Season 21's winner was the Hawaiian vocalist.
Iam Tongi responded to criticism after winning American Idol 5.
Iam Tongi replied to criticism after winning American Idol.Credit: ABC Critics said season 21 of American Idol was rigged for him to win.
5 Critics said season 21 of American Idol was rigged for him to win.Getty Images The 18-year-old musician responded to charges that American Idol was "rigged" in his favor days after his victory.
In the finale, Iam delivered several emotive songs that wowed the judges and audience.
Despite voting, several supporters believed he deserved the title.
According to The Daily Mail Online, he loves the criticism.
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