The results are in on the rebooted “American Idol” and the winning contestant is… Maddie Poppe.
From the moment 20-year old Iowa native Poppe auditioned with “The Rainbow Connection,” she was a clear frontrunner. And week after week, viewers saw her blossom into an artist. As Perry often complimented, Poppe has impeccable musical taste and a whole lot of talent. Among Poppe’s winning performances was her rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound” and “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys.
Poppe’s prize includes a recording contract with Hollywood Records. Speaking to Variety last week, Disney Music Group president Ken Bunt said that the company was committed “to continue telling the story of the winner.”
Gabby Barrett was eliminated earlier in the night. She, along with Hutchinson and Pope, each performed three songs on the May 20 episode: a hometown dedication, an encore of their favorite song of the season, and their winner’s single.