Maddie Poppe becomes first Iowan to win American Idol

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Maddie Poppe and Caleb Lee Hutchinson on American Idol

The finalists - Caleb Hutchinson, Gabby Barrett and Maddie Poppe - gave their final performances on Sunday, May 20, each proving they deserved to be there.

The original song will be the first single forAmerican Idol's Season 16 victor. They love you!" Pointing to the judges he added: "And they love you. "Girl, you've changed for the better", Perry said. She said it was an "interesting song" but wished Caleb had embodied the song more and made it his own. Poppe was the last to perform with her single "Going, Going Gone". Fellow judge Luke Bryan echoed Katy's remark, saying that Caleb looked more tight than usual. Legendary Journey lead singer Steve Perry was on-hand to see Gabby perform his band's song and he more than approved.

Taking the mood to a new level, cast-off Ada Vox then took the stage with a huge wig and train for a sensational performance of "Lady Marmalade". Lionel said great song selection is important but will come with time and experience. The singer with the highest total number of votes will be declared as American Idol Season 16 grand victor.

Ryan Seacrest is about to announce who won American Idol 2018.

Maddie also has some experience in the music industry, having already released an album of original material, Songs From The Basement, in 2016.

Hutchinson leaned on his country boy charm in all three of his performances.

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Caleb's second round was his encore performance of his best song of the season, "Don't Close Your Eyes" by Keith Whitley. Lionel complimented him on his voice. Television personality Ryan Seacrest is slated to return as the host.

The next performer was Gabby, who opted for Miranda Lambert's "Little Red Wagon". More of the show's cast-offs appeared tonight, to perform classic hits for viewers as well.

Maddie later sang her memorable original song, "Don't Ever Let Your Children Grow Up". I could relax watching you. "Wake up!" Katy said before Round 3 commenced.

This week, iHeartRadio host Bobby Bones mentored Barrett, Hutchinson and Poppe, whose set lists included an original single, a repeat of their favorite song performed so far and a hometown dedication, after going back to their respective hometowns to perform for their communities.

Caleb showed his Johnny Cash heart in his final performance, putting on a black suit and an elaborately-stitched western shirt to do "Folsom Prison Blues". It was a fun, buoyant performance.



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