American Idol

American Idol Top 3 return home as idols

The American Idol Top 3 of Colin Stough, Megan Danielle and Iam Tongi enjoyed hometown visits Tuesday. (ABC Photo)

The American Idol Top 3 of Colin Stough, Megan Danielle and Iam Tongi enjoyed hometown visits Tuesday. (ABC Photo)


American Idol’s Top 3 return home to heroes’ receptions Tuesday.

For Iam Tongi, the trip back to Hawaii was a two-day affair.

Monday night, he was presented with an honorary degree at Kahuku High School, the school he attended before his family moved to Washington State.

On Tuesday, he visited his former elementary school, was the guest of honor in a parade down Kamehameha Highway and starred at a concert at the Turtle Bay Resort.

A local TV station caught up with him receiving a warm reception from the mayor of Honolulu and Hawaii Gov. Josh Green.

And a concert goer posted nearly the entire event to YouTube.

“This is all so crazy, man,” Iam posted to social media.

Megan Danielle returned home to Douglasville, Ga., where she was star of a parade and pep rally. That was followed by a concert at Douglas County High School, her alma mater.

A local TV station covered her homecoming here. And in this clip, Megan talks with reporters about her Christian faith and her goal as a vocalist.

No one has posted video from her concert yet, but if they do, I’ll add it. The city of Douglasville posted a large photo gallery from the event on Facebook.

“Thank you Douglasville 🤍,” Megan posted to social media. “Yesterday was such a blast and I am so overjoyed and grateful!”

Colin Stough’s hometown visit meant a return to Monroe County, Mississippi.

His stop included a visit to Hatley High School, a parade down Main Street and a concert at the Hatley football stadium, though it doesn’t sound as though the weather was very cooperative.

WTVA 9 News covered his hometown visit in this video, reporting that 1,100 students attended his school pop rally and May 16 was declared Colin Stough Day. They also interviewed Colin in the video. Here’s another clip of the station’s coverage of his visit.

Wrote Colin on social media: “Thank you so much to the law enforcement, fire dept, school stall, everyone I know I’m missing a lot. y’all have made this experience amazing for me love y’all. Thank you to mister Ricky Medlocke (of Lynyrd Skynyrd) for coming up and playing and signing my guitar.”

The three-hour American Idol Season 21 finale is Sunday night at 8 p.m. eastern time.

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