"American Idol" victor Maddie Poppe, runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson, third-place finisher Gabby Barrett and the rest of the Top 7 are heading out on the road this summer to play a series of live concert dates around the country.
Then, Seacrest announced that Hutchinson and Poppe had won a trip to Hawaii for placing first and second on the show. "Once voting was over, I was like, 'Shoot, I want the world to know'".
The contestants then came for one more performance, a song dedicated to their hometown. "I'm so disappointed in America's vote", another noted. "I really did because my music is not mainstream, so to know that I pulled this off just doing what I love and I didn't have to change myself, it's incredible".
A lot of people - including me - questioned the wisdom of the network when it yanked "American Idol" out of moth balls so soon after the iconic singing competition signed off in 2016 after a "farewell" season on Fox. And week after week, viewers saw her blossom into an artist. "She is not another cookie cutter diva". "She's my best pal", Caleb told host, Ryan Seacrest, 43.
Hutchinson started the night off with his single "Johnny Cash Heart". Hutchinson sang "Don't Close Your Eyes" by Keith Whitley, which allowed him to give a more heartfelt and romantic performance than usual. Just after they revealed they were a couple, they took the stage for a duet of the song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole.
ABC's reboot of American Idol has crowned a new reigning champion Monday in Maddie Poppe.
He then received the show's "golden ticket" to Hollywood and successfully lost 70 pounds before traveling to California in January and earning the judges' approval to move to the next round in March.
Before the results were announced, Hutchinson said he couldn't lose.