The American Idol grand finale is over and there's only one question left to answer: Who won American Idol 2018? The answer: Maddie Poppe! Tonight was the culmination of a months-long journey to become the American Idol 2018 winner and featured incredible performances not only from the Top 3, including Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Gabby Barrett, but also from judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan. The night included performances from mentors and guests including Nick Jonas, Bebe Rexha, and Kermit the Frog as well as American Idol 2018 Top 10 contestants Ada Vox, Cade Foehner, Catie Turner, Dennis Lorenzo, Jurnee, Michael J. Woodard, and Michelle Sussett. Here are some highlights featuring Maddie that you won't want to miss!
Maddie Poppe is Your New American Idol
It all came down to this. American Idol Top 2 contestants Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Maddie Poppe, who just minutes before let everyone know they were a couple, found out which of them would be the newest American Idol.
Maddie Sings with Kermit the Frog
Maddie immediately set herself apart when she auditioned by singing "Rainbow Connection" and it all came full circle when she performed the song live during the American Idol finale with Kermit the Frog himself!
Maddie and Caleb Are a COUPLE?!
Late into the American Idol grand finale, Caleb and Maddie dropped the bombshell that they're dating! Then they went on to devastate everyone with a beautiful, touching duet of an "Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" medley.
Maddie's Coronation Performance
Overwhelmed with emotion, American Idol winner Maddie Poppe may have struggled to find all of the words to her new single "Going Going Gone," but she got a little help from the rest of the American Idol Top 10 and the judges.
While the American Idol journey may be over for now, yours could be just beginning! Head over to the auditions page and take your first steps on your own American Idol journey!