The competition ended on a flat note.
Social media was flooded with criticism from viewers of Sunday’s season finale of “American Idol.” They alleged that the competition had been manipulated to favor 18-year-old Iam Tongi, who made history as the youngest male winner of the reality show.
Despite the challenging circumstances of losing his father before the audition, the high school student from Hawaii emerged victorious, surpassing finalists Megan Danielle, aged 20, and Colin Stough, aged 18, to claim the coveted top position. This unexpected outcome left many fans perplexed and puzzled.
“Colin Stough was the standout talent on ‘American Idol.’ It’s rigged,” expressed an irate viewer on Twitter. They questioned the fairness of the competition, suggesting that the victory would be granted to the “Big Hawaiian dude” with a compelling backstory rather than solely based on talent, contradicting their initial perception of the show’s purpose.
Another fan expressed frustration, suggesting that the sympathy vote was predetermined. They directly addressed “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest, aged 48, stating that the least talented contestant had reached the finals. The fan’s disappointment led them to question their perception of Ryan Seacrest, believing that he was not the person they had initially thought he was.
In a tweet directed at the host, another viewer expressed their frustration. They addressed Ryan Seacrest, mentioning their understanding that “American Idol” is a singing contest. They questioned why the contestant who was evidently a superior singer did not emerge as the winner. The viewer expressed curiosity and gratitude while seeking clarification.
Throughout the three-hour finale of the show, the young singer captivated both the audiences and judges with two remarkable performances that left a lasting impression.
Tongi’s heartfelt performance of “Making Memories of Us,” originally sung by country star Keith Urban, deeply moved judge Katy Perry. Despite online trolling targeting Perry’s orange sheer dress, Tongi’s rendition brought her to tears. It’s worth noting that Urban had mentored the young singer throughout the competition.
During the latter part of the show, the high school senior returned to the stage alongside British pop star James Blunt for a rendition of Blunt’s song “Monsters.” Tongi dedicated the performance to his father, adding an emotional touch to the heartfelt tribute.
Despite the discontent expressed by angry fans, Tongi’s historic victory was accompanied by numerous heartwarming tweets of support for the rising star.
One fan took on Twitter and congratulated @wtongi, expressing excitement about hearing more of his music after a fantastic season of #AmericanIdol.
“Congratulations to Hawai’i’s own American Idol, Iam Tongi,” tweeted Hawaii’s Gov. Josh Green with a photo of the star.
“American Idol got it right. Congratulations Iam Tongi,” declared a third fan.