He previously auditioned for season nine of the USA edition of The Voice but failed to persuade any of the coaches to turn for him - however he fared far better when he tried his hand at American Idol, nabbing a ticket to the Hollywood stages with his rendition of The Steel Drivers song If It Hadn't Been For Love.
American Idol has crowned its season 16 champion! You could tell she was embracing this incredible moment and gave it all she had.
Her performances prompted Perry on Sunday to say she was voting for the Iowan - even getting out her cellphone to ostensibly do so. In entering Monday's grand finale, the finalists and previously eliminated contestants took to the stage to perform songs alongside all-stars, such as Nick Jonas and Patti LaBelle.More news: Police officer killed in Baltimore County; manhunt continues for suspect
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On the heels of Sunday's performance finale, Maddie Poppe's single is attracting the most interest. "I really wish you would embody it as Caleb Lee Hutchinson's song", she said.
Gabby then belted out "Little Red Wagon" by Miranda Lambert.
- Poppe is also charting at #144 with her previously recorded original "Don't Ever Let Your Children Grow Up". Lionel gushed about how she owned her style, and Katy said she loved how Maddie took a risk and showed how she's a real songwriter and "authentic as heck".More news: The 2018 NBA Playoffs Have Been Awful, With Far too Many Blowouts
One of the night's biggest surprises came when Caleb announced that he and Maddie have been dating. It was a fun, buoyant performance. Perry called the original performances and the first round of the show "a disaster". Following her performance of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin, ' " the song's original vocalist, Steve Perry, showed up in the seating area with Gabby's family and friends.
"It was the most fantastic version I've ever heard", Perry told Barrett. "She was fantastic, that's my critique!" he said.More news: Maduro Warns on Plans against Venezuelan Elections