Table of Contents
- Watch: Meet the 2018 American Idol winner
- When Is the American Idol Finale?
- ‘American Idol’ 2018 Finale – Performers List Revealed!
- American Idol Finale Performers
- American Idol
- Lionel Richie and the Top 10: “All Night Long”
- Nick Jonas and Jurnee, “Jealous”
- Luke Bryan and Gabby Barrett: “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset”
- Gary Clark Jr., Cade Foehner, and Dennis Lorenzo, “Bright Lights”
- Kermit the Frog and Maddie Poppe: “Rainbow Connection”
- Darius Rucker and Caleb Lee Hutchinson: “Wagon Wheel”
- Bebe Rexha and the Top 3: “Meant to Be”
- FIRST ELIMINATION: Gabby Barrett
- LeAnn Rimes, Layla Spring, and her little sister Dyxie Spring: “Blue”
- Katy Perry and Catie Turner: “Part of Me”
- Yolanda Adams and Michael J. Woodard: “What the World Needs Now Is Love”
- Caleb Lee Hutchinson reveals that Maddie Poppe is his girlfriend?!
- Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Maddie Poppe: “Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World”
- Ada Vox and Patti LaBelle, “Lady Marmalade”
- And the winner is … Maddie Poppe
- Maddie Poppe and Caleb Hutchinson are dating…
- …but some people thought the show must have been rigged.
- Katy Perry basically confirmed that she and Orlando Bloom are back together.
- Jimmy Kimmel opened a time capsule with something surprising inside.
- Ada Vox and Patti LaBelle performed “Lady Marmalade.”
- LeAnn Rimes surprised Layla Spring (and her adorable little sister Dyxie).
- Maddie Poppe sang “Rainbow Connection” with Kermit the Frog.
- An alpaca showed up.
- Maddie Poppe won.
- Maddie Poppe wins ‘American Idol’ crown, takes romance with fellow finalist public
Watch: Meet the 2018 American Idol winner
The months-long journey to become the next “American Idol” ended Monday night.
The two-hour music-filled finale highlighted the judges’ talents as we heard Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry sing.
Luke Bryan & Gabby Barrett Sing “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” & “Most People Are Good”
Lionel Richie and the Top 10 Perform “All Night Long”
Katy Perry & Catie Turner Perform “Part of Me”
There were special guests, clip reels of special moments from throughout the season as the show built to the big reveal.
Jimmy Kimmel Finds Sanjaya in an American Idol Time Capsule
Bebe Rexha and the Top 3 Sing “Meant to Be”
The final three became the top two when Gabby Barrett was eliminated, leaving Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Maddie Poppe to vie for the coveted title of the next “American Idol.”
Darius Rucker & Caleb Lee Hutchinson Sing “Wagon Wheel”
Kermit the Frog and Maddie Poppe Perform “Rainbow Connection”
Then Ryan Seacrest finally let the cat out of the bag… no, not who won “Idol.”
He said Caleb and Maddie are a couple! Then the two sang an adorable duet.
They were also awarded with a trip to Disney’s Aulani resort in Oahu.
But in the end only one of them won big.
Ryan then revealed this year’s “American Idol” is…Maddie Poppe!
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When Is the American Idol Finale?
American Idol’s first season on ABC is almost over. The next Idol will be country spitfire Gabby Barrett, deep-voiced down-home cutie Caleb Lee Hutchinson or quirky guitar popster Maddie Poppe. The finale will happen over two nights this Sunday and Monday.
The performance finals are on Sunday, where the three finalists will perform their original songs for the first time and make their final plea to be the people’s choice. It will also include hometown visits for the Top 3.
Monday is the results show when the new American Idol will be crowned. It’ll be the big, grand finale that you won’t want to miss. In addition to the finalists, Variety reports that other performers will include judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, along with Bebe Rexha, Nick Jonas and Mustard, Patti Labelle, Darius Rucker, Gary Clark Jr., Yolanda Adams and of course Kermit the Frog.
The rest of the Top 10 — Cade Foehner, Catie Turner, Michael Woodard, Dennis Lorenzo, Jurnee, Michelle Sussett and Ada Vox– will also get to come back to say goodbye.
