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Where is ‘American Idol’ winner Iam Tongi now?

Several months after his ‘American Idol’ win, Iam Tongi is continuing to find success in the music industry

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Iam Tongi performs on “American Idol.”

Iam Tongi performs on “American Idol.”

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Several months after his “American Idol” win, Iam Tongi is continuing to find success in the music industry.

Here’s a look at what the 19-year-old singer has been up to since being declared the Season 21 champion.

Where is Iam Tongi now?

Tongi’s audition for “American Idol,” a performance of the James Blunt song “Monsters,” was the most viewed audition of Season 21 — by a landslide. To date, it has 22 million views on YouTube.

In late August, Tongi celebrated a full-circle moment by recording a duet version of the song with Blunt, Country Now reported.

“From covering it on tiktok 3 years ago, to singing it in my audition on @americanidol, to performing it at the Idol finale with @jamesblunt, ‘Monsters’ means so much to me,” Tongi shared on X, formerly Twitter. “I’m so excited to announce that James & I will be releasing an official duet of ‘Monsters.’”

The first Hawaiian and Pacific Islander to win “Idol,” Tongi has also been using his platform to offer support to those affected by the Maui wildfires. He recently performed a tribute on “Good Morning America” and asked fans “to do some research on the right organizations to donate to, and to also say prayers for Maui.”

Tongi is currently in the middle of his first tour — which he recently announced would be expanding to the East Coast throughout October and November. On Sept. 9, the singer is performing at the Holo Holo Music Festival in California, which this year is shining a spotlight on two Hawaii-based nonprofits: the Hawaiian Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund and the Chef Hui Maui Relief Fund, according to American Songwriter magazine.

The singer will perform at Granary Live in Salt Lake City on Sept. 20, according to bandsintown.com.

Iam Tongi talks about his Latter-day Saint faith

During his time on “Idol,” Tongi, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, shared his faith on social media. At one point during the competition, he shared a video with a few other “Idol” contestants in a hotel room, singing the Latter-day Saint hymn “I Need Thee Every Hour.

Tongi has been especially vocal about his faith since winning “American Idol.”

“Recently, a friend asked me about my faith. At first, it seemed like he was trying to make me feel dumb for believing what I do, but as I was willing to talk with him and share my feelings, I learned he was genuinely curious. We began to have an actual conversation,” Tongi shared in a June 11 social media post for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, just a few weeks after winning “Idol.” “As I answered his questions, he would ask something else, and it gave me the chance to speak up and share from a sincere place. If I didn’t know the answer, I would tell him, ‘I don’t know that yet.’ And he was fine hearing that because he knew I was trying.

“I thank my mom for teaching me to have courage,” he continued. “She has always pushed me to share what I believe. My faith in God and Jesus Christ is a part of my story. Their story is my story.

A look back at Iam Tongi’s run on ‘American Idol’

For his “Idol” audition, Tongi, then 18, performed “Monsters” and dedicated the performance to his father, who died a couple of months before the audition, the Deseret News reported.

With emotion, Tongi told the “Idol” judges that his father was the reason he got into music. He carried his emotion into his performance and had judges Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan crying with his rendition of the song.

I’m not your son, you’re not my father

We’re just two grown men saying goodbye

No need to forgive, no need to forget

I know your mistakes and you know mine

And while you’re sleeping, I’ll try to make you proud

So, daddy, won’t you just close your eyes?

Don’t be afraid, it’s my turn to chase the monsters away

Tongi choked up as he reached his last note — but he had already convinced the judges that he would be a strong contender in the “Idol” competition, per the Deseret News. His rendition of “Monsters” led to the song rising to the top of the iTunes charts, according to The Kent Reporter.

“You hit a nerve, and that’s what great storytellers do,” Katy Perry said. “That’s what great artists do, and your voice is just so magnificent.”

“I cannot handle your heart breaking about your dad,” Bryan added. “Just seeing you missing your dad just sucks. Gosh, man, you just got a great voice. ... You just did everything perfect, and I love you.”

“You take this into the world and you’re going to fracture some souls,” Richie said.

Below are some of Tongi’s performances during his “Idol” run.

‘American Idol’ Hollywood Week — ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’

‘American Idol’ top 20 — ‘The Winner Takes It All’

‘American Idol’ top 10 — ‘Bring It On Home To Me’

‘American Idol’ top 8 — ‘What a Wonderful World’

‘American Idol’ top 5 — ‘Father and Son’