Incredible Singer’s Version Of “Sound Of Silence” Earns A Standing Ovation From All Three Judges

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We are all blessed with different talents, and how we’ll nurture and showcase them are all up to us.

Meet Iam

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Iam Tongi is an incredible singer from Hawaii who joined American Idol 2023.

His Dad’s Condition


Iam’s dad got sick a couple of years ago and had to go through dialysis. That was when he realized he only had a few days to live.

Bonding Time


As his dad was the one who introduced him to the love of music, Iam spent a lot of time with him in his last few months, recording videos of themselves singing together.

His Source Of Strength

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Iam’s mom, Lillie, said that, now that his dad is gone, he would watch those videos before he sleeps and when he’s feeling lonely. His father’s passing affected him so much that there were times when he wouldn’t even want to sing anymore.

Big Night

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On American Idol 2023’s competition night for the top 24, Iam performed his version of “Sound Of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel.

People Were Stunned

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The audience and the judges were in awe the whole time he was playing. Iam was just sitting at the center of the stage, playing his guitar, and singing the song effortlessly, but that was all it took to captivate everyone in the room.

Emotional Moment

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All three judges, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan, were exclaiming compliments while he was performing. Katy Perry even shed some tears while listening to his angelic voice, and, of course, all three of them gave him a standing ovation at the end.

Top 24


When the results came in, Katy Perry said that there was only one spot left for the top 24, and that Iam got it.

Plot Twist

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After his competitors, Matt Wilson and Colin Stough, congratulated him, the judges then revealed that the producers decided to bump up the top 24 into top 26, which meant that all three of them were in for the next round.

Watch Iam’s beautiful performance of “Sound Of Silence” in the video below.

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