‘American Idol’ Stars Megan Danielle And Iam Tongi To Reunite For Special Concert In Hawaii

“It’s going to be so magical, so amazing,” Danielle teased.


Madeleine O’Connell

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December 4, 2023


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Megan Danielle, Iam Tongi; Photos Courtesy ABC, American Idol

American Idol Season 21 winner, Iam Tongi, and finalist Megan Danielle, are heading to Hawaii to unite for a special concert on December 9.

Tongi was the first to share the news of his upcoming headlining show, stating that “it’s a dream come true” for him to get to return to his home to perform in front of all his fans. Today, Danielle took to her own Instagram feed to share that she has been tapped as one of the special guests alongside Hawaii-based reggae artist Kolohe Kai and more acts that have yet to be announced. 

As she shared in her caption, each of the artists will get the chance to deliver their own individual sets in addition to coming together to perform some “really special duets.”

Her post included a tropical graphic alongside a caption that read, “Aloha Hawai’i! 🌺 I am so excited that I am going to see my friend Iam Tongi again and join him at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu on December 9th. Each of us is going to play a set of our own music and we’re also going to perform some really special duets for you. ❤️”

This post was followed up with a video in which Danielle expressed her excitement for the opportunity to once again share the stage with Tongi. 

“It’s going to be so magical, so amazing. I hope to see all of you there, god bless y’all,” she said at the end of the clip. 

Presented by Rick Bartalini, Yessah: Iam Tongi Returns to Hawaii will take place at Hawaii’s Blaisdell Arena on December 9. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased HERE. VIP packages are also available. 

What Has Iam Tongi Been Up To Since Idol?

Iam Tongi; Photo Courtesy YouTube
Iam Tongi; Photo Courtesy YouTube

Just a few months ago, Danielle was named runner-up of the singing competition show and Tongi earned the highest honor as he was named the next American Idol. Following their milestone wins, the artists each parted ways and continued pursuing their own respective paths in music. 

Iam Tongi is often seen sharing acoustic covers of songs by some of the biggest names in country music, like Garth Brooks and Morgan Wallen, as well as some local Hawaiian heroes such as Sean Na’auao, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole and more. However, on top of that, he has also been putting in the work to deliver some original songs as well. 

Most recently, he released his latest single, “Why Kiki?” on September 22 followed by his very-first holiday EP titled, “An Iam Tongi Christmas.” The three-track project includes unique renditions of classics including “White Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” and “Mele Kalikimaka.”

Penned by Drew Trosclair, Jake Rose, Jamie Paulin, Luke Preston and Paul Sikes, the authentic Hawaiian tune of “Why Kiki?” transports listeners to the stunning island views while Tongi illustrates the challenge of trying to get over a heartbreak.

Throughout the steady chorus, Tongi painfully asks, “Why Kiki/Why you wanna do me like that Kiki/Why you gotta hurt me so bad Kiki/Why you got me down on my knees…”

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Iam Tongi has gotten the chance to showcase his growing discography through various shows throughout the summer and the fall. Looking ahead to 2024, he has already booked a few sets at festivals such Cali Vibes, the Dallas Reggae Festival and Holo Holo Vegas Music Festival. 

Megan Danielle On Mental Health And New Music In Progress

Megan Danielle has also been playing some headlining shows and even embarked on a summer tour in support of fellow Idol alum, Maddie Poppe. Back in September, the female songstress took to Instagram to share an honest update with fans letting them in on her recent struggles with mental health. In her message, she also explained why she took a “very much needed” break to focus on herself since readjusting to life after Idol

“Even though Idol was a life changer, I have been struggling with my mental health. Some days are harder than others – I try to rush God’s plan for my life and we all know, that is impossible,” Danielle wrote. 

She also hinted that new music is in the works that she is looking forward to sharing soon. So far, Danielle has only released one song since her days on Idol, her single “Dream Girl,” which was co-penned by Season 17 Idol alum Laci Kaye Booth and Logan Wall.

Megan Danielle; Photo by Easton Schirra
Megan Danielle; Photo by Easton Schirra

Fans have gotten a taste of what’s to come from the Georgia native through snippets of unreleased tunes posted to social media. Most recently, she previewed a faith-centered song called “Where I’m Home.”

“I wrote this as not only a reminder for myself, but for others that God is always there. His arms are always wide open and he loves us so much,” she wrote in the caption alongside a video that highlighted her stunning vocals. 

Following the show with Iam Tongi, Megan Danielle will perform shows in Port St. Joe, FL. on December 15, Gainesville, GA on February 9 and Greenwood, SC on February 29.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.