American Idol's Iam Tongi Addresses Controversy Over His 'Rigged' Win!
26.05.2023 - 17:31
Iam Tongi is addressing all the controversy over his American Idol win.
If you keep up with the reality TV singing competition, you probably know that season 21 just wrapped, crowning the 18-year-old Hawaii native victorious. However, America wasn’t exactly on the same page when it came to their response…
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We reported Monday that following Iam’s win, fans of the show were pretty split down the middle. Many took to Twitter to share their support, but some others did quite the opposite, claiming the results were “rigged” in his favor as a “sympathy vote,” sharing that fellow contestant Colin Stough was actually more deserving:
Now, the victor is addressing his contested win head on. In a Thursday interview with DailyMail.com, the vocalist shared that he actually has a guilty “love” for all the drama:
He cited his late father, Rodney Tongi, prepared him for this sort of feedback before his passing in 2021:
Wise words! Love him or hate him, he still took the win, so he can’t be THAT down.
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When it comes to navigating online trolls, though, Iam has lots of love to go around:
He added of the backlash:
It sounds like he’s doing a pretty decent job coming to terms with that! As for how he feels about the overwhelming support for Colin at his own expense, the champ shared:
Wow! That’s an extremely mature way to look at things! Iam also shared that he doesn’t plan to “chase after” the support of haters, but will instead focus on his established fans:
Whew, this is definitely the most dramatic Idol season we’ve seen in a while! Speaking of which, judge Katy Perry is rumored to