Paulding's Hutchinson named 'American Idol' runner-up to girlfriend Poppe

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The sixteenth (and sped-up) season of American Idol has already come to its close, and we have a new Idol: Maddie Poppe.

When host Ryan Seacrest finally declared the victor, Poppe embraced Hutchinson and appeared totally overwhelmed. I am honoured to know you and even more honoured to call you mine. "You'd be surprised, being America's sweetheart doesn't pay anything so if I do get a new nickname, I do hope it pays better than nothing". I remember looking at her.

"Not only is American Idol rigged but Gabby not winning is the biggest upset of 2018", another angry user posted. She says she had experienced so much heartbreak that she had planned to be single for a long time, but that all changed when she met Caleb. Well done, Caleb!" And another viewer defended Poppe as "talented, creative and an artist. 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 their performance, host Ryan Seacrest announced the show was giving both a trip to Hawaii for making it to the final two.

Hutchinson started the night off with his single "Johnny Cash Heart".

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Following a brief appearance of "The Bachelorette" star Becca Kufrin, the Top 3 singer Maddie took the stage to perform a sweet rendition of "Rainbow Connection" with Kermit the Frog.

The 19-year-old Dallas native has performed professionally for five years in competitions and at festivals, country music venues like Mill Town Music Hall in Bremen, and nightclubs and restaurants throughout west Georgia. The entire audience, including judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, cheered, as everyone was pleasantly surprised by their secret romance.

Before the results were announced, Hutchinson said he couldn't lose.

You can catch the top 7 - Poppe, Hutchinson, Barrett, Turner, Woodard, Jurnee and Cade Foehner - on tour across the US this summer with American Idol Live!, which kicks off July 11 in Redding, Calif.

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