The American Idol season finale will kick off Sunday, May 20 at 8/7c and the two-hour results show will air live Monday, May 21 from 9/8c on ABC. If you don’t have cable, you can stream via Hulu with Live TV.
‘American Idol’ 2018 Finale – Performers List Revealed!
The finale of American Idol is airing tonight on ABC, and one of the remaining three singers will be crowned the winner!
The three final contestants this season are Maddie Poppe, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, and Gabby Barrett. Each performed songs during part one of the finale on Sunday (May 20).
ABC has announced a star-studded list of performers set to join Maddie, Caleb, and Gabby at part two of the finale event, set to begin in just a few hours on ABC.
Click inside to see all the performers set to take the stage during the American Idol finale tonight….
American Idol Finale Performers
– Bebe Rexha + Top 3 Finalists – “Meant to Be” by Bebe Rexha
– Darius Rucker + Caleb Lee Hutchinson – “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker
– Gary Clark Jr. + Dennis Lorenzo + Cade Foehner – “Bright Lights” by Gary Clark Jr.
– Katy Perry + Catie Turner – “Part of Me” by Katy Perry
– Kermit the Frog + Maddie Poppe – “Rainbow Connection” from “The Muppet Movie”
– Layla and Dyxie Spring – “Blue” by LeAnn Rimes
– Lionel Richie + Top 10 Finalists – “All Night Long” by Lionel Richie
– Luke Bryan – “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” by Luke Bryan
– Luke Bryan + Gabby Barrett – “Most People Are Good” by Luke Bryan
– Nick Jonas + Mustard – “Anywhere” by Nick Jonas and Mustard
– Nick Jonas + Jurnee – “Jealous” by Nick Jonas
– Patti LaBelle + Ada Vox – “Lady Marmalade” by Patti LaBelle
– Yolanda Adams with a choir of voices + Michael J. Woodard – “What the World Needs Now”
– Top 2 Finalists – “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “What A Wonderful World”
– The winner of Season 1 of “American Idol” on ABC will sing his/her winner’s single
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Grand Finale Season 16 Episode 19 Editor’s Rating 5 stars ***** Photo: Eric McCandless/ABC
The Idol finale is always a trip and a lie. It convinces you with subtle, thorough trickery that every episode has been this captivating. “Here’s LeAnn Rimes! Patti LaBelle! All your favorite contestants arranged onstage in a Hands Across America stance performing with legends!” It’s an emotional, star-studded overload and a searing conclusion — every single season.
My theory is that the finales are what keep fans coming back to Idol. They’re too gigantic to ignore, even if you don’t care about Trent Harmon meeting Bo Bice or whatever other wild antics are promised. Once again, for the 16th time, we were subjected to an intense, melancholic, triumphant finale (with a too-cynical-by-half bit from Jimmy Kimmel thrown in, plus a longish gag about an alpaca) and now we’re all alone with a new winner with nothing to show for our season-long devotion. Actually, we do have one thing: Caleb Lee Hutchinson’s impression of Lionel Richie was scary in its precision and I will never forget it. Rich Little is quaking.
Usually I rank the performances in every episode. Today, for the final recap of the season, I’ll run through them in chronological order since it’s hard to measure the work of Darius Rucker against the craft of Kermit the Frog. Very different recording artists if you ask me. Grab your most rhinestoned blazer and listen in as we join Caleb, Gabby, and Maddie on their trek to the final reveal and, surely, a sizable Macy’s gift card.
Lionel Richie and the Top 10: “All Night Long”
Oh man. Guys, I know Lionel has spent this entire season yipping, “I’m a fan! Keep it up!” and shooting finger guns at every finalist in sight, but you can’t hate him. He’s working his same silhouette from 1981, he’s got incisors bigger than my thigh, and he’s having a smiley old time. He’s incapable of cutting criticism and tonight, I’ll allow that. We have no Top 40 songs like “All Night Long” anymore and I was mom-dancing on my ottoman to his performance like my stationery store just went out of business and I’m gonna make it anyway! Thanks for the senselessly optimistic good times, Lionel.
