Don’t mind me, just sweating from my eyes right now.
Iam Tongi has been a fan favorite on American Idol since his first audition when he sang James Blunt’s “Monsters,” as a tribute to his late father Rodney who passed away from stage 4 kidney disease just months before he went on the show.
The 18-year-old was overcome with emotion, but put together a fantastic rendition of the song as Luke Bryan was seen having to wipe his eyes with tissues.
Throughout the season, Tongi continued to impress not only the judges, but fans across the country, as he officially became 2023’s American Idol winner last night.
And during last night’s finale, Tongi had the opportunity to perform “Monsters” once again – but this time he had James Blunt right beside him to sing a duet with him.
Not gonna lie, this might be one of the most emotional moments in the show’s existence, as Tongi couldn’t help but let the emotions out as he sang the song that reminded him of his late father, as Blunt helped push him through.
As the two continued to sing, the cameras flipped to the judges and those in the crowd, and it looked like there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.
Jelly Roll was in the crowd alongside Tongi’s mother, and you could see him looking misty eyed.
Luke Bryan also appeared to look the same, and you could also see the tears running down Katy Perry’s face throughout the whole performance.
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Tongi also recently dropped his debut single “I’ll Be Seeing You,” originally penned by Season 18 Idol alum Francisco Martin: