The Clarksville native became the first Iowan to make it to the finals of the American Idol 2018. Maddie Poppe gets a parade in her honor Tuesday afternoon and will give a free concert at the Butler County Fairgrounds Tuesday evening as a finalist on American Idol 2018 season 16
There’s a “we love Maddie” sign or something similar on nearly every building on Main Street in the Butler County town of 1,400 people.
Today, beginning at 6:00 a.m., Poppe will make an appearance on the TV9 Morning News.
The mayor will make a presentation at 2:30 p.m. in Clarksville followed by a town parade at 5:00 p.m.
The free concert begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Butler County Fairgrounds, 214 South Main St. in Allison. It’s first come-first served for seating.
It was a pleasure to welcome Maddie Poppe back to KCRG-TV9 this morning for her hometown visit! She’s got a one in three chance of becoming the next American Idol. This was the start of a busy day for Maddie – she’ll meet with Clarksville’s mayor at 2:30pm before a parade in Clarksville at 5pm and a free concert at the Butler County Fairgrounds at 6:30pm.
Maddie Poppe arrives at The Eastern Iowa Airport – CID for her hometown visit as a finalist for American Idol
The 20-year-old from Clarksville has a one in three chance of being the next American Idol.
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"I remember standing there thinking we're all going to be ok," Poppe said when talking about how she felt while waiting to hear if she would make the top three.
Throughout her journey, Poppe's parents have supported her along the way and have made appearances on the show.
"It's been stressful for me it's been a whirlwind. For them, I know me being gone for this long, I'm so busy out there and we don't get to talk very much. I know that they miss me a lot, but I think that they know this is what I've always wanted. I think it's all going to be worth it," Poppe said.
We wish her the best of luck and send her some “Iowa love” as she performs in the two night Idol finale, starting Sunday night on TV9! She’s a genuine, humble and talented gal who will go far, no matter what.