Maddie Poppe Pens Heartfelt Message To Boyfriend Caleb Lee Hutchinson

She actually happens to be my girlfriend! Caleb Lee Hutchinson surprised everyone when he announced he and American Idol competitor Maddie Poppe were secretly dating

She actually happens to be my girlfriend! Caleb Lee Hutchinson surprised everyone when he announced he and American Idol competitor Maddie Poppe were secretly dating

Caleb kissed Maddie after she was crowned the victor of American Idol. She bested top 3 finalists Caleb Lee Hutchinson, a deep-voiced country crooner, and Gabby Barrett, who came in third.

Host Ryan Seacrest explained, "Back with you here live on "American Idol".

Last night, Maddie Poppe was crowned the season 16 victor of "American Idol".

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The audience went wild after Caleb made the revelation, and the news even caught judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan off guard.

"No one deserved it more than you, babe", he wrote. I am honored to know you and even more honored to call you mine.

She won his heart Caleb kissed Maddie after she was crowned the winner of American Idol
She won his heart Caleb kissed Maddie after she was crowned the winner of American Idol

It wouldn't be a finale without a little bit of drama thrown into the mix, as fans discovered that Hutchinson and Poppe were indeed a couple as they performed together on a medley of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World".

Poppe dedicated "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac to her hometown of Clarksville, Iowa and took a risk with a repeat of her own original song, "Don't Ever Let Your Children Grow Up". Don't forget about me.

"If you ask me, it was January 21 - the first day I laid eyes on her, ' he told People of when things became 'official" between him and Maddie.

Poppe added, referencing the large gold card that Seacrest was holding, "I saw the big 'Maddie Poppe, ' and I was like, well, hopefully it doesn't say this is the person who's getting cut".

The evening closed with Poppe winning $250,000 and a recording contract. Just to have actually been named the victor of the show is incredible because I was myself.




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