Nick Jonas and Jurnee, “Jealous”
Whoa, maybe “Jealous” should’ve been a duet this whole time? Jurnee approached the stage in yard-long boots, strutted around the five-foot-eight pile of biceps and TopMan outerwear known as Nick Jonas, and made this song so much lighter and sultrier than the radio cut. It sounded like that new Charlie Puth/Kehlani song “Done for Me,” which is — I’m surprised to report — hot as fire. Jurnee seemed liberated, like the weight of this carnivalesque death match was finally off her shoulders. This show was never a perfect fit for her, but this moment was. Satisfying.
Luke Bryan and Gabby Barrett: “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset”
I don’t remember much about Luke’s solo performance. He was a tower of denim, like a Pier 1 couch from 1998 standing on end. Then Gabby dropped in and together they made purdy noise about believin’ people are good. It was sweet but nothing, another reminder that country artists on Idol or anywhere else don’t have to innovate to be considered viable. I guess it was nice to see Luke sleepwalk for a couple of minutes instead of sleep talking through another confused, vague critique? It must be said that Gabby drew our attention away from Luke during every line of that performance, and it felt special watching her make a moment out of such a low-key number.
Gary Clark Jr., Cade Foehner, and Dennis Lorenzo, “Bright Lights”
Or: Sinister Purr feat. Growl and Another Growl. Cade Foehner’s “rock” “look” still makes me laugh. He’s up there thrashing and yowling but his hair and blazer are pure Laura Branigan. Meanwhile, it remains painful how gifted Dennis Lorenzo is. He sank in the competition for no good reason, even after weeks of exhaustingly soulful, clever performances. God willing, he and Jurnee will start an Ashford & Simpson–type duo, swaying to and fro and cooing “Solid!” like they mean it.
Kermit the Frog and Maddie Poppe: “Rainbow Connection”
Here’s my problem with “Rainbow Connection”: There aren’t that many songs about rainbows? I reject the premise of the song from the get-go! I’ll reiterate that “It Goes Like It Goes” from Norma Rae is a better, more insightful tune about the simple struggles in life and it deserved the 1980 Academy Award for Best Original Song. That aside, this was cute! Maddie’s gift is delivering soft-spoken sadness without being cloying or overwrought. She’s not twee. She’s alt-twee. Like she owns a ukulele but prefers the autoharp. Staying sincere without sappiness is a major accomplishment when ABC is staging you in a medium shot with Kermit the Actual Frog. She nailed it. Only problem: That … didn’t sound like Kermit the Frog. That sounded like Kevin the Frog. It was uncomfortable enough that I’m not going to slay you with my favorite Muppet Show performance, Lesley Ann Warren performing “Just the Way You Are” with Rowlf. All better!
Darius Rucker and Caleb Lee Hutchinson: “Wagon Wheel”
Lovely, really. Maybe even great. One problem: When you hear someone like Darius Rucker sing, you get so much lived-in emotion, adult sensibility, and maturity. It threw into sharp relief how much Caleb’s voice is, more than anything, an affect. He’ll grow into it and earn the bourbon-soaked sadness he deserves, but for now it feels more like bourbon-scented body wash he bought at Target to impress a girl.
Bebe Rexha and the Top 3: “Meant to Be”
Bebe Rexha is one of five women in 2018 pop who look like Mila Kunis, and I’m still sorting out where she lands in my ranking of that subgenre. Below Rita Ora? Above Jessie J? Who knows. Really, we got three minutes of these crooners chirping, “If it’s meant to be, it’ll be!” and seeming content about it. A nice amuse-bouche before the first elimination of the night.
FIRST ELIMINATION: Gabby Barrett
Uh, whoa. Here’s a fact: Before this episode, Gabby had twice as many Twitter followers as both Maddie and Caleb. Seemed like she was the one sure bet in the final two, but it looks like she was outmaneuvered by a sly towhead and a Friend of Kermit. Kind of brutal! Gabby’s catalog on the show was impressive and even inspired at times — who can forget that simmering cover of Prince’s “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore”? — but her arc on the show peaked a couple of weeks early, which reminds me of Adam Lambert’s fate in season eight. You’ve got to prepare for that deadly Kris Allen “Heartless” cover in the eleventh hour, Gabby!
