'American Idol' Final Two Maddie Poppe and Caleb Hutchinson Talk Secret Romance

The victor was crowned during a live two-hour finale on Monday
Mitch Haaseth ABC
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23 May, 2018

American Idol has crowned its very first victor, Maddie Poppe, and no one is more thrilled for her than runner-up, Caleb Lee Hutchinson.

"Not only is American Idol rigged but Gabby not winning is the biggest upset of 2018", another angry user posted.

But it was Hutchinson's declaration that he and Poppe were in a relationship - after host Ryan Seacrest teasingly asked if the singer would be able to duet with Poppe - that had the audience screaming.

Hutchinson then gushed, "She's my best pal".

"I've known her since the beginning of Hollywood Week, and you know, she.she actually happens to be my girlfriend", Hutchinson said.

In overly dramatic American Idol fashion, Ryan Seacrest announced Maddie Poppe as the victor of this year's singing competition.

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The two-hour-long episode also saw guests Nick Jonas, Bebe Rexha, and even Kermit the Frog take the stage.

"So, the two of them are a couple, and they're competing for the title". Caleb congratulated his love, tweeting, "No one deserved it more than you, babe".

"This guy captured my heart from the start and showed me what love truly means".

"We really wished that this could happen and just that it happened", she told ET "I'm just so happy, so on top of the world, that I can't even believe this is my life, so it's pretty awesome".

Katy Perry said you can't make up this happy ending. Thank you to all of America for believing in me when I didn't even believe in myself.

The couple surprised fans and judges when they unveiled their secret romance during the season finale of the competition show on Monday.


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