'American Idol' finale ends with a twist

'American Idol' finale ends with a twist

It was one of those things where I didn't want it to affect anything, and I didn't want to exploit my feelings for her 'cause they're very, very real.

Many were congratulatory of the talented musician, celebrating her big win.

Iowa's 20-year-old singing sensation Maddie Poppe has emerged as the victor of the 16th season of American Idol. Among Poppe's winning performances was her rendition of Simon & Garfunkel's "Homeward Bound" and "God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys. "I'm so disappointed in America's vote", another noted.

Poppe said she would have been equally happy if Caleb had won. "She is not another cookie cutter diva". Season 8 champ Kris Allen and the winners of ABC's "Boy Band" competition will also tag along. Dunwoody native Ryan Seacrest has hosted the show throughout its history.

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

Before Hutchison and Poppe performed "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" together as the top two, Ryan Seacrest asked Hutchinson if there was a special significance to the number when he sings to Poppe.

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Judge Lionel Richie killed the opening with his iconic "All Night Long" and later on, Judge Katy Perry took the stage to perform with cast-off contestant Catie Turner, singing Perry's song "Part of Me".

"American Idol" jumped from the prior night's penultimate episode on Sunday by 16 percent in total viewers (8.7 million vs. 7.5 million) and by 23 percent in adults 18-49 (1.6/6 vs. 1.3/5), pulling in its largest Monday audience.

During the finale, Luke Bryan performed his hit song "Most People Are Good" with Gabby.

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.

Poppe competed in this season's Top 3 alongside first runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson and second runner-up Gabby Barrett. In entering Monday's grand finale, the finalists and previously eliminated contestants took to the stage to perform songs alongside all-stars, such as Nick Jonas and Patti LaBelle.

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