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After Monday night’s finale, we have a new “American Idol” champion: Maddie Poppe. There’s a lot to know about the 20-year-old from Clarksville, Iowa — like the fact she’s dating the show’s runner-up, Caleb Lee Hutchinson!

Poppe appeared on “Good Morning America” Tuesday and revealed some things about herself, like how this amazing relationship started!

Here are five things to know about the young singing sensation:

1 – She’s dating the runner-up

Caleb dropped that bombshell last night toward the end of the show.

“Maddie’s like my best pal,” he told the judges. “She actually happens to be my girlfriend.”

The crowd freaked out at the news.

Poppe said she would have been equally happy if Caleb had won.

“I wanted him to win, but I really wanted to win too,” she said.

Caleb said the duo met in January and they were basically inseparable after that.

“I saw her and instantly knew I was into her,” he said.

Any duets?

“If she’ll have me, she’s the superstar now,” he said on “GMA.”

2 – She’s already released music!

In 2016, Poppe “released her very first album of original material called ‘Songs From The Basement’ which she wrote, recorded and produced,” according to her official website.

The site adds that she’s more than just an amazing voice. She plays several instruments, including “guitar, ukulele and keyboard.”

3 – She’s already got some famous fans

If you take a look through Twitter, you’ll see A-list singers like Katy Perry (also an “Idol” judge) and Carrie Underwood not only congratulating Poppe, but gushing about her talent.

Even a former contestant and rival tweeted that she is “singlehandedly the most deserving person for this title and I am so happy. She earned every stitch of it!!!!”

4 – Her family and friends mean everything to her

Poppe said she’s been away from her family since the show started, which has made her “sad,” but that the fellow contestants have become like a new family for her.

“I made friends on the show, who are some of my best friends,” she said Tuesday. “And I know we’ll be lifelong friends.”

Poppe’s family also shared a special message with their little superstar on “GMA” — “Thank you America, for being so good to our little girl!”

5 – Singing is in her blood!

Poppe’s father is a performer, as well.

When asked if she’ll take him out on the road with her, she replied, “Of course!”

“He’s like my best friend and he wanted this just as much as I have,” she added.

Remember that 2016 album she recorded? Well, Poppe and her father recorded it together!

  • American Idol crowned Maddie Poppe the winner in 2018.
  • The singer returned during the season 17 auditions, but no one recognized her.

Maddie Poppe delighted the American Idol audience during season 16 of the reality show. Her flawless performances and adorable personality (not to mention her relationship with runner-up, Caleb Lee Hutchinson) stole the judges’ hearts, eventually earning her the title of champion. Now, the 21-year-old is making waves on the series again.

Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan are only a few weeks into season 17’s auditions. So far we’ve seen talent that makes us laugh, ugly cry, and scream, “That’s the next Kelly Clarkson!” But nothing compares to how we felt when Lady Mapo took the stage.

The mysterious contender donned a black dress, combat boots, dark makeup, and multiple lip rings. She expressed that she, “Wanted to bring an energy that the judges haven’t seen before,” and even went so far as to tell Katy that last year was “really boring” and “too American.”

The judges looked thoroughly confused, as did we all. But as soon as the piano started playing, the woman took off her wig and revealed that it was none other than Maddie! Katy, Luke, and Lionel were stunned at the big reveal, and the viewers at home couldn’t get enough of her prank.

Someone who can sing and prank. #AmericanIdol found a winner who can do both @MaddiePoppe

— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) March 19, 2019

There is a 99.9% chance that I’m gonna regret posting this but @MaddiePoppe had me shook 😂 #AmericanIdol

— jaclyn (@lilmissjac_) March 19, 2019

Petition for @MaddiePoppe to get an Oscar for her acting on @AmericanIdol tonight! #AmericanIdol

— Cassie Pugh (@CassiePugh17) March 19, 2019


— Sarah Meagan♡ (@sarahmeagan97) March 19, 2019

Of course, the real Maddie has a very different vibe when it comes to her work. The folksy artist recently released a new song, “Little Things” and recorded a video for the upbeat breakup jam, “Keep On Movin’ On.” Both are a far cry from the moody aesthetic of Lady Mapo—though we kind of think she’s pulling it off? Weigh in:

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Maddie Poppe performs her coronation song, “Going Going Gone” on “American Idol” May 20, 2018. — video still

Update: On Monday night, Maddie Poppe was announced as the winner of American Idol season 16, the first Iowan to win the competition. She scores a recording contract with Hollywood Records and a cash prize of $250,000. Her performances from the final episode have been added to the article.

