Iam Tongi performs on “American Idol.”

Iam Tongi performs on “American Idol.” | ABC

American Idol” is having completely ready to crown a new winner.

Here’s a glance at singer Iam Tongi, who has produced the show’s prime 3 and has a seriously excellent shot of successful the full level of competition.

The “American Idol” finale airs May 21 at 6 p.m. MDT on ABC.


Iam Tongi ‘American Idol’ audition

Iam Tongi’s “American Idol” audition is the most viewed of the period — by a landslide. Posted three months back, it presently has 16 million sights on YouTube. For his audition, 18-year-outdated Tongi, a significant school senior who is from Hawaii, done “Monsters” by James Blunt and devoted the efficiency to his father, who died a pair of months ahead of the audition.

With emotion, Tongi told the “Idol” judges that his father was the reason he obtained into music. He carried his emotion into his performance and experienced judges Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan crying with his rendition of the music.

I’m not your son, you are not my father

We’re just two grown adult men stating goodbye

No have to have to forgive, no want to ignore

I know your faults and you know mine

And even though you’re sleeping, I’ll check out to make you happy

So, daddy, will not you just close your eyes?

Never be afraid, it is my flip to chase the monsters away

Tongi choked up as he arrived at his past notice — but he had presently persuaded the judges that he would be a strong contender in the “Idol” competition. And his rendition of “Monsters” led to the music climbing to the top rated of the iTunes charts, in accordance to The Kent Reporter.


“You hit a nerve, and that is what great storytellers do,” Katy Perry stated. “That’s what wonderful artists do, and your voice is just so spectacular.”

“I are not able to tackle your coronary heart breaking about your dad,” Bryan added. “Just seeing you missing your dad just sucks. Gosh, man, you just acquired a fantastic voice. … You just did almost everything great, and I appreciate you.”

“You acquire this into the earth and you’re going to fracture some souls,” Richie said.

Iam Tongi opens up about his father

Following his “Idol” audition, Tongi spoke with producers about how he and his father bonded above audio, and how his dad had lengthy wanted him to audition for “American Idol.” In simple fact, Tongi has beforehand auditioned for “Idol.” In an interview with The Kent Reporter, Tongi laughed as he recalled his father’s reaction when he didn’t make it on the demonstrate.

“He was like, ‘Son. I need to speak to you. You need to have to operate on your tunes,’” he claimed.


“My dad, he was not a ideal dude,” he additional. “He was not like a saint, or whatsoever. But he was the ideal father that I know. And I want everyone to know that he’s a challenging person. He constantly told me the fact, (and) he normally liked me. And I normally liked him much too.”

Tongi explained to The Kent Reporter he hadn’t originally prepared on mentioning his father all through the audition — he did not want to switch his “Idol” audition into a sob tale. But when the judges questioned about his relatives, he could’t assist but get psychological as he thought of his father.

“People assumed I cry simply because I skip him, but it’s ’cause I hear him singing — I can listen to his harmony,” Tongi told “Idol” producers following the audition. “I know he’s with me. Through my songs he’ll constantly be with me.”

Through his time on “Idol,” Tongi, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-working day Saints, has shared his faith on social media. In April, he cited the estimate “the finest is nevertheless to come” from President Russell M. Nelson’s chat in typical convention. A handful of weeks later on, he shared a video clip with a couple other “Idol” contestants in a resort home, singing the Latter-day Saint hymn “I Want Thee Every Hour.

Iam Tongi ‘American Idol’ performances

All over his time on “Idol,” Tongi has done a broad variety of music — like Cat Steven’s “Father and Son,” Sam Cooke’s “Bring it On Residence to Me,” and Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence.”

Most lately, Tongi launched his newest solitary, “I’ll Be Observing You.”

Down below are some of his performances through his operate on “Idol.”

‘American Idol’ audition — ‘Monsters’

‘American Idol’ Hollywood 7 days — ‘I Just cannot Make You Like Me’

‘American Idol’ best 20 — ‘The Winner Will take It All’

‘American Idol’ major 10 — ‘Bring It On Property To Me’

‘American Idol’ top rated 8 — ‘What a Superb World’

‘American Idol’ major 5 — ‘Father and Son’

By Indana