Maddie Poppe Appeared On The ‘American Idol’ Finale, But The Feud Isn’t Over

Jill O'Rourke | Talent Recap

Last year’s American Idol winner Maddie Poppe has had some issues with the show this season. After not promoting her album and not scheduling her to perform her new single, Idol invited Maddie to the stage during Sunday night’s finale. But that doesn’t mean they’ve made up.

In case you missed it, the drama started when Maddie and her boyfriend (and last year’s runner-up) Caleb Lee Hutchinson performed on Disney night. The show cut to commercial break right after, despite Maddie saying the show had planned to plug her new album Whirlwind.

It didn’t help that Maddie wasn’t scheduled to perform on the season finale, but fellow contestant Gabby Barrett got to perform and promote her music during the Top 6 episode. Maddie started throwing shade at American Idol on Twitter, saying she didn’t want to promote a show that didn’t do the same in return. She also liked tweets from fans complaining about the show’s treatment of her.

Maddie Appears On The Finale

Cut to Sunday night, when Maddie made a brief appearance during the finale to talk with host Ryan Seacrest about her new album, which is out now. She also spoke about her experience winning the show last year.

The appearance kind of felt like damage control after so many fans spoke out about Idol‘s treatment of Maddie. Considering the finale was three hours long, and featured performances from various artists, it doesn’t make much sense that last season’s winner wasn’t asked to perform — especially when she has new music to promote.

Maddie Likes Anti-Idol Tweets

Maddie later retweeted Ryan’s tweet welcoming her back to the show, but there’s some other telling Twitter activity that proves this feud is far from over.

A quick glance at Maddie’s liked tweets from last night shows how she really feels about the way the show has treated her. One user called it “outrageous” that the show didn’t let her sing, while another said she fills 20 seconds better than Idol fills three hours.

Clearly, Maddie hasn’t exactly made up with the show, even if they did eventually give her the promotion she deserved. And can you really blame her? Since when does a performance from last year’s winner not warrant a few minutes out of a three-hour finale?


Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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