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

And even though the American Idol season 1 finale just happened, we know you're already missing your favorite contestants. The country star was joined by the runner-up of the singing competition, Caleb Lee Hutchinson. The final three became the top two when Gabby Barrett was eliminated, leaving Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Maddie Poppe to vie for the coveted title of the next "American Idol".

Poppe and Hutchinson had a very special onstage moment when they announced they had been secretly dating during the season, shocking fans and judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie.

Monday night's "Idol" finale saw Poppe get crowned the victor after battling it out with her beau and their fellow top three finalist, Gabby Barrett. Caleb congratulated his love, tweeting, "No one deserved it more than you, babe".

"I had goosebumps when they announced the victor her name and then they also announced they were a couple. I've known her since the beginning of Hollywood Week and, you know, she actually happens to be my girlfriend", Caleb disclosed to the audience, who broke out into cheers and applause.


Maddie adds, "I just can't even believe, you know I felt like I was kind of an underdog for a while".

The couple then performed "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" together and was surprised with a trip to Hawaii.

Caleb blushed when asked if he was "in love", coyly replying, "I mean, you know... I'm so disappointed in America's vote", another noted.

"I don't have many words to say I just, I feel so overwhelmed", the 18-year-old singer shared afterwards.


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