Maddie Poppe Dating Caleb
"American Idol" has been a win-win for Iowa native Maddie Poppe. The singer not only topped Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Gabby Barrett during the singing competition's two-hour finale on Monday night, but she also found love on the show — with Hutchinson.
Poppe and Hutchinson had a very special onstage moment when they announced they had been secretly dating during the season, shocking fans and judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie. Then they sang a "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" medley, bringing host Ryan Seacrest to tears. Then, Seacrest announced that Hutchinson and Poppe had won a trip to Hawaii for placing first and second on the show.
Hutchinson seems perfectly happy to be in second place. He wrote on Twitter about Poppe, "MY GIRLFRIEND WON AMERICAN IDOL!!! No one deserved it more than you babe."
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 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/S0g73ZIyfP
— Caleb Lee Hutchinson (@calebleemusic) May 22, 2018
Later, Poppe told ET that she had hoped she and Hutchinson would land in the final two, saying, "I guess we were just kind of playing it by ear, but we really wished that this could happen. … I'm just so happy, so on top of the world, that I can't even believe that this is my life. It's pretty amazing."
— American Idol (@AmericanIdol) May 22, 2018
The couple said they started dating on Jan. 21. Hutchinson told ET that he didn't want to use their relationship to round up any votes. He said, "It was the first day of Hollywood Week and we haven't really spent any time apart since then.
It was one of those things where I didn't want it to affect anything, and I didn't want to exploit my feelings for her 'cause they're very, very real. Once voting was over, I was like, 'Shoot, I want the world to know.'"
He added of Poppe's win, "When I looked over at Maddie, I was like, 'I win either way.' I really do. I don't feel any type of bitter loss at all. I'm just so happy for her."
Fans reacted to Maddie Poppe Dating Caleb
I thoroughly enjoyed this season. A few of my favorites left earlier than I wanted, but was very pleased with the top 7. I am super pleased to see someone with Maddie's special talent win this. Her relationship with Caleb was an endearing surprise and ended the season well. Maddie Poppe Dating Caleb I feel so happy
Jessica van der Westhuizen Congrats Maddie Poppe you deserved it from day 1 ! Always just be yourself your amazing!! So Happy for you! And i Hoped you and Caleb Lee Hutchinson would get together so glad your a couple your beautiful together
Sarah Elizabeth Chapman Maddie deserves it. She seems to be such a. Sweet spirited young lady. Her and Caleb are just cute together. Congrats Maddie I was rooting for you since day one.
Eileen Russell I’m not really angry but I was so off ! Gabby for me was the whole package and Caleb well he had that voice you recognized right away Anyway there’s a bright future for Caleb and Gabby
Vera Broughton I cant believe Katy snubbed Meghan Markles dress especially when her hideous costumes were dug out of Phyllis Dillers wardrobe. Kate vs Meghan's dress smdh ….educate yourself on the Royal Family.
Kathy Ann No matter who was eliminated from the 3 down to 2, there would be 1/3 of the people upset that their favorite was not in the final. We need to just commend all the contestants for their hard work, determination and drive in getting to this point.
Every time American Idol (or other competition reality shows for that matter) sends a “favorite” home people are upset. Time will tell who actually succeeds.
Congratulations to Maddie, Caleb and Gabby for getting to the finale!
Veronica Szalanczy I wanted Maddie to win from the beginning, go girl, she is awesome, & is the total package…. Gabby was to conceded, and she looked like she had this in the bag, she will make it to, but there could only be 1 American Idol…Maddie, love that Maddie Poppe Dating Caleb
Krystin Myers Very upset that maddie won! I did not vote for her I thought gabby and caleb were alot better! But I do think maddie and caleb make a cute cupple and are happy for them! But just did not think she was good enough to win!
Cheryl Aldrich Marino Absolutely thrilled how everything turned out! I think they did a fantastic job finding the talented people that entertained us. Congratulations to everyone and especially Maddie Poppe. Looking forward to music from her and Caleb. Maddie Poppe Dating Caleb I am so happy for them.
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