big-hearted, brilliant person from a family-oriented environment. We are overjoyed.”
Hawaii’s Governor, Josh Green, has also congratulated the new American Idol, saying, “Congratulations to Hawaii’s own American Idol, Iam Tongi!”
He performed two songs during the live final: a magnificent rendition of James Blunt’s Monsters and a rendition of Keith Urban’s Making Memories of Us from 2004.
The British singer joined Tongi on stage for his performance of the latter, which he dedicated to his father.
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