|American Idol finalists Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Maddie Poppe (ABC)|
TVIt may not be a fair assessment, but last night it appeared as if ABC couldn’t push the Dancing with the Stars: Athletes out the door fast enough in order to get the American Idol finale party started which began with Judge Lionel Richie singing his iconic song, “All Night Long” with this season’s ten finalists.
The two-hour finale featured numerous musical performances before crowning this season’s winner. This season’s two finalists, Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Maddie Poppe held hands as they sang “Somewhere over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World” before it was revealed who this season’s winner was.
|2018 American Idol winner Maddie Poppe |
and host Ryan Seacrest (ABC)
Luke Bryan sang “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” and later sang “Most People Are Good” with Gabby Barrett. Nick Jonas and Mustard sang “Anywhere” and later Jonas also sang “Jealous” with Jurnee. Patti LaBelle appeared with Ada singing “Lady Marmalade” and finally, Yolanda Adams sang “What the World Needs Now” with Michael J. Woodard.
In the end, it was Maddie Poppe who won this year’s American Idol competition and finished out the night with her new single, “Landslide.”