Why Maddie Poppe & Caleb Lee Hutchinson Kept Their 'American Idol' Romance Secret

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During the Part I season finale Monday, host Ryan Seacrest announced that Buffalo is among the cities that will host "American Idol" auditions for the next season.

Maddie Poppe and Caleb Lee Hutchinson perform togetherSo who won American Idol 2018, season 16?

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The judges could not hide their shock as they stood up from their chairs, clearly elated by the news.

Poppe, a 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Iowa, claimed the Idol title over her 19-year-old beau, who is a musician from Dallas, Texas. The two appeared very sweet and encouraging to one another, and the three judges were all but swooning at the news that Caleb and Maddie had made a love connection... but there can be only one American Idol per season.


"We really wished that this could happen and just that it happened, 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 incredible", she said.

During the finale, the duo performed "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World". Don't forget about me.

"All of these things and so much more, but one of the best gifts it's given me is Caleb Hutchinson", she continued.

He added of Poppe's win, "When I looked over at Maddie, I was like, 'I win either way.' I really do. I'm just so happy for her". "I know they will be lifelong friends, and I met my boyfriend [Caleb Lee Hutchinson]". However, he also said that he just had to convince her. "It's just like that's so sweet", said Tammy Waltke trip victor.

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