LeAnn Rimes, Layla Spring, and her little sister Dyxie Spring: “Blue”
Remember Layla Spring? She is most known for having a name you exclaim. Layla Spring! See, now you remember. She also had a little sister named Dyxie who boasted a creepy camera awareness that still haunts me. Idol invited these two cupcakes back to have some adorable Funfetti fun with “Blue.” It was nice. But then LeAnn Rimes emerged as a surprise addition and here’s the thing about LeAnn Rimes: She is a heart-stopping vocalist. It’s no joke when LeAnn is on the stage. I needed Layla and Dyxie to jump in their Cozy Coupe and pedal back to Three Big Spoons, Arkansas, or wherever they’re from once LeAnn started in on “Blue.” What a beautiful voice. Just a beautiful voice. “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” is my LeAnn track of choice, but her balladry is timeless. Could’ve listened to that all night. Using the power of the Con-Air soundtrack, I just might!
Katy Perry and Catie Turner: “Part of Me”
I’ll give these two dames credit for turning “Part of Me” into a salable duet. Their bonkers humor is comparable, but they kept the shticky vaudeville to a minimum as they tore into Katy’s hit, which is best remembered for rhyming “me” with “me.” I much prefer the danceable cut in all its pluckiness, but this was a cool look for Catie Turner, who might’ve performed Gangnam Style moves to “Swish Swish” if we let her out there alone.
Yolanda Adams and Michael J. Woodard: “What the World Needs Now Is Love”
Remember when American Idol would have Burt Bacharach–themed weeks? The Idol producers had a juggernaut on their hands and what did they do with that power? They forced teens to sing “Message to Michael.” I love it, but it’s shocking. This performance was a bit slight, but both performers had fun bouncing off this simple melody with soul. Yolanda even gave you cute gestures (“Mountains and hillsides! Enough to climb!”), much like Jackie DeShannon during her ‘60s performances of this gem. Trivia: Did you know Jackie DeShannon co-wrote “Bette Davis Eyes”? Stand a little taller today with that fine nugget in your pocket.
Caleb Lee Hutchinson reveals that Maddie Poppe is his girlfriend?!
WHAAAAAT. I fell out of my chair and screamed, “MADDIE LEE POPPINSON” at no one in particular. Caleb announced their courtship so unassumingly, he acted like we were stupid for not figuring it out. And you know what, Caleb? We aren’t stupid. We’re HAPPY for you and only slightly wondering if it’s a stunt. But congrats!
Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Maddie Poppe: “Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World”
This mash-up didn’t work, even though both contestants’ vocals were lilting and sincere. If anything, it seemed like a play to trick children into believing “Rainbow Connection” was right when it claimed there are “so many songs about rainbows.” No, Kermit, there’s only this song. This is propaganda and you know it.
Ada Vox and Patti LaBelle, “Lady Marmalade”
Mocha-choca-YOUR HOMOSEXUAL KIDS HAVE GAGGED TO DEATH. Ada Vox emerged from behind a curtain dressed, of course, like a volcano of Halloween-store paraphernalia. Tinsel and eye shadow tumbled off her in a pyroclastic flow. She started scat-singing those nonsense “Marmalade” syllables we so love (with some French thrown in), and then Patti LaBelle shimmied downstage, pointed at Jupiter, and sent us there with vocals that NASA must regulate on a daily basis. The chorus got away from both of them, which makes sense considering this performance was not grounded in reality. Then, in a frightful conclusion, Patti threw up her arms, ululated at the devil, and out–Ada Voxed Ada Vox right in front of America. Patti did not come to play. She came to twist space and time like a party balloon and wear it as a hat. God. I still give the edge to Ada’s duet of “Defying Gravity” with Lea Michele as the season high point, but Patti inhaling several audience members and nearby tables while singing about French prostitution is in a comfortable second place.
And the winner is … Maddie Poppe
Justice! Jubilation! Relief! A little bit of an anticlimax! Why? Because Maddie herself said, “I don’t care who wins” when it was announced that she and Caleb were in the top two. Wig, I felt that. Maddie knows that winning a reality show isn’t the key to vaulting forward in the music industry, not in 2018. If you watched Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, you’re aware we have a reigning American Idol named Kelly Clarkson. Maddie knows she isn’t destined for an overthrow any time soon. But with her commitment to delicate balladry and the occasional oddball song choice (“Bare Necessities”? “Brand New Key”?), Maddie’s arc on Idol has been an artistic success. Not once did she pick a song just to appease the laziest voters. Not once did she seem uncomfortable engaging an audience. Not once did she seem, well, desperate. This is an unusual win for Idol that may change the direction of the show going forward, an ideal scenario considering the average TV viewer can’t figure out why this is back on the air.
