Maddie Poppe crowned Season 16 victor of 'American Idol'
- Author: Rogelio Becker May 23, 2018,
May 23, 2018, 0:26
During the finale episode, it was revealed that the top two contestants, Maddie Poppe and Caleb Lee Hutchinson, are actually an item, which pretty much shocked everyone.
And not just from fans rooting for their favorites.
Gabby Barrett performed her hometown dedication, "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey, to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a repeat performance of "Little Red Wagon" by Miranda Lambert, and her winner's single: "Rivers Deep". Early predictions from GoldDerby initially pegged Barrett as the likely victor followed by Poppe and Hutchinson. That's right. These two are boyfriend and girlfriend, and they were competing head-to-head for the win.
A lot of people - including me - questioned the wisdom of the network when it yanked "American Idol" out of moth balls so soon after the iconic singing competition signed off in 2016 after a "farewell" season on Fox. And the singer who has won is ...
You can see Maddie Poppe and Caleb Lee Hutchinson talking about their relationship in the video below. Then, all of her fellow contestants rushed the stage to tackle her with a giant hug. No WONDER they sang Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Among her other memorable performances was her take on Simon and Garfunkel's "Homeward Bound" and the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows". Some of the stars who showed up included LeAnn Rimes, Jason Aldean and Jimmy Kimmel. The entire audience, including judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, cheered, as everyone was pleasantly surprised by their secret romance.
What was seriously adorable tonight was the duet between Hutchinson and Poppe. As their families watched and smiled from the crowd, the two couldn't help but blush as they performed together. They ended their performance holding hands and sharing a hug! They were also awarded with a trip to Disney's Aulani resort in Oahu. In the middle of his performance, he was joined by the top 10 finalists. It was a night full of action, love and surprises.