Maddie Poppe is the crowned winner of American Idol Season 16, Caleb Lee Hutchinson runner up.
Maddie Poppe is the announced winner of American Idol 2018 on Monday, May 21, 2018.
The 20-year-old singer from Clarksville, Iowa, who brought powerhouse performances to the top-rating singing competition American Idol, beats Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Gabby Barrett in the public vote.
On Sunday, the Top 3 finalists performed three songs each — Hometown Dedication, Reprise Performance and Winner’s Single.
Maddie Poppe brought outstanding performances of Landslide and Don’t Ever Let Your Children Grow Up.
She also performed her coronation song called “Going Going Gone” as her first single during the finale episode.
The winner was announced at the end of a two-hour finale featuring performances from Idol past contestants, Idol Judges, Nick Jonas, Bebe Rexha and many more.
Maddie Poppe took home the cash prize and earned a recording contract deal with Big Machine.
American Idol is an American singing competition television series created by Simon Fuller. It airs on Fox from 2002 and ended with it 15th season in 2016. On March 11, 2018, the 16th season will make its debut on ABC.
The American Idol winner is determined by television viewers through public voting. The winner will receive cash prize and a record deal with Big Machine Records.