'American Idol' finale ends with a twist


Maddie Poppe, Gabby Barrett and Caleb Lee Hutchinson went to head to head in the most recent episode.They had to perform three songs each: one of their single, one song from a past performance and one dedicated to their hometown.

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. The outspoken American Idol judge gave the super secretive lovebirds a thumbs up after they made their relationship public during Monday night's finale of the ABC reality show.

After having fun with the stellar performances, host Ryan Seacrest revealed the first finalist to make it to the Top 2.

On Monday night, Maddie Poppe was crowned this season's victor of the reality singing competition, which ABC revived in March with star judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. "I've known her since Hollywood Week, and she actually happens to be my girlfriend". I remember looking at her. After Maddie was crowned the champion, Entertainment Tonight caught up with the couple backstage and they couldn't stop gushing over each other.

"It was one of those things where I didn't want it to affect anything, and I didn't want to exploit my feelings for her 'cause they're very, very real", the American Idol runner-up told ET.

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Poppe and Hutchinson announced on the program that they're dating, surprising judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie.

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

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. We didn't even really have a chance to miss it! "Going into this, I didn't really know me apart from what I liked to sing".

Then, Seacrest announced that Hutchinson and Poppe had won a trip to Hawaii for placing first and second on the show.

American Idol will be returning to ABC with an all new season.

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