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‘American Idol’ Winner Maddie Poppe Describes The Moment She Won

Jack Tomas

Jack Tomas

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The producers of American Idol have played the drama in this season masterfully. Simon Cowell would be proud. On Monday’s finale episode of Idol Ryan Seacrest prompted finalists Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Maddie Poppe to reveal that they were dating mere moments before they competed for the winning position. So, what happened in that moment?

This built up the tension, of course. The whole ‘star-crossed lovers’ thing has worked since Shakespeare. Though they certainly didn’t seem upset, quite the opposite. It seems that both Maddie and Caleb knew who won before they announced it because Seacrest was waving the card around. She told ABC news,

“Every week … I [could] see the card, but I [didn’t] ever look. But this week … I knew I was gonna be able to see whose name it was. And I looked over at Caleb [Lee Hutchinson, the runner-up] and I couldn’t help but look down at the card, and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh! It’s my name!’ You can see Caleb wink at me and he kinda looks at me and in that moment, I knew that we both had seen the card.”

Way to go, Seacrest. Still, it was a very sweet moment and, nice Southern gentleman that he is, Caleb seemed genuinely happy that she won. I mean, having your girlfriend by the American Idol winner can’t be bad for you either. Maybe they’ll duet on her album.


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