‘American Idol’ fans claim competition ‘rigged’ as Iam Tongi named winner


The competition ended on a flat notice.

Viewers of Sunday’s “American Idol” season finale slammed the singing present on social media, claiming that the competition was “rigged” in favor of 18-year-old Iam Tongi, who grew to become the youngest male ever to win the fact present.

The Hawaiian highschool pupil, who misplaced his father shortly earlier than his audition, beat out finalists Megan Danielle, 20, and Colin Stough, 18, for the highest spot, which left a number of fans scratching their heads.

“‘American Idol’ is rigged. Colin Stough was the best one out there,” tweeted one angry viewer. “Big Hawaiian dude that has the best sob story is going to win. ‘American Idol’ I thought it was about talent?”

“Obviously the sympathy vote fix is in,” snapped another fan, tagging “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest, 48. “The least talented guy has made it to the finals. You are not the person I thought you were.”

Another viewer vented their frustration by tweeting on the host. “@RyanSeacrest So Ryan I thought #AmericanIdol was a singing contest? Any reason why the obviously better singer did not win? Curious … just asking Thank you.”

The Post reached out to Tongi and “American Idol” for remark.

During the present’s three-hour finale, the younger singer wowed each audiences and judges with two showstopping performances.

Tongi introduced decide Katy Perry — who was trolled on-line for her orange sheer gown — to tears with a transferring rendition of “Making Memories of Us” initially sung by nation star Keith Urban, who mentored the younger singer.

In the second half of the present, the highschool senior took the stage once more with British pop star James Blunt to sing Blunt’s track “Monsters,” which Tongi devoted to his father.

Even although Tongi’s historic win was marred by indignant fans, the up-and-coming star additionally had a number of heartwarming tweets of assist.

“Congratulations @wtongi! It was a great season of #AmericanIdol, excited to hear more of your music,” tweeted one fan.

“Congratulations to Hawai’i’s own American Idol, Iam Tongi,” tweeted Hawaii’s Gov. Josh Green with a photograph of the star.

“American Idol got it right. Congratulations Iam Tongi,” declared a 3rd fan.


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