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‘American Idol’ Fans Speculate The Show Was Rigged In Favor Of Iam Tongi

Iam Tongi wins 'American Idol'ABC/Stewart Cook

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The season finale of American Idol left fans divided and ignited a storm of controversy on social media. Many viewers expressed their dissatisfaction, claiming that the competition was “rigged” in favor of 18-year-old Iam Tongi. He made history as the youngest male ever to win the reality show.

Iam Tongi’s American Idol Win Sparks Controversy

Throughout the season, Tongi captivated audiences with his powerful performances and heartbreaking personal story. Having lost his father shortly before his audition, his emotional journey struck a chord with many viewers. However, as the finale unfolded, fans of other contestants felt that the judges and the voting system had prioritized sympathy over vocal ability.

One disgruntled viewer took to Twitter, exclaiming that American Idol is “rigged,” and that Colin Stough was “the best one out there.” Others who believed that Tongi’s compelling backstory overshadowed his competitors’ talent echoed the sentiment. Accusations of favoritism and vote manipulation flooded social media, with some fans even directing their frustrations at Idol host Ryan Seacrest.

While the controversy unfolded, Tongi delivered two outstanding performances during the three-hour finale. His rendition of Keith Urban’s “Making Memories of Us” moved judge Katy Perry to tears.

Tongi’s connection to the song, coupled with his heartfelt delivery, resonated deeply with both the judges and the audience. Later, he joined forces with British pop star James Blunt to perform Blunt’s emotional ballad “Monsters,” dedicated to his late father.

The Singer Received Support From Hawaii Fans, Officials

Although Tongi’s victory was overshadowed by the outcry of disgruntled fans, he also received an outpouring of support and well-wishes. Numerous tweets expressed congratulations and excitement for his future music endeavors. Hawaii’s Governor Josh Green even took to Twitter to congratulate their homegrown talent, sharing a photo of Tongi.

“Congratulations @wtongi! It was a great season of #AmericanIdol, excited to hear more of your music,” Tweeted one fan.

American Idol got it right. Congratulations Iam Tongi,” another fan tweeted.

“Congratulations to Hawai’i’s own American Idol, Iam Tongi!” Governor Green tweeted.

The controversy surrounding Tongi’s win on American Idol highlights the perpetual debate between emotional resonance and raw talent in reality competitions. While Tongi’s personal story undeniably resonated with many viewers, it prompts questions about who establishes the criteria for determining the winner.

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