Maddie Poppe Shades ‘American Idol’ Amid Promotion Controversy

Maddie Poppe Lashes Out American IdolKyle Montplaisir | Talent Recap

Maddie Poppe has been caught throwing some subtle shade at American Idol recently. But now, she isn’t being so subtle anymore. After botching her new album announcement on the show, things only got worse when 2nd runner-up Gabby Barrett was invited to perform her new song during Top 6 week.

So why is American Idol failing to promote Maddie’s new album, “Whirlwind,” (out May 17th)? And what does Maddie have to say about it? Well the answer to that is, a lot!

Here’s the Situation…

In case you missed it, Maddie has been live-tweeting with most of this season of American Idol. She has even made friendships with contestants like Margie Mays and Walker Burroughs because of it. But per the tweet above, it seems like that is over now. She doesn’t feel like it’s fair that she’s promoting the show when they aren’t promoting her back. And for good reason!

What happened leading up to her tweet is this: Maddie was supposed to announce her new album, “Whirlwind,” out May 17th, after her Disney Week duet with her boyfriend, Caleb Lee Hutchinson. That didn’t happen. She was also supposed to come back to perform at the Idol Finale this season. That is no longer happening. But this week, Gabby Barrett, last season’s third-place finisher, came back to sing her single “I Hope.” She also spoke to Ryan Seacrest at-length about her new music and her record deal with Warner Music Nashville.

out May 17th, after her Disney Week duet with her boyfriend, Caleb Lee Hutchinson. That didn’t happen. She was also supposed to come back to perform at the Idol Finale this season. That is no longer happening. But this week, Gabby Barrett, last season’s third-place finisher, came back to sing her single “I Hope.” She also spoke to Ryan Seacrest at-length about her new music and her record deal with Warner Music Nashville.

Fan Backlash

Well that didn’t sit well with people watching at home. Especially since Maddie was not able to sing any of her new, original music or even talk about it coming out on the show! And, to say the least, fans are NOT happy.

Here are just a handful of the tweets about Maddie’s treatment:

https://twitter.com/poppe_n_hutch/status/1125229602748674052
https://twitter.com/aimtommom/status/1125203409819271170

The best part about this? These are all tweets that MADDIE HERSELF has liked on Twitter. That’s right, Maddie has read and liked each one of the tweets above. And many more! If you want to read them all, check out her “liked tweets.”

The Real Issue

All that being said, she really isn’t being given the promotion she deserves after winning. Yes, she got to come onto the auditions this season as Lady MaPo (which seemed promising at the time, but now is just kind of insulting that that is one of two times she was invited back). And yes, she and Caleb sang “A Whole New World” together a few weeks ago. But she hasn’t been able to even mention any of her new music. She was also making “An American Idol Story: Maddie Poppe” YouTube videos after her win, but the last one was posted EIGHT months ago.

For the show that talks about making “the next big stars,” Idol really isn’t doing anything to try to make that happen this time around.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kyle Montplaisir
Kyle Montplaisir

Kyle Montplaisir is a contributor and host at Talent Recap. He is the lead detective for the site on 'The Masked Singer' and an encyclopedia of knowledge on 'The Voice' and 'American Idol'. A graduate of Pepperdine University, Kyle is originally from Arizona, but now lives in Los Angeles. When he isn’t watching talent shows and game shows, Kyle loves eating dessert, singing karaoke, and spending time with his wife, Hannah, and dog, Stella

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