The fact is, I love American Idol’s commitment to competitive schmaltz. It’s not self-important like The Voice and it’s not ancient in presentation like Dancing With the Stars. It’s a confused little former phenomenon trying to peddle talent in a universe where you’re introduced to a new voice in every retweeted, re-Tumblr’d Facebook post. We’ve got new voices around us all the time, so why do we need this midnight-blue technodrome to spew 16-year-old rodeo callers at us? My answer is this: I don’t know. But I’m going to keep watching in the hopes that one contestant will find the novel spin on this Y2K-era Gong Show reboot and its insane legacy. Maybe it’s Maddie! All I know is we’ve come too far not to get another Moment Like This.
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SPOILER ALERT: The following post contains the results from Monday night’s season finale of “American Idol” on ABC.
OK, so maybe ABC did know what it was doing.
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. We didn’t even really have a chance to miss it!
But ABC”s streamlined and modified version of the show, much to our surprise, performed well in the ratings, introduced us to a charismatic (and funny) new judge in Katy Perrry, and produced three pretty legitimate finalists.
Still, we wonder: Can the show get back to producing a true superstar after so many years of lackluster results?
We’ll see. But first, let’s find out who America’s voters crowned. So dim the lights, here we go: The winner of “American Idol” Season 16 is …
The indie-style singer beat out country crooner — and her boyfriend — Caleb Hutchinson.
Poppe, a 20-year-old student from Clarksville, Iowa, is the first female to win “Idol” since Candice Glover in 2013, and only the third since Jordin Sparks topped the field in 2007.
Poppe burst into tears when host Ryan Seacrest announced her name. She finished off the finale by performing her “coronation” song “Going Going Gone.”
Gabby Barrett finished third.
Poppe may have sealed her victory with a strong performance Sunday night, when the finalists were required to deliver three songs — a hometown dedication, an encore of their favorite song of the season, and their winner’s single. Poppe brought down the house with her rendition of Stevie Nicks’ “Landslide,” and by the end of Sunday’s show, judge Perry proclaimed, “I’m voting for you.”
Judge Luke Bryan added that, Poppe is “authentic as heck.”
Poppe established herself as a contender from the moment she auditioned with a heartfelt rendition of “Rainbow Connection.” Among her other memorable performances was her take on Simon and Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound” and the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows.”
One of the night’s biggest surprises came when Caleb announced that he and Maddie have been dating. The couple had been keeping their relationship a secret through the season.
Though this season of American Idol wasn’t always well-received by viewers, the two-night finale definitely delivered some heartwarming, cute, touching moments — as well as some surprising performances and crazy announcements.
Here are some of the biggest and most surprising moments from the Season 16 finale of American Idol.
Maddie Poppe and Caleb Hutchinson are dating…
The top two contestants announced that they were officially a couple on last night’s episode, to the delight of … well, everyone. Katy Perry literally started spinning around in her chair out of excitement.
After they oh-so-casually mentioned their news, they performed a super sweet mashup of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World.” Following their performance, host Ryan Seacrest asked if they had ever been to Hawaii. They said no.
“Never? Well, that’s about to change,” Seacrest announced. “Because we’re sending you, our official top two, on a vacation to Hawaii. The Aulani resort, a one-of-a-kind Disney experience in Hawaii. Congratulations!”
…but some people thought the show must have been rigged.
Some people started to wonder if the show had been set up so that Caleb and Maddie would advance to the final round, in order to create a sweet TV moment given their relationship news.
I swear the only reason why Maddie won American idol is because she started dating Caleb this show is rigged never watching it again #Americanidol #sucks👎🏼
— DJ Myers (@8manilalions3) May 22, 2018
#AmericanIdol feels so set up honestly. Of course they are the top 2 … they’re dating
— Lauren Elizabeth (@Lauren_Duclos) May 22, 2018
This damn American Idol bs is rigged!! Has to be!! Of course Gabby gets voted off because Maddie and Caleb are together lol I have nothing else to say but LOLOLOL 😹 GABBY UR THE REAL WINNER
— Emily McCain (@emilyylaurel) May 22, 2018
Katy Perry basically confirmed that she and Orlando Bloom are back together.
