American Idol finalist Maddie Poppe of Clarksville, Iowa, visits her hometown to film segments for the finale of the competition. Rodney White, email@example.com
Maddie Poppe is giving Iowans a reason to watch "American Idol" this season.
The 20-year-old singer from Clarksville, Iowa, was recently voted into the Top 3 of the famous signing competition, which airs on ABC.
Poppe previously told the Register that she grew up watching "American Idol" and has fallen in love with the competitors who "stood out."
“My strategy, so far, has been to pick weird, quirky, unique songs that no one else wants to do that make me stand out," Poppe said. "Song choice is huge in this show. We have had several people pick the same song, but I have picked different songs that no one else has thought to sing and I think that is helpful.”
American Idol finalist Maddie Poppe visits her hometown of Clarksville, Iowa. Courtney Crowder, firstname.lastname@example.org
She has certainly stood out on this season with her folksy voice and storytelling style. Poppe is also a songwriter and has often accompanied herself on guitar, ukulele and piano.
Here are videos of Poppe's journey to the Top 3 of "American Idol":
It all started with her audition in New York City, where Poppe sang "Rainbow Connection" from the Muppet Movie. The performance earned her a golden ticket to Hollywood and praise from the judges.
"You definitely have your own distinctive quality in your voice. That’s pretty dope," said popstar Katy Perry, one of the show's judges.
Poppe sang an original song called "Don't Ever Let Your Children Grow Up" during her Hollywood Week solo performance.
BONUS PERFORMANCE: "Dreams" by Brandi Carlile
Following the Showcase Round — where Poppe sang Janis Joplin's "Me and Bobby McGhee" — the judges advanced her to the Top 24.
In this round, Poppe performed twice: a solo, "Brand New Key" by Melanie...
...and a duet with singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat. They sang Caillat's 2007 hit "Bubbly" together.
Poppe, along with 13 other contestants, made it into the live performances. She sang "Homeward Bound" by Simon and Garfunkel.
In this round, the Top 10 were tasked to perform Disney hits. Poppe chose "The Bare Necessities" from The Jungle Book.
Poppe also performed "Walk Like An Egyptian" by the Bangles.
The seven remaining contestants each performed twice with tribute performances to the late Prince and songs from their birth years.
"Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinead O'Connor (written by Prince)
"If It Makes You Happy" by Sheryl Crow (1999)
The five remaining contestants each performed twice with performances to Carrie Underwood songs and numbers dedicated to their moms and mother figures.
"I Told You So" by Randy Travis (1988), covered by Carrie Underwood (2007)
"God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys (1966)
Season Finale, Part 1:
Maddie's coronation song, "Going, Going Gone" by Maddie Poppe (2018)
"Don't Ever Let Your Children Grow Up"
"Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac (1975)
Season Finale, Part 2:
Kermit the Frog and Maddie Poppe perform "Rainbow Connection"
Bebe Rexha and the Top 3 sing "Meant to Be" (2017)
Maddie and Caleb sing a "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, 1990) and "What a Wonderful World" (Louis Daniel Armstrong, 1967) mashup:
It's official:Maddie becomes the first Iowan to win 'American Idol', and Maddie struggles, through tears, to get through her new song, "Going Going Gone" (2018)
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