The DailyMail interviewed American Idol champ Iam Tongi about what it called “THAT rigging scandal” — a suggestion that Colin was somehow unfairly robbed of an Idol victory.
The 18-year-old handled the question liked a pro, saying: ‘Everyone gets their own opinion. Everyone gets to think what they think. So, it’s fine.’
‘My dad always told me that your music’s not meant for everyone. There’s going to be people that are not going to like it and that’s OK, that’s normal.'”
Meanwhile, what rigging scandal? The entire idea is a flimsily constructed notion designed to get web hits.
There have been times when I’ve wondered about the outcomes on singing shows (Chris Blue’s win over Lauren Duski on Season 12 of The Voice being example A).
Their have been times when I believe producers went overboard in tipping the scales toward one contestant (everything that happened en route to Jordan Smith’s win on Season 9 of The Voice being example A).
Season 21 of American Idol?
It wasn’t one of those times in either case. Iam struck a chord with fans that no one else has since the show moved to ABC.
And anyone who thinks the outcome was rigged is ignoring all the evidence to the contrary.
Each week, Idol posted performances to YouTube. Each week, Iam’s were the most popular. By a wide, wide margin.
When the Top 5 released original songs, it was Iam’s “I’ll Be Seeing You” that almost immediately soared into the Top 10 on Apple Music, eventually reaching number one.
And Iam currently has 730,000 followers on Instagram. Colin and Megan Danielle, the other finalists, have yet to top 200,0000.
Then there was the crowd’s enthusiast response and the chants of Iam every time he stepped onto the Idol stage.
My only question: Would the time zone difference hurt Iam? In Hawaii, Idol’s finale aired from 2 to 5 p.m.
But the wildly enthusiast response to his homecoming — he was even greeted by the mayor of Honolulu and Hawaii Gov. Josh Green — pretty much allayed those concerns.
In Iam’s case, I think it’s pretty clear. No rigging was required.