Maddie Poppe is the winner of American Idol Season 16.
The 20-year-old Iowa native was crowned the winner after out-singing fellow finalists Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Gabby Barrett.
Gabby was eliminated part way through the finale on Monday, which came as a shock to fans who believed she had the competition in the bag.
·Maddie thanks her fans for support:
"I don’t even know what to say. I couldn’t have dreamt of a more perfect night. Thank you to all of America for believing in me when I didn’t even believe in myself. A year ago I was lost and uncertain how I would be able to make this happen for myself. I cried and worried and wondered if this dream would ever pan out for me. So many times I contemplated giving up, but at the last second my saving grace came through when at American Idol dropped into my life.
Not only has this show given me a platform to build my career on, but it has given me countless lifelong friends who I’ll love and cherish forever. All of these things and so much more, but one of the best gifts it’s given me is Caleb Hutchinson. This guy captured my heart from the start and showed me what love truly means. I’ve never cared for or adored another person so much, Caleb Lee Hutchinson 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. Thank you everyone, this is truly everything I’ve ever wanted and I absolutely CANNOT believe this is my life. So blessed, so grateful. Thank you."
Who is Maddie Poppe?
Maddie Poppe is a 20-year-old winner of season 16 of American Idol. She's from Clarksville, Iowa and is a student.
Before appearing on American Idol, Maddie was a student at Iowa Central Community College, which she enrolled in in 2016. She's now studying at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa.
According to The Messenger, she was studying graphic design at her first university, but has since transferred to study digital mass media.
Speaking on her career aspirations, Maddie told the publication that music is her true passion: 'I really don't want to pursue anything else or do anything else. I don't think I could ever stop doing it or walk away.'
Maddie is currently on hiatus from school while she competes on American Idol.
ike fellow finalist Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Maddie auditioned to be on The Voice.
She told Waverly Newspapers she didn't make it far into the competition, however.
'I think every musician has to be told no before something really big happens for them,' she said. 'I really think I needed to go through that experience because…it tested my determination [and] my perseverance.'
Maddie currently has an album out called Songs from the Basement, which is available on iTunes and Spotify. It was released in 2016.
In addition to being a great singer, Maddie is a talented instrumentalist. She plays guitar, ukulele and keyboard.
Caleb and Maddie
Maddie Poppe and Caleb Lee Hutchinson revealed after Gabby Barrett's elimination that they are a couple.
During the finale, Caleb told Ryan Seacrest: 'She's my best pal. I've known her since Hollywood Week, and she actually happens to be my girlfriend.'
It's unclear how long they've been dating one another, but they appear to be in love. Caleb shared
MY GIRLFRIEND WON AMERICAN IDOL!!! No one deserved it more than you babe. I am honored to know you and even more honored to call you mine. Don't forget about me. I love you,' he wrote.
Many Twitter users felt the announcement that Caleb and Maddie were a couple was staged and they weren't happy about it.
'American Idol is rigged,' One user said.
Maddie Poppe Beach Boys
Maddie Poppe recently performed the Beach Boys hit single God Only Knows. The song blew the judges away, especially Luke Bryan who said he didn't know the song 'but, like, I wanted to go skipping down a beach'.
Maddie was visibly emotional after the performance. Perhaps because it had a special meaning to her.
Speaking with HollywoodLife on her song selection, Maddie explained: 'I've always loved that song.
'I was talking with my vocal coach about that and I said, "I wanna sing this song," and he said, "Yeah we need to sing that song some week."
'Well, then we found out Mother's Day week was coming up and I though…man, I mean, could I sing that for Mother's Day? It's kinda saying that we drive each other crazy, but I'd be nothing without you. I've loved that song since I first heard it and I love the Beach Boys, so that's why I picked that song.'
Maddie Poppe Bare Necessities
During Disney Week on American Idol Season 16, Maddie Poppe performed Bare Necessities from The Jungle Book.
The performance wowed judges and the audience and pushed her through to another week of competition.
Video of the performance uploaded to YouTube has been viewed more than 600,000 times.
What does the American Idol winner receive as a prize?
The American Idol winner gets a recording contract with Hollywood Records and a cash prize of $250,000 (£185,000)
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