And that was before the win.
The final three became the top two when Gabby Barrett was eliminated, leaving Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Maddie Poppe to vie for the coveted title of the next "American Idol". Throughout the competition, Poppe continued to show America her singing abilities through songs like "The Bare Necessities" from The Jungle Book and her original song "Don't Ever Let Your Children Grow Up". He then joined forces with Gabby to belt out "Most People Are Good". Poppe will perform the Oscar-nominated "Rainbow Connection" with Kermit the Frog.
Poppe was the only contestant of the three not getting negative feedback from her first performance, which was of "Going Going Gone". Judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie all critiqued her performance of her song "Rivers Deep", hinting that it was better in the studio than it was on stage.
Blues guitar virtuoso Gary Clark Jr. performing his "Bright Lights" with contestants Dennis Lorenzo and Cade Foehner.
For fans who can't wait for Fall 2018, they can catch American Idol's Top 7 finalists as they prepare to hit the road for a nationwide tour this summer. He was joined by the top 10 contestants from this season who sang along with him onstage.
After having fun with the stellar performances, host Ryan Seacrest revealed the first finalist to make it to the Top 2. Caleb later teamed up with Darius Rucker for "Wagon Wheel", bringing all the country vibes to their performance.
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After months of competing against some of the most talented singers in the United States, the singer was crowned the Idol reboot's first champion.
She received vital support from judge Katy Perry.
The first half of Season 16's two-part finale featured Barrett discussing the challenge of being compared to Carrie Underwood, her self-proclaimed idol.
Gospel singer Yolanda Adams and contestant Michael J. Woodard will be backed by a gospel choir to sing "What the World Needs Now". The win was made slightly bittersweet by the announcement just minutes earlier that Caleb Lee Hutchinson andPoppe were dating.
But who won? After the two-hour special, Maddie was named the victor!