William Tongi will be on the upcoming season of American Idol 2023. While the 18-year-old Hawaiian showcased his singing prowess in front of the judges during the audition stage, the contender made the judges cry with his painful story of losing his father a long time ago. a few months before his audition. This talented young man specializes in folk-indie love songs.
The current season of American Idol will feature celebrity judges Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry. The American Idol season 21 schedule includes auditions, Hollywood Week, showcase rounds and the Top 24 rounds, where contestants will perform solo and celebrity duo performances. After the Top 24 round, participants will be reduced to the Top 16 and then the Top 12, who will be allowed to participate in the live events.
Meet William Tongi, an 18-year-old American Idol 2023 contestant.
William “Guy” Tongi, 18, is of Tongan/Samoan/Irish descent and was born on September 1, 2004 in Kahuku, Hawaii to parents Rodney Guy and Lillie N Rodney Tongi. The teenager has a unique combination of musical skills that few can match. Despite his young age, the American Idol candidate already released a song called Dreams in 2020. He wrote it, particularly for his sister’s wedding. Her sister told him about her and her now husband, her then fiancé, and he turned it into a great love song.
Tongi is a senior at Decatur High School in Washington State. She became interested in music after receiving ukulele lessons from a teacher in fifth grade. Then William took the guitar from him and started playing. While singer-songwriter Lauren Gruwell describes her music as a mix of country and alternative, she believes her fans often associate her with an island. Tongi also plays guitar and ukulele.
On Tiktok and Instagram, Tongi regularly posts song covers. Her profile has received more than 500,000 likes and she has more than 77,000 followers on TikTok. “I Ca n’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt and “Look at Us” by Vince Gill are among the songs she has covered. According to the preface to a 2020 appearance on the Rikishi Driver Talk Show, William believes that music helps him focus and that he has ADHD.
According to William’s social media profiles, his father, Rodney, who died in late 2021 at the age of 50, had a huge effect on his musical taste. William said his father was a musician. William is the youngest of his siblings, along with sisters Cassandra Alvina and Leilei Tongi and his brother Leorod Tongi.
While competing on American Idol, William described how he dealt with grief and how his father’s hands introduced him to music. At his audition, Tongi sang “Monster,” a song written by musician James Blunt for his father. The judges were moved by Tongi’s performance.
American Idol viewers are aware that some Hawaiian performers advanced beyond the audition round and participated in previous seasons. Jordan Segundo ranked 26th in Season 2, Jasmine Trias third in Season 3, Camile Velasco ninth in Season 19, and Eli-Mac third in Season 3. Will William Iam Tongi surpass them all to take first place? We’ll have to wait and see.
American Idol 2023 will debut on Sunday, February 19.
American Idol returns for its sixth season on ABC and the show’s 21st overall. The nationwide search for the next version of the show began with auditions in Las Vegas, Nashville and New Orleans, where hopefuls battled for the chance to attend Hollywood Week. Ryan Seacrest, the Emmy-winning host of season 21 of American Idol, has indicated that the season will be “truly amazing” and will have many contestants sincerely dedicated to his craft.
Ahead of the show’s launch, Idol released teaser images of one of those contestants, 16-year-old Haven Madison. Her father, the lead singer of a Christian band, raised her in a tour van. She played guitar throughout the interview. Her performance of an original song, “Fifteen,” was a risky decision.
Platinum seats for the performance are expected to become available again. Judges will hand out platinum tickets at each audition location. During Hollywood Week, the candidate obtains a position and has access to the performances of other candidates to choose the best duo. American Idol season 21 begins on ABC on Sunday, February 19 at 8 pm ET. New episodes will be available on Hulu the day after they air on ABC, at 3 a.m. ET.