Maddie Poppe Is Latest ‘American Idol’ Winner

Maddie Poppe took home the latest American Idol crown in the second part of the show’s two-part finale, beating out fellow finalists Gabby Barrett and Caleb Lee Hutchinson for the win.

Poppe performed three songs, including “Landslide,” which she dedicated to her hometown, and also repeated her original, “Don’t Ever Let Your Children Grow Up.” She wrapped her three songs with “Going Going Gone” as the winner of the ABC reboot, which will return for a second season it was just announced. During the show it was also revealed that Poppe and Hutchinson are officially a couple.

During Poppe’s American Idol run, she offered up renditions of gems made famous by Sheryl Crow and The Beach Boys, as well as Randy Travis’ 1988 hit “I Told You So” (which Carrie Underwood later recorded and released as a duet with Travis in 2009).

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