Hawaiian teen brings ‘American Idol’ judges to tears with emotional ‘Monsters’ rendition


An 18-year-old highschool pupil from Hawaii introduced the “American Idol” judges to tears in the course of the present’s Season 21 premiere on Sunday.

Kahuku native Iam Tongi carried out a fascinating rendition of James Blunt’s “Monsters” that left each Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan wiping away tears by the top.

Tongi devoted the tune to his late father, Rodney, who handed away only a few months prior after being identified with stage 4 kidney illness.

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Tongi’s expertise shone via, regardless of the heartbreaking circumstances surrounding his efficiency.

Deeply moved by Tongi’s supply, Richie highlighted its affect on the judges:

I used to be not anxious about whether or not you had been going to make it via the tune. I used to be anxious about whether or not we had been going to make it via the tune. Your daddy’s very proud … Let me simply let you know one thing. The story is one factor. However the supply of your story was phenomenal. Younger man, you’re taking this into the world, and also you’re going to fracture some souls.

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In the meantime, Bryan stated he might relate to Tongi’s loss because the guardian of his nephew, who additionally misplaced a father.

I can’t deal with your heartbreaking about your dad as a result of my nephew misplaced his dad, and he got here to stay with me … and to see you lacking your dad simply sucks. And gosh, man, you bought a fantastic voice, you bought a fantastic voice. You simply did every little thing completely, and I really like ya. I need to see you could have enjoyable on this complete factor, man. It’s simply superior. It is superior what you simply did to me, and also you’re 18 years previous.

Katy Perry was equally impressed and praised the younger contestant’s supply of the tune.

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What a improbable tune to select [and] I really feel like you can’ve written this tune. I imply, you sang it. You delivered it, and also you’re making these grown males cry. You hit a nerve, and that’s what nice storytellers do. That’s what nice artists do, and your voice is simply so magnificent.

All three judges unanimously voted Tongi via to Hollywood for the following spherical.

Commenters on the video of his efficiency on the “American Idol” YouTube channel expressed admiration for the contestant’s voice and expertise, whereas others shared related experiences.

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“Thanks for sharing your present with us and sharing this tune Iam,” a commenter wrote. “In 2020, the toughest most painful phrases I ever needed to say to my father, affected by most cancers, ‘Dad, you possibly can relaxation now.’ The following morning he handed. This is to all of the fathers that ‘chased the monsters away.'”

“I misplaced my father a couple of months again, and my cousin who was mainly my brother a couple of days in the past,” shared one other. “As a person, it is onerous to let your self break down, however not with the ability to say goodbye to these you like is a ache you will not overlook. I’ll all the time remorse not with the ability to see them off. Listening to this introduced all these feelings to the floor. Hug and inform them you like them whilst you can. Belief me you by no means know when it is likely to be there time to go.”

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“I immediately began sobbing uncontrollably as quickly as he began singing,” one other consumer wrote. “My husband who misplaced his father a yr in the past was standing in entrance of the television in tears he couldn’t even sit down. The one sound that crammed our front room was this man’s stunning voice and our sniffles. Really captivated us and the room we had been in via the television. That’s insanely highly effective. The present you could have is indescribable.”

Tongi’s social media accounts obtained a big spike in followers after his audition went viral.

His Instagram (@wtongi) and TikTok (@wtongi) accounts, during which he shares each covers and authentic songs, have now amassed over 300,000 followers mixed.