Hutchinson and Poppe sang a their rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World".
During the show, Seacrest turned to Poppe and Hutchinson and said that the country has fallen in love with both of them.
Poppe, a 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Iowa, claimed the Idol title over her 19-year-old beau, who is a musician from Dallas, Texas. 'No one deserved it more than you babe. "She's the superstar now".
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"We really wished that this could happen and just that it happened", she told ET "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 fantastic". Hutchinson told ET that he didn't want to use their relationship to round up any votes. "Even when I got to Top 24, I was winning". 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.
"I made friends on that show who are still are my best friends", Maddie added. "I really did because my music is not mainstream, and so to know that I pulled this off just doing what I love and I didn't have to change myself is pretty incredible". I don't feel any type of bitter loss at all. However, he also said that he just had to convince her.
He said on the finale last night that he and Maddie are dating. 'This is just divine intervention, honey'. 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".