Iowa native Maddie Poppe wins 'American Idol'

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He began his journey to the top two on "American Idol" during open auditions in Piedmont Park in Atlanta in August.

Poppe, 20, is from Clarksville, Indiana. "I mean, it was honestly, it wasn't as challenging as you might think", he explained.

The 19-year-old contestant from Iowa wowed the judges and audiences alike throughout the final, performing Fleetwood Mac's Landslide and original song Don't Ever Let Your Children Grow. Hutchinson and Maddie's surprise announcement was the sweetest moment of the night, and it made their top two duet even more special. ABC had promised to put its stamp on the show, which logged 15 seasons on Fox, and the new "Idol" is certainly less cynical than the Simon Cowell years.

Poppe broke down in tears when host Ryan Seacrest called her name, and struggled to get through coronation song Going Going Gone, her first single on Hollywood Records.

It was later time to find out the champion of current season of "American Idol".




"The two of them are a couple and they're competing for the title!" I don't doubt for a minute that it's going to do great numbers within my fan base. "Getting to stand by her was the best". So dim the lights, here we go: The victor of "American Idol" Season 16 is ...

Judge Lionel Richie killed the opening with his iconic "All Night Long" and later on, Judge Katy Perry took the stage to perform with cast-off contestant Catie Turner, singing Perry's song "Part of Me". Before viewers got to know who's the victor, the singing competition show had tons to offer including stunning performances from both the contestants and the judges.

"Who cares about American Idol now because Gabby should have won", one user wrote.

It wasn't something Maddie was expecting to get from American Idol.

Not only did America crown a new American Idol victor on Monday night's finale of the hit competition series, but fans also were shocked to learn that victor Maddie Poppe and runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson had been secretly dating.

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