American Idol fans are crying over Oliver Steele’s heartwarming gift to his best friend and season winner Iam Tongi

AMERICAN Idol star Oliver Steele has warmed fans’ hearts with his sweet gift to season 21 winner Iam Tongi.

The Hawaiian native took home gold in the finals of the singing competition.

Oliver surprised me with a handmade guitar


Oliver surprised me with a handmade guitarCredit: Instagram/oliversteelemusic
He thanked the DSDS winner for his friendship


He thanked the DSDS winner for his friendshipCredit: Instagram/oliversteelemusic
The instrument was specially crafted from Hawaiian koa wood


The instrument was specially crafted from Hawaiian koa woodCredit: Instagram/oliversteelemusic

Now fans are raving about his new best friend Oliver Steele, 25, after the former competitor presented the champion with a heartwarming gift to celebrate his success.

The Nashville-based singer was thrilled Instagram profile on Tuesday to share a video of him surprising 18-year-old Iam with a custom-made guitar.

In the clip, the musician entered a backstage room, where he asked the American Idol winner to “help” him open something “real quick.”

Oliver then began to unbox a Breed Love brand guitar while I watched.

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When he finally took the instrument out of the case, the 18-year-old champion said, “That’s mean, mate.”

Oliver replied, “I know, right?” as he began playing a tune.

“Here, give it a try,” he said to Iam, then handed the guitar to his mate.

“That’s cool, buddy! Oooh those strings are cool,” gushed the KI winner.

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“Want to know about this guitar?” Oliver asked, adding, “It’s not mine.”

Iam was taken aback and said, “No, really mate? Really?”

“Oh what the hell, man,” he continued, hugging his close friend tightly.

Oliver then explained the meaning of the gift, saying the guitar was constructed entirely of “koa wood”.

I made sure to play a little song on the instrument before the video ended.

His best friend captioned the post: “During this incredible ride I took, @wtongi wasn’t just a friend; He was a brother, a light of positivity and a force of love.

“He impressed me and my family more than anyone I met on this trip. Originally I wanted to get him a ukulele, which the lovely people thought was very good @breedloveguitar make!”

He continued: “However, they were sold out! To my surprise, my sponsor contacted me and said, ‘Let’s give him a guitar instead! Let’s even give him a guitar made entirely out of koa wood!!’”

“So what you see is a video of me gifting Iam his brand new Breedlove guitar!! Many thanks to my sponsor.” @breedloveguitar for your generosity for giving me a chance and for helping me honor the newfound brotherhood between me and my Tokoua!!! Enjoy it bro!!! You deserve it!! Ofa Atu, Tokoua!!!”


Fans were over the moon at the camaraderie between the two former competitors and gushed over their healthy friendship in the comments section.

“What a blessing! These two are great people who want to spread love through their music! This brings tears to my eyes,” one wrote.

“This is so cute and SO Oliver. What an incredible gift,” agreed a second.

A third remarked, “The guitar is beautiful, but more beautiful than any guitar is your brotherhood.”

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“I smiled throughout the video. I’m still smiling as I write this. The love you two have for each other is so beautiful and unbreakable. Lots of love to you both,” commented another.

In the season 21 finale, Iam Tongi defeated runners-up Megan Danielle and Colin Stough.

Iam Tongi took the win in the season 21 finale


Iam Tongi took the win in the season 21 finalePhoto credit: Getty
Fans were divided on the chosen champion


Fans were divided on the chosen championPhoto credit: ABC


CELINE CASTRONUOVO is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. CELINE CASTRONUOVO joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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