Here's why 'American Idol' really did have the happiest ending

American Idol` In part one of the two-night season finale on Sunday the Top 3 finalists performed on the `Idol` stage for their last chance to win America's vote as the search for America's next superstar continued on its new home. The show offered

American Idol` In part one of the two-night season finale on Sunday the Top 3 finalists performed on the `Idol` stage for their last chance to win America's vote as the search for America's next superstar continued on its new home. The show offered

Maddie Poppe and Caleb Lee Hutchinson have Katy Perry's stamp of approval! As for when they made it official, he noted, "If you ask me, it was January 21st, which was the first day I laid eyes on her".

The grand finale of American Idol 2018 aired Monday night and the popular singing competition announced a victor at the end of last night's performances.

After weeks of giving everything up in the live performances and the excruciating pressure during the voting rounds, American Idol finally determined a victor.

Maddie debuted the track with a live performance on the finale and has several appearances scheduled in the coming days. The two finalists surprised everyone when they suddenly announced that they were a couple right before Ryan Seacrest declared the victor.

Winner Maddie, 20, stayed mum on the relationship, but did admit she's excited to record with her new boyfriend.

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Ladies and gentlemen, meet the next American Idol.

As the audience erupted in shock and surprise, the three judges - Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan - jumped up from their seats. She mentioned how her life has changed since American Idol came into her life. 'No one deserved it more than you babe. Then they went on to devastate everyone with a lovely, touching duet of an "Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" medley. After weeks of singing their heart out and climbing to the top of the ladder for America's vote, only one of the fan-beloved contestants could win.

Maddie broke down in tears at the announcement of her victory, and sang her new single, "Going Going Gone". I remember looking at her.

"American Idol is rigged", another remarked. Although the victor will receive a new record contract and tons of notoriety, a 2010 New York Times report said that the record contract "potentially binds the artist to the show's producers for up to seven years, roughly twice as long as a typical first contract".

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