On Sunday night, ‘American Idol’ ended its 21st season with a three-hour finale that featured star-studded performances, emotional tributes, and a nail-biting winner announcement. As the final three contestants – Iam Tongi, Megan Danielle, and Colin Stough – took the stage for the last time to win America’s votes, months of auditions, challenges, and eliminations had come to an end.
The Final Three of American Idol Season 21
The final three contestants performed two songs to showcase their talents and personalities. Guest mentor Keith Urban chose one, and another was dedicated to their hometowns. Additionally, they performed original songs that they co-wrote with professional songwriters.
Greetings, I’m Tongi
The 18-year-old high school student from Kahuku, Hawaii, impressed the judges and the audience with his smooth vocals and charismatic stage presence. Urban’s “Making Memories of Us” and Kolohe Kai’s “Cool Down” were his mentor and hometown songs, respectively. Additionally, he performed a touching rendition of “I’ll Be Seeing You”, which he had written for his deceased father. Later, he joined James Blunt in a duet of “Monsters”, about overcoming personal demons.
During her performance, Megan Danielle, a 21-year-old server from Douglasville, Georgia, displayed her powerful voice and emotional delivery. Her mentor and hometown songs were Urban’s “God Whispered Your Name” and Journey’s “Faithfully.” Julia Michaels co-wrote “I’m Not Ready,” which she performed as well. Kylie Minogue and she later performed a disco-infused version of “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”.
His song choices showcased Colin Stough’s country roots and guitar skills, a 23-year-old construction worker from Nashville, Tennessee. For his mentor and hometown songs, he sang Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color” and Chris Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey.” In addition, he performed an original song with Luke Bryan, “Country Boy.” In addition, he performed a rockin’ rendition of “Keep On Loving You” with REO Speedwagon.
Ryan Seacrest announced the results of America’s vote after the final three performances. There were two contestants who made it to the final round: Iam Tongi and Megan Danielle. In third place, Colin Stough was eliminated.
Afterwards, the final two contestants performed their possible coronation songs, which they had also co-written with professional songwriters.
A heartfelt ballad written by Iam Tongi and Calum Scott, “You Are The Reason”, was performed. He displayed his vocal range and emotional connection to the lyrics in the song.
As part of her performance, Megan Danielle performed her co-written empowering anthem, “Stronger Than You Think”. As a result of the song, her vocal strength and resilience were highlighted.
Winner of American Idol Season 21
“American Idol” Season 21 winner Iam Tongi was announced by Ryan Seacrest after the final two performances.
He expressed his gratitude to his fans, family, and friends as he accepted the trophy. Throughout the competition, he also thanked the judges – Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan – for their guidance and encouragement.
Then, confetti rained down on him as he performed his coronation song “You Are The Reason.”.
It is the first time a contestant from Hawaii has won “American Idol”. Additionally, he became the youngest male winner in the show’s history.
A recording contract and the chance to launch a music career await Tongi as the winner of “American Idol”.
Iam Tongi is the new American Idol! Congratulations!