"American Idol" victor Maddie Poppe reveals she's dating finalist Caleb Lee Hutchinson

Blanche Robertson
May 23, 2018

American Idol season 16 top three finalists Caleb Lee, Gabby Barrett and Maddie Poppe each performed three songs during the live broadcast of American Idol grand finale.

Caleb and Maddie announced their secret romance just before the results were revealed during the show's finale on May 21. The singer just had to tell the Idol host, Ryan Seacrest, that she had found out that she was the victor before everyone else. "I've known her since the beginning of Hollywood Week, and you know, she, uh - she actually happens to be my girlfriend".

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

It wouldn't be a finale without a little bit of drama thrown into the mix, as fans discovered that Hutchinson and Poppe were indeed a couple as they performed together on a medley of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World". Ryan Seacrest was set to announce the victor of American Idol 2018 before the live audience and millions of viewers watching around the country.

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The victor of "American Idol" may have been announced Monday night but that's not the only thing that got viewers talking during the epic season 16 finale.

'MY GIRLFRIEND WON AMERICAN IDOL!' he tweeted that night. He wrote that he is honored to call Maddie his, and also included an "I love you" at the end. Don't forget about me. I love you (heart emoticon)'. "It's just like that's so sweet", said Tammy Waltke trip victor. "You can't write this stuff", Katy, 33, told PEOPLE following the show's finale on May 21, where Maddie, 19, was crowned the season 16 victor. 'This is just divine intervention, honey'. Through this whole thing, me and her haven't really been apart, and I'm there for her whenever she's anxious about anything and she's there for me. She posted a handsome message on her Instagram account sharing her thoughts on her win, but the one thing that stood out the most was her message to her boyfriend, Caleb.

'I'm there for her whenever she's anxious about anything and she's there for me'.

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