After a three-hour live performance filled show, 18-year-old Iam Tongi claimed the bragging right as winner of this year’s one of world’s prestigious reality shows “American Idol.”
His heartfelt performance about the recent loss of his father kicked things off for Tongi, and he sang from his heart every week after that first round and continued to impress viewers with his soulful style of singing.
“Honestly, it feels crazy and it feels unreal and I love just everyone,” said Tongi.
The runners-up in this competition loved being here. Both Megan Danielle and Colin Stough says they’re ready, and hopeful, for what comes next.
“Some good, heartfelt music and me just always being myself. I really want to sing at the Grand Old Opry. So maybe that’ll happen,” said Megan Danielle.
“Really, a goal of mine is, man, I want to have a hit, you know? I want a hit!’ said Stough.
The judges know this is just the beginning for all of this season’s finalists.
“Get out of tour. And if I have some advice for them, find a big act to open for because the more people see you, they won’t forget you,” said Lionel Richie.
“Whether you win or whether you’re in the Top 10, I think these kids have a–building blocks and a platform to get going and tackle the world,” said Luke Bryan.