18-year-old Iam Tongi wins "American Idol" Season 21 in a shocking finale, leaving fans nationwide surprised and thrilled.
Iam Tongi wins "American Idol" Season 21 with "I'll Be Seeing You," earning $250,000 and a recording contract with Hollywood Records/19 Recordings as the first non-country winner in three years.
Iam Tongi's emotional audition of "Monster" becomes "American Idol's" most viewed YouTube video with 16 million+ views, dedicated to his late father.
Iam Tongi, a talented 18-year-old singer of Tongan, Samoan, and Irish descent, originally from Kahuku, Hawaii, now resides in Federal Way, Washington, outside of Seattle, after his family moved due to affordability.
Honolulu Mayor celebrates Iam Tongi's success, calling it a proud day for Hawaii and the residents of Kahuku, highlighting his talent and big-heartedness.