(podcast) Iam Tongi talks “American Idol”, family and music

(February 22, 2023) Thank you, Iam Tongi and his wide circle of supporters! His “American Idol” audition performance of James Blunt’s “Monsters” has struck a chord for those even outside of the talent competition audience. I had a chance to talk story with the 18 year old about musical inspirations, the importance of family and “Mike’s Huli Huli Chicken” 🙂

When you visit the YouTube page below, I created index tabs to jump around our conversation. Also, our conversation opens with his easy greeting that put us both at ease!:




Iam Tongi says living in Washington State is not at all like living in Hawaii, with “American Idol” judges agreeing with laughter.

His appearance on Season 21’s “Auditions Week” has renewed interest and gained new fans of James Blunt’s 2019 song, “Monsters”.