If you haven’t heard, a small-town Iowan has made the top three on the resurrected American Idol, and stands a good chance to take home the win tonight (watch on ABC at 8 p.m. Voting is already closed).

Maddie Poppe (pronounced “poppy”) of Clarksville is a 20-year-old currently enrolled at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo. She has been compared to Joni Mitchell, with a soothing and hypnotic folk-pop voice and a chill, humble stage presence.

Poppe has been singing publicly since junior high, performing (with various degrees of success) for RAGBRAI, the Butler County Fair and the Iowa State Fair. In 2015, Poppe made it in front the judges on The Voice. She wasn’t selected for that singing show — and her audition wasn’t televised, although the submitted video that earned her the audition is on YouTube — but her voice has come a long way since.

Poppe’s Idol soundtrack is an easy-listening delight, and attests to her success on the national platform. Catch up on all her near-flawless performances.

“Rainbow Connection”

Poppe channelled Kermit the Frog (a la 1979’s The Muppet Movie) for her American Idol audition. She performed the song again for her hometown visit at the Butler County Fair for a crowd of undyingly supportive northeastern Iowans — and Governor Kim Reynolds, who declared May 20 “Maddie Poppe Day.”

Update: Poppe sang “Rainbow Connection” yet again on the Idol finale with Kermit himself.

“Dreams” by Brandi Carlile

Poppe cemented her position in the competition with a dare-I-say perfect performance of this Americana hit for Hollywood Week.

“Don’t Ever Let Your Children Grow Up” by Maddie Poppe

The singer-songwriter played this original song twice: for her Hollywood Week solo performance — which earned her a place in the top 24 — and on the finale last week, in the top three.

“Brand New Key” by Melanie

This whimsical tune was a welcome suprise of a song choice, showcasing Poppe’s vocal range and control, and causing Luke Bryan to want to “go skipping down a beach.” RAGBRAI participants in the past few years may have had deja vu during the performance.

“Bubbly” by (and with) Colbie Cailatt

This delicious duet showed off Poppe’s aptitude for harmony. Listening to just the audio, you’re hard-pressed to discern the amateur from the platinum-selling artist.

“Homeward Bound” by Simon and Garfunkel

It’s hard to decide what’s better: Poppe’s toe-tapping pop songs or her pitch-perfect ballads. I’m inclined to choose the latter after this lovely cover. The Top 14 performance earned her a comparison to Joni Mitchell from Katy Perry, who also praised Poppe’s taste in music.

“Walk Like An Egyptian” by The Bangles

Another quirky and inspired song choice was used for Poppe’s top 10 performance. Poppe isn’t a big belter, but the ’80s hit allowed for a few rock-and-roll vocal moments.

“The Bare Necessities”

Lionel Richie said Poppe was “coming of age right in front of our very eyes” with her velvety folk cover of the Jungle Book song for Disney Week. Just make sure to stop the video before Katy Perry’s cringe-inducing Snow White impression.

“If It Makes You Happy” by Sheryl Crow

Probably her most raucious number to date, Poppe continued to demonstrate her country-pop sensibilities in the top seven. Just as important — at least according to Idol philosophy — was the killer outfit and hair styling. Where can I get those pants?

“Nothing Compares 2 U”

Another top-seven performance, Poppe added a little folk twist to the Prince-penned ode to a lost lover, made famous by Sinéad O’Connor.

“I Told You So” by Carrie Underwood

Having reached the top five, Poppe stretched her country legs with this song from one of Idol’s most successful winners. Richie thought Poppe overthought the performance a bit, but at least it can be said she put her own little twist on the song — her fellow finalist, Gabby Barrett, was critiqued by some fans for merely impersonating Underwood in her own cover.

“Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac

Poppe performed this oft-covered Fleetwood Mac ballad for part one of the finale Sunday. It’s a song to which she’s no stranger.

“Going Going Gone”

This catchy country-pop tune was debuted in Sunday’s episode, and is Poppe’s “coronation song” — it will be released as her first single, should she win American Idol.

