American Idol fans praise ‘rigged’ results as Iam Tongi is crowned winner after Katy Perry put on ‘worst season ever’
American Idol FANS gave the show harsh praise after Iam Tongi won the reality contest.
Many believe the real champion has been cheated and accuse the show of being manipulated.
After an extended three-hour finale, the final three contestants – Megan Danielle, Colin Stough and Iam Tongi – each sang multiple songs while battling for crucial final votes.
During Iam’s time on stage, he performed his own renditions of mentor Keith Urban’s “Making Memories of Us,” the island-inspired “Cool Down,” and brought the whole building up with an emotional duet of “Don’t Let Go.” James Blunt to cry.
In his final performance, Iam sang his debut single entitled “I’ll Be Seeing You,” a special tribute to his late father.
Almost halfway through the competition Colin was eliminated leaving only Megan and Iam.
After a dramatic hiatus, Iam was crowned the new American Idol.
He was overcome with emotion as he was hugged by host Ryan Seacrest, runner-up Megan and loved ones.
He admitted that after this season’s conclusion, despite his sudden stardom, what he was most looking forward to was “going home,” to Hawaii.
But as the 18-year-old celebrated his life-changing victory on stage with family and friends, fans took to social media to express their displeasure.
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“American Idol is manipulated. Colin Stough was the best out there,” someone scolded. “American Idol, I thought it was about talent.”
Another yelled: “You guys really voted for ‘Iam’? Couldn’t be me… #Terrible.”
While a third added: “Obviously the sympathy vote solution is in place.”
A fourth simply slammed: “America got it wrong.”
Finishing fifth, he turned his ire on Ryan Seacrest: “So Ryan, I thought #AmericanIdol was a singing contest? Is there a reason why the obviously better singer didn’t win? Curious… just asking. Thanks.”
It wasn’t just the fans who cried during the emotional season finale.
At the start of the show, judge Katy Perry broke down in tears and gushed about Iam Tongi’s final performance.
The Hawaiian singer took the stage to interpret Keith Urban’s song “Making Memories of Us.”
Before stepping onto the American Idol stage, I caught up with Keith to talk about his song choices and get a few pointers before his performance.
He revealed early in their discussion that his late father played one of the Australian country singer’s songs at their home when he was a child.
Keith noted his “emotional connection” to the song and hinted it was the right choice for him.
Iam took the stage with his guitar strapped on and flip flops on his feet.
He delivered a characteristically moving performance that touched quite a few judges emotionally.
Katy cried in her seat while Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan hid their feelings a little better.
After Iam finished singing, Katy opened the jury by saying, “Can I just say something?
“Between you and Megan, I had to grab a little tissue and fold it into a triangle because every time you come and sing, the vibration that comes out of your mouth goes through people’s hearts and just comes at them. “
She concluded: “It moves us so much. So when you sing I’m ready to feel baby.”
THE PERRY END
With the season finally over, fans are hoping ABC will make a move of their own – to replace Katy next year.
Viewers insisted the showrunners would up the reality singing competition and took to social media to voice their criticism.
The most common wish?
That the show is bringing in new judges to replace the current ones: Katy, 38, Lionel Richie, 73, and Luke Bryan, 46.
“Please new judges,” demanded a fan.
One person supported the commenter, adding, “Of course I just found it so refreshing to have Alanis.” [Morissette] and ed [Sheeran] last week.
“I just feel like the three that we have now have said everything they’re going to say … repeat themselves.”
Another said: “Make Alanis a permanent judge. She exudes joy and gives honest, sensible feedback.”
“They never say anything critical like Simon. Always positive enough that it’s not unrealistic,” said another, referring to legendary tough judge Simon Cowell.