Paulding's Hutchinson named 'American Idol' runner-up to girlfriend Poppe

Aaron Brown
May 23, 2018

Heading into the finale, it was down to the top three contestants, Gabby Barrett, Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Poppe.

During the two-hour special, Poppe resurrected her "Rainbow Connection" cover she originally sang on her "Idol" audition - this time accompanied by Kermit the Frog "playing" banjo.

Hutchinson revealed the news on the final night of the 2018 reboot season of the classic reality music competition show, which debuted on ABC-TV this season after a decade and a half on Fox.

The show has since struggled to recapture some of the popularity it enjoyed at the peak of its original run, but ABC has already picked up another season of "Idol" with all three judges and host Ryan Seacrest signed on to return.

"American Idol" has been a win-win for Iowa native Maddie Poppe.

"Honestly. before this episode began, I was completely okay with Maddie Poppe winning". "Through this whole thing, me and her haven't been apart". "We really wished that this could happen and just that it happened, I'm just so happy, so on top of the world, that I can't even believe this is my life, so it's pretty awesome", she gushed.

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"I met him the first day of Hollywood Week, and of all the people that day, he stood out to me the most".

"No one deserved it more than you, babe", he wrote. We didn't even really have a chance to miss it! Poppe brought down the house with her rendition of Stevie Nicks' "Landslide", and by the end of Sunday's show, judge Perry proclaimed, "I'm voting for you". We weren't looking for anything.

You can catch the top 7 - Poppe, Hutchinson, Barrett, Turner, Woodard, Jurnee and Cade Foehner - on tour across the U.S. this summer with American Idol Live!, which kicks off July 11 in Redding, Calif. "I knew very quickly".

Hutchinson announced he and "best pal" Poppe were dating. The lovebirds were then awarded a complimentary trip to Disney's Aulani resort in Hawaii, where they will no doubt continue to make lovely music together.

American Idol has been renewed for a second season on ABC.

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