Becca Kufrin, who will star on the upcoming season of The Bachelorette, stopped in for a visit to American Idol, and it’s safe to say Katy Perry was excited to see her.
She got down on one knee and asked, “Can I be in the running?” But she followed it up by saying, “I’m not single but I still like you!”
Though she didn’t name names, it’s pretty easy to assume she’s talking about on-again boyfriend Orlando Bloom. According to PEOPLE, the pair has been spotted together on many occasions recently, including on a romantic trip to Rome.
Jimmy Kimmel opened a time capsule with something surprising inside.
Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel also stopped by the set for a little trip down memory lane. With him, he brought a “time capsule” that had some remnants from past seasons of American Idol.
He poked fun at Simon Cowell’s black shirts, Ryan Seacrest’s frosted tips from season 1, and Steven Tyler’s, um, eccentric outfits.
But it was the last item that got fans really excited: Sanjaya Malakar from season 6 of American Idol.
Ada Vox and Patti LaBelle performed “Lady Marmalade.”
Has there ever been a more fabulous duo than former contestant Ada Vox and the legendary Patti LaBelle? We think not. And it seems like a lot of fans agreed:
OMG!!! Closing out the show with @AdaVox and Patti LaBelle!!! Wooohooooo!! #AmericanIdol
— Suzanne Hedderly (@TweetyPAK) May 22, 2018
Best performance of the night goes to @AdaVox & Patti Labelle! Ada should have made it al the way! #AmericanIdol
— Jill (@gbfans66) May 22, 2018
HELL YEAH @AdaVox “Lady Marmalade” IS DEFINITELY A YOU SONG, AND YOU SLAYED IT #Queen #AmericanIdol @MsPattiPatti
— Breyana Allyse (@breyana_allyse) May 22, 2018
LeAnn Rimes surprised Layla Spring (and her adorable little sister Dyxie).
The former contestant and her little sister were singing Rimes’ hit “Blue” when the singer herself walked out to join them, and we seriously can’t handle how adorable the moment was. Layla could barely contain her excitement, while Dyxie’s eyes got huge when the singer kneeled next to her.
Maddie Poppe sang “Rainbow Connection” with Kermit the Frog.
In the first part of the finale episode, Maddie Poppe performed with an unexpected duet partner: Kermit the Frog.
And fans loved it!
This girl is on American Idol, singing a duet with Kermit the Frog. This sums up my childhood dreams so perfectly. https://t.co/QXR9Hpz1jb
— Leah Kate S. (@LeahKittyS) May 22, 2018
Maddie’s performance w Kermit was literally the most precious thing ever I’m so soft atm huhu life is so good #AmericanIdol #IdolFinale
— Abbey ✵ (@HachiTATSU) May 22, 2018
Best performance of the night!! Kermit the frog and @MaddiePoppe was what we’ve been waiting for all season ❤️❤️❤️ #IdolFinale #AmericanIdol
— Teresa (@TeresaForReal) May 22, 2018
An alpaca showed up.
Earlier in the season, contestant Noah Davis had said that if he won American Idol, he would buy an alpaca with his winnings. Although he didn’t make it through the season, Lionel Richie and Ryan Seacrest teamed up to fulfill his wish.
They named the alpaca “Yanny or Laurel” as a reference to the viral meme.
So, I guess if you want an alpaca, all you have to do is mention it to Lionel Richie?
Maddie Poppe won.
Which means her boyfriend (!) Caleb was declared the runner-up. She gave an emotional performance of her coronation song, “Going, Going, Gone,” joined by several of the other contestants, as is Idol tradition.
It’s been a crazy season. While you wait for Season 17 (which ABC has confirmed will be happening), you can catch up on everything else you missed at abc.go.com.
Photo Credit: ABC – Eric Liebowitz ABC’s “American Idol” judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan with host Ryan Seacrest.
