Maddie Poppe crowned Season 16 victor of 'American Idol'

Maddie Poppe crowned Season 16 victor of 'American Idol'

"But now? Now it's just ruined because it was very obviously staged with her and Caleb", one user wrote of the surprise announcement.

'American Idol' crowns Maddie Poppe victor over Caleb Lee Hutchinson, and they're dating! Hutchinson sang "Folsom Prison Blues", which definitely proved that he has what it takes to be the next American Idol. Barrett then sang "Don't Stop Believin'" for her final performance, which got her a standing ovation from Steve Perry himself.

Poppe's first single is "Going, Going, Gone".

While her family was put on the back burner for a bit so she could pursue her dreams, Maddie did happen to find long-lasting friendships on the show.

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Preliminary Nielsen data indicates ABC, with 8.7 million viewers and a 1.5/6 in adults 18-49 (8-11 p.m.), took the night from first-place NBC.

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Cade Foehner and Dennis Lorenzo delivered an equally stunning performance as they shared the stage with Grammy victor Gary Clark Jr.

Before American Idol came to an end on Fox in 2016, country singer Trent Harmon was crowned as the Season 15 champion. But most of all, I want to thank my family for their unconditional love, my best friends. "Going into this, I didn't really know me apart from what I liked to sing".

Then, on the two-hour finale of "American Idol", Iowa college student Maddie Poppe upset frontrunner Gabby Barrett and her boyfriend, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, to win the show, a recording contract with Hollywood Records and a performance at the Radio Disney Awards. "It feels so good to finally get it them". Not to be outdone by Richie, fellow judges Bryan and Katy Perry also performed.

American Idol will be returning to ABC with an all new season. Dunwoody native Ryan Seacrest has hosted the show throughout its history. After weeks of singing their heart out and climbing to the top of the ladder for America's vote, only one of the fan-beloved contestants could win.

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