A studio recording of the track is available to stream and .

Update: Poppe performed another tearful version of “Going Going Gone” following the announcement of her Idol win on Monday night, joined by some of her former competitors (and a microphone-grabby Katy Perry).

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” / “What a Wonderful World”

The night of her big win, Poppe added a mash-up to her Idol repertoire, dueted with fellow finalist (and boyfriend) Caleb Lee Hutchison.

To hear more Maddie Poppe, check out her 2016 album, Songs from the Basement.


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The two-part finale of “American Idol” concluded on Monday with the top three finalists learning that Maddie Poppe is the winner.

Caleb Lee Hutchinson finished second, with Gabby Barrett third.

Poppe receives a recording contract with Hollywood Records, as well as an opportunity to perform at the legendary Hollywood Bowl and the Radio Disney Awards.

The evening also included performances from judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, as well as the top 10 finalists returning for performances with music superstars.

Here are Tuesday’s highlights:

The show opened with the top 10 finalists joining Richie for a version of his signature hit, “All Night Long”

Nick Jonas and Mustard teamed up for their new single, “Anywhere.” Afterward, top-10 finalist Jurnee joined Nick for his hit, “Jealous.”

After Bryan debuted his new single, “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset,” he introduced Barrett, who joined him for a duet on “Most People Are Good,” the second single from Bryan’s latest album, “What Makes You Country.”

Next, top-10 finalist Cade Foehner jammed with Gary Clark Jr. and eliminated Idol contestant Dennis Lorenzo on Clark’s “Bright Lights.”

Then, in one of the night’s most unusual pairings, Poppe delivered an encore performance of the song she auditioned with — “Rainbow Connection,” from “The Muppet Movie.” This time, she was joined by Kermit the Frog.

Hutchinson got to sing alongside one of his idols, Darius Rucker, on Rucker’s hit, “Wagon Wheel.”

“Live!” host Jimmy Kimmel popped in to reveal the contents of an “American Idol” time capsule “buried in host Ryan Seacrest’s zucchini garden,” which contained alleged items from the show’s past, including a tiny V-neck tee shirt worn by Simon Cowell; Seacrest’s frosted hair tips from season 1; a collection of Steven Tyler’s scarves; the tips from Adam Lambert’s fingerless gloves; Sanjaya’s hair; and, finally, Sanjaya himself.

Kimmel joked that Clay Aiken also was supposed to be in the capsule, but Sanjaya admitted to getting so hungry that he “ate him.”

Next, Barrett, Lee and Poppe joined Bebe Rexha for her hit, “Meant to Be.”

Top-24 contestant Layla Spring, 16, and her 7-year-old sister Dyxie –- who charmed the judges during the auditions — returned to sing “Blue,” by LeAnn Rimes, who made a surprise appearance to sing with the girls.

Katy Perry made good on a promise she made to top-10 finalist Catie Turner earlier in the competition to personally sing with her, joining forces on Perry’s 2012 hit, “Part of Me.”

Yolanda Adams and Michael J. Woodard, backed by a choir, performed Jackie DeShannon’s “What the World Needs Now.”

Caleb and Maddie –- who revealed they’re currently dating –- dueted on a mashup of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World.” Then, Seacrest presented the couple with a trip to Hawaii.

Finally, top-10 finalists Ada Vox and Michelle Sussett joined Patti LaBelle for her classic, “Lady Marmalade.”

Maddie Poppe on new album, ‘American Idol’ finale drama: ‘The situation speaks for itself’


“Whirlwind” doesn’t even begin to describe Maddie Poppe’s past 12 months.

After dazzling the judges with her smoky, raspy vocals and left-field song choices, the Clarksville, Iowa, native was crowned the winner of “American Idol” last May. She narrowly bested her boyfriend, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, who placed second on ABC’s singing competition. Since then, she’s toured the country with her fellow Top 8 contestants and traveled back and forth between home and Los Angeles, where she hit the studio with songwriters including Johan Carlsson (Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman”) and Drew Pearson (Kesha’s “Woman”).

The resulting 10 songs make up her debut album “Whirlwind,” released Friday, just ahead of the “Idol” reboot’s second-season finale, which aired Sunday. Poppe, 21, talked with USA TODAY about her new music, relationship status and who she was rooting for in this year’s competition.

