Iowa's Maddie Poppe wins American Idol

Iowa's Maddie Poppe wins American Idol

Iowa's Maddie Poppe wins American Idol

American Idol Top 2 contestants Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Maddie Poppe, who just minutes before let everyone know they were a couple, found out which of them would be the newest American Idol.

"Well, Maddie is my pal and I've known her since the beginning of Hollywood week", Hutchinson said. The entire audience, including judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, cheered, as everyone was pleasantly surprised by their secret romance.

After weeks of giving everything up in the live performances and the excruciating pressure during the voting rounds, American Idol finally determined a victor.

"I was thinking, 'I don't know that this going to happen for me.' The fact that I'm here and I can say I won the show is incredible", she said. She and Catie Turner had shared a room up until Catie was eliminated from the show two weeks ago.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Iowa native Maddie Poppe has won "American Idol". "I've never cared for or adored another person so much, @calebleemusic you mean so much to me and I'm so blessed to be able to have had you alongside me throughout this journey and hopefully for many more moons to come, xo".

"God bless them because they have waited for over two years now". Don't forget about me.

Before the results were announced, Hutchinson said he couldn't lose.

This season's mentors Nick Jonas and Bebe Rexha each returned for performances with recent Idol hopefuls, as did special guests Gary Clark Jr., LeAnn Rimes, Patti LaBelle and Yolanda Adams (joining should-be victor Michael J. Woodard for What the World Needs Now, the night's roof-raising highlight).

According to USA Today, top seven contestants from the show will be touring across USA, coming July onward on the American Idol Live! tour. Hutchinson and Maddie's surprise announcement was the sweetest moment of the night, and it made their top two duet even more special. Just to have actually been named the victor of the show is incredible because I was myself.

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