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

Sergio Conner
May 23, 2018

"American Idol" victor Maddie Poppe, runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson, third-place finisher Gabby Barrett and the rest of the Top 7 are heading out on the road this summer to play a series of live concert dates around the country. ABC had promised to put its stamp on the show, which logged 15 seasons on Fox, and the new "Idol" is certainly less cynical than the Simon Cowell years. She says she had experienced so much heartbreak that she had planned to be single for a long time, but that all changed when she met Caleb. "This is just divine intervention, honey". Poppe beat out fellow finalists Gabby Barrett and Caleb Lee Hutchinson. "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 gushed. Hutchinson replied, "Well, you know, Maddie is like my best pal, and I've known her since the beginning of Hollywood week. I'm there for her whenever she's anxious about anything and she's there for me". After Maddie was crowned the champion, Entertainment Tonight caught up with the couple backstage and they couldn't stop gushing over each other. "It was one of those things where I didn't want it to affect anything, and I didn't want to exploit my feelings for her 'cause they're very, very real". Poppe brought down the house with her rendition of Stevie Nicks' "Landslide", and by the end of Sunday's show, judge Perry proclaimed, "I'm voting for you". Caleb noted that their romance started on January 21, the day they met during Hollywood Week.

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