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Question: A year after winning “American Idol,” how does it feel to finally release this album into the world?

Maddie Poppe: It’s really exciting. I think I started to find my sound more along the way of making it. It was really inside the whole Americana/folk (genre) at first, but then I got experience writing different songs, stepped out of my comfort zone and found things I enjoyed even more.

Q: Are any of the new songs inspired by your relationship with Caleb?

Poppe: For sure. “Take It Out on You,” “Not Losing You,” and there’s a couple references to him in “Postcards from Me.” You know, I had a short amount of time –about two months – to write about my feelings. I tried to write about other things, but the only things that were on my mind were my relationship and also just my lifestyle this past year, how it’s been really crazy and hectic. I think the best songs come when your emotions are high and you can really feel it.

Q: Do you guys ever give each other feedback on songs, or do you try to keep your work completely separate?

Poppe: We definitely share our songs with each other. Caleb is writing every single day so I hear his songs all the time. I think we are both very honest with each other and that’s really nice. I always told myself I never wanted to date somebody who’s a musician because I thought that’d be difficult, but it’s been the best case really.

Q: Two of your fellow “Idol” contestants, Gabby Barrett and Cade Foehner, just got engaged. Have you and Caleb talked at all about taking that next step?

Poppe: I think we’re really young: I’m 21, he’s 20. We’ve only known each other a year. Of course, I know I want to be with him, but I want to do it when the timing’s right. Right now, we’re not really settled down and everything’s kind of up in the air, so I think we both need to focus on our careers. We see each other a lot and everything’s going great, don’t get me wrong, but I think it’s going to be a little while.

Q: Many of your fans have been upset that “Idol” didn’t invite you back to perform your new single, “Made You Miss,” on Sunday’s season finale. Is that true?

Poppe: You know, I can’t really say a lot. I think the situation speaks for itself. I really don’t want to comment because I don’t want to get into too much trouble, but I think if you put the whole thing together, a lot of people are on the same page with how I feel about it.

Q: What’s been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned about the music industry this past year?

Poppe: Be yourself, but also stand up for yourself. Not everyone sees your vision and people will try to make decisions for you. If you don’t agree with them, it’s important to say, “I’ve got to do it this other way,” or you’re going to get into a trap quick. (The music business) is so overwhelming and gets stressful sometimes, but it’d be so much harder if I was unhappy. If I hated this album, if I didn’t like the singles, if I was forced to make super-pop songs, I would be miserable and I wouldn’t even want to do it anymore. Not that I’ve ever been pushed in any direction, but it’s important to let your voice be heard and express your vision.

Q: Who are you rooting for to win “Idol”?

Poppe: I’d truly be happy for anyone because they’re all so unique in their own ways. Madison (VanDenburg) has a voice unlike anybody this whole season. Laine (Hardy) brings an old-school Elvis sort of thing, and people really love that. And with Alejandro, it’s so cool that he gets to be himself and play his original music, and people are loving it. But yeah, I can’t really say who I want to win – I’m torn between these three. Early on, I really loved Jeremiah and I wanted him to win.

Q: Me too! I was so upset when he got eliminated two weeks ago.

Poppe: I know, I never saw that coming! I thought he could win the whole thing. He was my favorite and just has something special. But you know what I think happens? (Viewers) think their favorite is everyone else’s favorite, so they’re like, “Oh, he’s going to get enough votes, I don’t need to vote for him.” That might’ve been what happened with Jeremiah, because there’s no way he should’ve gone home that night.

“American Idol” judges Lionel Richie, left, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan said goodbye to Wade Cota and Laci Kaye Booth during Sunday’s episode. So which finalists made it to the Top 3 and will head to the two-part season finale? Craig Sjodin, ABC ALEJANDRO ARANDA // 24 // Pomona, California // Signature performance: Post Malone’s “I Fall Apart” Eric McCandless, ABC LAINE HARDY // 18 // Livingston, Louisiana // Signature performance: Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home to Me” Eric McCandless, ABC MADISON VANDENBURG // 17 // Cohoes, New York // Signature performance: Kelly Clarkson’s “Already Gone” Eric McCandless, ABC

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Being a new hit star and being on fire with your album supposedly is great and all, but someone should have told Maddie Poppe that if you really want to be seen as a celebrity that loves the fans you might not want to call America dumb in a tweet for not voting the way you thought they should. The former American Idol winner has been something of a controversial character since it was announced that she wouldn’t be singing her single for the finale of the show and the fact that they didn’t give her album a shout out. That last part seems like a snub to be sure, but at the same time it seems as though it might be better to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to American Idol and put them in the rear view once your career starts going. Expecting AI to at least give her a shout out and possibly a chance to sing in the finale as other stars have done isn’t a big deal since it should be considered an honor for the show. But for Poppe to throw the kind of shade she’s been giving the show recently it would seem that she’s not the type to simply move on and not stress over it.