The 2018 finale for American Idol has arrived, with the top 3 vying for the win. The TV schedule for the show has changed for the remaining episodes and we have all the details on what times the finale episodes air, how to watch the finale online and more info below.
“AMERICAN IDOL” TIME & CHANNEL: The show airs on the ABC network and generally broadcasts at 8 p.m. ET/PT and 7 p.m. CT on Sunday nights. According to ABC, “For the first time in the history of American television, a reality-competition series will allow viewers to watch and vote from coast to coast simultaneously, as American Idol is simulcast in all time zones across the country over a three-week span, starting Sunday, April 29 (8:00–10:01 p.m. EDT/5:00-7:01 p.m. PDT), on The ABC Television Network.” So, the show airs across the nation at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT live.
“AMERICAN IDOL” FINALE SCHEDULE: American Idol has been airing on Sunday and Monday nights, it changed to solely Sunday nights when Dancing With the Stars: Athletes premiered on April 30, 2018. DWTS is a shortened season and it’s finale will air on the same night as the American Idol finale, on May 21, 2018. So, this means that, for the finale, Idol will air on a Monday, in addition to the other Sunday night episodes.
“AMERICAN IDOL” FINALE PERFORMANCES: For the Performance Finals, each of the three remaining contestants will perform for America’s votes. Then, on the Grand Finale episode, there will be performances by Idol contestants, who were cast-offs this season. In addition, there are celebrity performers lined up, including Darius Rucker, Bebe Rexha, Gary Clark. Jr., Kermit the Frog, Nick Jonas + Mustard, Patti Labelle and Yolanda Adams.
HOW TO WATCH “AMERICAN IDOL” ONLINE: For those who would like to watch American Idol this season, but you do not have cable or cannot get to a television, you can watch the ABC network live via your computer, phone or streaming device by just signing up for one of the cable-free, live-TV streaming services below:
Hulu With Live TV: In addition to their extensive Netflix-like streaming library, Hulu now also offers the ability to watch a handful of live TV channels, including ABC (live in select markets). You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of ABC on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
DirecTV Now: ABC (live in select markets) is included in all four channel packages for DirecTV Now. You can just sign up for a free 7-day trial, and then you can watch the ABC network live on your computer through the DirecTV Now website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the DirecTV Now app.
Sling TV: The ABC network (live in select markets) is included in the “Sling Orange” plus “Broadcast Extra” channel package. It comes with a free 7-day trial, and you can watch on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
“AMERICAN IDOL” VOTING: Viewers are able to vote in real time, across all time zones and the results will be revealed on the May 21, 2018 finale episode. For instructions and info on the voting methods for the show, you can find each of them here.
The highly anticipated “American Idol” 2018 finale is just days away. ABC has scheduled the two-night Season 16 face-off between Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Maddie Poppe and Gabby Barrett for Sunday, May 20 and Monday, May 21. After the trio performs on Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, America will vote for who they want to join the likes of Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson on the winners list. The results will be announced live on Monday night at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT from CBS Television City in Hollywood.
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Season 16 marked the first installment to air on ABC after Fox cancelled the reality TV phenomenon two years ago. New judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie joined the panel in the search for the next singing superstar. Longtime host Ryan Seacrest was this season’s only familiar face as “American Idol” made the move to the Disney network. The show was originally created by Simon Fuller.
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Maddie Poppe wins ‘American Idol’ crown, takes romance with fellow finalist public
Ladies and gentlemen, meet the next American Idol.
On Monday night, Maddie Poppe was crowned this season’s winner of the reality singing competition, which ABC revived in March with star judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.
Hailing from Clarksville, Iowa, the 20-year-old singer-songwriter has been a fan favorite since the start of the season, wowing with folk-pop renditions of classic songs by The Beach Boys, Sinead O’Connor and The Bangles. She bested top 3 finalists Caleb Lee Hutchinson, a deep-voiced country crooner, and Gabby Barrett, who came in third.
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Poppe broke down in tears when host Ryan Seacrest called her name, and struggled to get through coronation song Going Going Gone, her first single on Hollywood Records. Fortunately, she got some help from this season’s top 10 contestants, who ran on stage to hug her and chime in on the chorus.
