Iam Tongi | American Idol

William “Iam” Tongi is a Tongan/Samoan musician and high school student from Kahuku, Hawaii. He is a contestant on American Idol Season 21 2023.

Iam Tongi - American Idol Season 21 contestant in 2023
Iam Tongi – American Idol Season 21 contestant.


Name:William “Iam” Tongi
Age:18 years old
Hometown:Kahuku, Hawaii
Occupation:High School student, musician


Iam Tongi auditioned in New Orleans where he sang “Monsters” by James Blunt.

He received three “yeses” from the three judges and a golden ticket, sending him straight to Hollywood week.

Hollywood Week

Performance Challenge

During the first part of Hollywood Week, Iam Tongi decided to work on his confidence. He performed “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt.

Duet Challenge

For the second part of Hollywood week, Iam Tongi was in a duet with Oliver Steele called “Kindred Spirits”. Together they performed “Save Your Tears” by The Weeknd.

Showstopper Round

For his last performance of Hollywood week, Iam Tongi performed “The Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel.

The three judges later informed him that he had done enough to make it into the Top 26 finalists.

Top 26 (Hawaii Round)

Iam Tongi performed “Don’t Let Go” by Spawnbreezie. His performance earned him enough votes from the viewers to get him into the Top 20.


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