Kayla Keegan of Good Housekeeping has even written that people have flocked to Poppe’s cause when it comes to badmouthing Idol, a cause that was made even stronger apparently when the Dodgers decided to let her sing the national anthem AND gave her album a shout out. If there was any way to throw more gas on that particular fire then that had to be it. Unfortunately there had to be something more going on behind the scenes that gave way to this since it would seem that in the past American Idol has always been pretty good to its winners, and this is entirely out of character for the show to be honest. Whatever could have happened so far isn’t being revealed, but it’s been seen that Poppe has been doing her own thing since winning and hasn’t been having a rough go of it as some articles would like you to think.

Patrick Ryan of USA Today has even indicated that Poppe can’t really talk about what’s going on between her and Idol which seems to indicate that if she did she might either be in breach of a contract or realizes she might get torn apart and have to watch her fledgling career suffer for it. Most folks that have a serious beef with a show like American Idol don’t stay quiet this long and tend to let out just enough steam to let people around them know what’s going on. But given that she wants her career to continue, as it should without any hesitation, it seems fair to say that she’s going to stay quiet about it unless American Idol tips their hand and lets the truth about this issue out. That doesn’t seem bound to happen anytime soon since so far things have been rather bumpy between Poppe and Idol but nothing has really come of it yet.

So far it seems as though her career is going along just fine as she’s been performing and creating tracks on a fairly steady basis. The fact that there’s so much flak coming up about this issue between her and Idol seems to originate more with the fans than with her at this point since a lot of people are willing to bleat like sheep over an issue that has little to nothing to do with them since it takes them away from their own lives and allows them to pretend that their words will matter. The truth of it is that whatever lies between Poppe and Idol could be something that is far more complicated than anyone knows and is just as much her doing as it is the show. American Idol after all is a program that is designed to take the best singers that America can find and allow them to bring their skills to the stage in a way that allows them to not only perform at their very best, but to win the chance to do so on a grander stage than they’re used to and in a manner that will allow them to become big stars in their own right.

The point here is that Maddie won, she had her career set to go and still does, so being snubbed by American Idol might hurt, but usually with snubs there’s a reason behind them that justifies such behavior. Even if there isn’t her career is great enough at this point in her life that simply turning her back on the show for the time being until things settle down shouldn’t be a hardship. But listening to the fans, that’s where the issue seems to really lie.

  • American Idol season 16 winner Maddie Poppe allegedly isn’t on the greatest terms with the show.
  • According to Variety, she was told there wasn’t a slot for her on the 2019 finale to sing her single “Made You Miss.”
  • This comes after Idol reportedly failed to plug her upcoming album Whirlwind when she appeared on the show for Disney night.

Over the years, it’s pretty much become par for the course to have previous American Idol winners return and perform at the finale the following year. But as Variety reports, Idol’s production team told last year’s champion, Maddie Poppe, that the three-hour finale this year was “already booked.”

According to the outlet, this is just one example of the tension going on behind the scenes between past contestants and the show. For instance, when Maddie and her boyfriend/season 16 runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson sang a duet on Disney night this year, Maddie was allegedly frustrated that there was no mention of her upcoming album Whirlwind, which is set to drop May 17.

A Variety source said that Maddie was under the impression that they would be making a “big plug” for the album. Idol couldn’t, however, reportedly because “the show ran out of time.”

Tweeting her anger a week later, she wrote, “Was waiting for ‘ALSO from last week, our Season 16 winner has an album coming out May 17th.’”

Was waiting for “ALSO from last week, our season 16 winner has an album coming out May 17th”….

— Maddie Poppe (@MaddiePoppe) April 29, 2019

She later added, “There’s much more to the story here. Not trying to make it about me at all. I’ve been raving about these contestants every week.”

