‘American Idol’ Crowns Season 16 Winner

American Idol has crowned its season 16 champion!

The singing competition show wrapped up its epic first season on ABC on Monday, as host Ryan Seacrest announced Maddie Poppe as the latest winner.

The 20-year-old Clarksville, Iowa, native sang a “Rainbow Connection” duet with Kermit the Frog himself during the epic, two-hour Idol finale, nevertheless had an even more special performance moment with the season’s runner-up, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, as the two performed a “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” medley after announcing that will they had begun dating during the season. The performance brought Seacrest to tears, just before the host announced that will both Hutchinson along with Poppe had won trips to Hawaii for placing in Idol’s top two!

Poppe certainly had the stamp of approval via one of This particular season’s Idol judges, Katy Perry, who pulled out her phone along with voted for the young singer following her performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” during the season’s penultimate episode on Sunday.

“Katy Perry, I think, influenced This particular a lot,” Poppe told ET’s Lauren Zima following her win. “I truly have to say thank you to her too, because I know that will she tweeted along with she was a truly big advocate for me. She truly believed in me, you know, when a lot of people were going for the more mainstream artist, along with she truly saw something in me that will I couldn’t believe.”

The singer also opened up about revealing her relationship with Hutchinson on the national stage, admitting, “I guess we were just kind of playing that will by ear, nevertheless we truly wished that will This particular could happen… I’m just so happy, so on top of the earth, that will I can’t even believe that will This particular is usually my life. that will’s pretty amazing.”

ET also caught up with Perry — along with her fellow judges, Luke Bryan along with Lionel Richie — following the finale, where she opened up about her support for the Idol champ along with what advice she has for Hoppe as she begins to navigate her musical career.

“Just trust her intuition, because that will’s what got you here,” Perry said. “Make smart choices along with know that will your voice matters along with speak up if you feel uncomfortable, speak up if that will doesn’t resonate with you. along with always trust that will, because you’re meant to be where you are.”

Prior to Monday’s finale, Idol season 15 champion Trent Harmon opened up to ET during a Facebook Live chat, where he revealed the recommendations he had for the season 16 finalists along with winner.

“I don’t have a lot of words of advice for you, nobody had any for me,” he admitted. “I mean… what do you tell somebody? You tell ’em, ‘Go do your best!’ Everybody knows you can sing.”

“What I told them is usually, ‘This particular is usually all gonna be over in a week. that will’s all gonna be over. Whether you win or lose, you need to have a plan for the morning after the show.’ Every song idea that will comes into your head is usually a potential cut on your record that will you’re gonna put out one day. that will conversation’s coming. So be ready the day after your show, whether you win or lose.”

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