Las Angeles, CA – Clarksville’s own Maddie Poppe sang her way into history Monday on the finale of A-B-C’s “American Idol.” Host Ryan Seacrest read the results of the nationwide voting.
Poppe was one of three finalists and that was cut to two before the big announcement. Poppe advanced with Caleb Lee Hutchinson, who told the audience in a surprise that the two are dating. Poppe was given a guitar shortly after being named the winner. She struggled to overcome the emotion as she sang one of her original songs, “Going, Going, Gone.”
Poppe became the first Iowan to win the “American Idol” contest and in the process captured the attention of the country with her range and ability to perform on the show under pressure. Some 10-thousand people turned out to see her at the Butler County Fairgrounds last week as she returned home after being named a finalist. Several Clarksville residents watched the finale at a local bar and these two told K-C-R-G T-V they had no doubt she would win.
Poppe is in New York today to appear on the A-B-C morning show. Poppe wins 250-thousand dollars, a performance at the Hollywood Bowl and a recording contract with Hollywood Records.