The situation was apparently made worse when last year’s third place finisher Gabby Barrett came back on May 5 and the show announced that she had signed with Warner Brothers Nashville. Taking note of the weird situation, former contestant Ada Vox hopped on Twitter in Maddie’s defense.

I’m so glad that Gabby is getting to perform her single “I Hope” on @AmericanIdol . It’s so great seeing contestants doing well and getting to come back!
But… Why is Maddie not going back to perform a song off of her album that’s dropping just days before the finale?

— Ada Vox (@AdaVox) April 30, 2019

“Why is Maddie not going back to perform a song off of her album that’s dropping just days before the finale?” the former contestant asked.

It’s a question that Maddie’s team also wondered about. The story goes on to say that even though Maddie will “indeed be a part of the season finale,” she was previously told that there wasn’t a slot for her to sing her single “Made You Miss.” This, of course, was a huge bummer for her, whose album release date was supposedly timed to the Idol finale (which is on May 19).

All in all, Maddie will be returning to the finale in some capacity, according to an Idol rep, who also noted that “it was not always a hard and fast rule to have the previous year’s winner at the finale.”

While it’s unclear how Maddie will grace the stage at the finale, we do know that the 2009 runner up and current Queen frontman Adam Lambert will be performing. As for everything else, we’ll have to wait to see.

(h/t: Variety)

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Season 16 American Idol winner Maddie Poppe may not have put her beef with the show to rest just yet. A couple of recent tweets from the singer suggest she’s still sour about the show’s lack of promotion for her new music last season.

If you’re not up to date on all the drama, read on for a recap of the feud between Maddie and Idol. Then you be the judge on whether or not her latest comments are a dig at the show.

Maddie Poppe promotes her album after drama on “American Idol.”

Maddie Poppe’s ‘American Idol’ Drama

Last season, American Idol angered Maddie’s fans when the show failed to plug her album Whirlwind during an appearance on the show. Maddie herself tweeted about the lack of promotion, and revealed that the show had rehearsed an announcement about her album but ran out of time.

To make things even more awkward, Maddie wasn’t even invited to perform on the finale of the show, even though third-place artist Gabby Barrett got to perform and promote her music earlier in the season.

Was waiting for “ALSO from last week, our season 16 winner has an album coming out May 17th”….

— Maddie Poppe (@MaddiePoppe) April 29, 2019

Maddie was not shy about her displeasure on social media. She even stopped live-tweeting the show, saying she didn’t want to promote it when they didn’t promote her in return.

The singer ended up making an appearance during the finale to talk about her album, but she didn’t perform. She continued to like negative tweets about the show, and later said Idol “turned their back” on her, adding that “the best revenge is to be successful.”

Thank you to @AmericanIdol for having me back to sing my new single “Platinum”. It was such an honor to be on that stage again! ♥️

— Maddie Poppe (@MaddiePoppe) November 22, 2019

Maddie Trolls ‘American Idol’ On Twitter

Cut to this past weekend, when Maddie retweeted a fan’s self-edited video and added a cheeky comment. The clip is from her time on American Idol, and is dubbed with audio from one of her Instagram Stories. The user joked that it’s Maddie’s new single.

According to a response from another Twitter user, the moment (in which Maddie sings about being “platinum”) happened when she was upgraded to platinum for her flights. In Maddie’s retweet, she thanked American Idol for “having me back to sing my new single ‘Platinum’. It was such an honor to be on that stage again!”

That could certainly be read as a dig at the show for not inviting her to perform her own music. To make things even more awkward, American Idol replied to the tweet with a laughing emoji.

Two back-to-back performances of newly released music on @AmericanIdol is almost unheard of! Again, many thanks to the show for having us perform our groundbreaking duet “Non-Stick Cakepan”!♥️

— Maddie Poppe (@MaddiePoppe) November 24, 2019

The same user tweeted another funny edit of Maddie singing with her boyfriend and Idol runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson about a “non-stick cake pan.” Maddie once again retweeted with a comment about American Idol having them on to perform.

Whether or not Maddie meant to shade the show for last season’s drama, you have to love her sense of humor. However, we’re a little sad that “Platinum” and “Non-Stick Cake Pan” aren’t actual singles we can listen to in full.