Shortly before the final results were announced, Hutchinson revealed that Poppe is his girlfriend, sending the audience screaming and swooning as the duo launched into a sweet, stripped-down take on Over the Rainbow.
Richie opened the two-hour finale with a glittering performance of his 1983 hit All Night Long, accompanied by the top 10. Bryan took the stage later to sing his latest single Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset with Barrett, while Perry teamed up with spunky finalist Catie Turner for a heartfelt duet of the pop star’s Part of Me.
This season’s mentors Nick Jonas and Bebe Rexha each returned for performances with recent Idol hopefuls, as did special guests Gary Clark Jr., LeAnn Rimes, Patti LaBelle and Yolanda Adams (joining should-be winner Michael J. Woodard for What the World Needs Now, the night’s roof-raising highlight).
You can catch the top 7 — Poppe, Hutchinson, Barrett, Turner, Woodard, Jurnee and Cade Foehner — on tour across the USA this summer with American Idol Live!, which kicks off July 11 in Redding, Calif.
American Idol has been renewed for a second season on ABC. The series aired on Fox from 2002-16.
Maddie Poppe of Clarskville, Iowa, holds hands with fellow finalist Caleb Lee Hutchinson Monday, May 21, 2018, after the pair revealed they were dating during the “American Idol” finale in Los Angeles. Eric McCandless, ABC Maddie Poppe (right) of Clarskville, Iowa, performs with fellow finalist Caleb Lee Hutchinson Monday, May 21, 2018, after the pair revealed they were dating during the “American Idol” finale in Los Angeles. Eric McCandless, ABC Maddie Poppe of Clarskville, Iowa, sings and holds hands with fellow finalist Caleb Lee Hutchinson Monday, May 21, 2018, after the pair revealed they were dating during the “American Idol” finale in Los Angeles. Mitch Haaseth, ABC Maddie Poppe (center) of Clarskville, Iowa, looks on as fellow finalist Caleb Lee Hutchinson (left) reveals the two are dating Monday, May 21, 2018, during the “American Idol” finale in Los Angeles. Eric McCandless, ABC Maddie Poppe (center) of Clarskville, Iowa, smiles as fellow finalist Caleb Lee Hutchinson (left) reveals the two are dating Monday, May 21, 2018, during the “American Idol” finale in Los Angeles. Eric McCandless, ABC Maddie Poppe (center) of Clarskville, Iowa, hugs fellow finalist Caleb Lee Hutchinson (left) after he revealed the two are dating Monday, May 21, 2018, during the “American Idol” finale in Los Angeles. Eric McCandless, ABC Maddie Poppe (center) of Clarskville, Iowa, stands with fellow finalist Caleb Lee Hutchinson (left) after he revealed the two are dating Monday, May 21, 2018, during the “American Idol” finale in Los Angeles. Eric McCandless, ABC “American Idol” winner Maddie Poppe of Clarksville, Iowa, with finalist Caleb Lee Hutchinson and host Ryan Seacrest Monday, May 21, 2018, during the live finale in Los Angeles. Eric McCandless, ABC Maddie Poppe of Clarskville, Iowa, looks over at Caleb Lee Hutchinson Monday, May 21, 2018, before Ryan Seacrest announces Poppe as the winner during the “American Idol” finale in Los Angeles. Hutchinson announced the two were dating live during the show. Mitch Haaseth, ABC Maddie Poppe of Clarskville, Iowa, gets a kiss from Caleb Lee Hutchinson Monday, May 21, 2018, after Ryan Seacrest announces Poppe as the winner during the “American Idol” finale in Los Angeles. Hutchinson announced the two were dating live during the show. Mitch Haaseth, ABC Maddie Poppe of Clarskville, Iowa, gets a kiss from Caleb Lee Hutchinson Monday, May 21, 2018, after Ryan Seacrest announces Poppe as the winner during the “American Idol” finale in Los Angeles. Hutchinson announced the two were dating live during the show. Eric McCandless, ABC Maddie Poppe of Clarskville, Iowa, hugs fellow finalist Caleb Lee Hutchinson Monday, May 21, 2018, after Ryan Seacrest announces Poppe as the winner during the “American Idol” finale in Los Angeles. Hutchinson announced the two were dating live during the show. Mitch Haaseth, ABC
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