'American Idol' winner Maddie Poppe on 'Good Morning America': 'My dad is my best friend.'
American Idol finalist Maddie Poppe of Clarksville, Iowa, visits her hometown to film segments for the finale of the competition. Des Moines Register
There's no sleeping in stardom.
Newly minted "American Idol" winner Maddie Poppe learned that lesson in the hours after her win Monday night when she and her boyfriend, "Idol" runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson, were spirited away to New York overnight.
Wearing a bright yellow dress and floral Doc Martins, Maddie told the "Good Morning America" hosts that winning "Idol" hasn't really sunk in yet.
The "Idol" producers "kind of adjust you to it," Maddie said of her new life. "You know, ever since Hollywood Week your sleep schedule changes, definitely, and I haven’t seen my family for a really long time, which is sad, but they know that this is my dream, so this is what they want for me."
Trent and Tonya Poppe were in the audience for their daughter's big win as were her two sisters, Hannah, 22, and Emma, 16. The Poppes will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary Wednesday, which Maddie had hoped to throw a party for, but got a "little busy." (I think they'll understand.)
Even though the foursome didn't make the trek to New York with Maddie, her parents sent a special message that "GMA" played on air.
"Congratulations, Maddie, on winning 'American Idol,'" her dad said. We're "very proud of you (and) thank you, America, for being so good to our little girl."
"We love you, Maddie," her mom added. "We're so proud."
Trent Poppe — who Maddie calls her "best friend" — has been a musical mentor to the 20-year-old as long as she can remember, she previously told the Des Moines Register.
"We recorded my first album together in our basement," she said. "He’s been on this journey since it all started ... (so) yes, definitely, I want him to be part of the success, also."
Reflecting back on the finale, Maddie was all smiles talking about her duet with Kermit the Frog (aka the biggest star on "Idol's" stage), calling it "the best moment of this whole show."
"It was just so much fun," she said. "Usually the choreographers are like, 'You have to smile more,' and I couldn’t stop smiling" during that song, she said.
"It's like singing with Michael Jackson," she added.
Maddie said what she will remember most are the people who made the "Idol" experience fun.
"I made friends on that show who are some of my best friends and I know we will be lifelong friends," she said, "and that’s where I met my boyfriend."
Yes, Monday night, Hutchinson and Poppe (aka Hutchpoppe) announced to the world that they are dating and the Internet exploded.
For Hutchinson, who also appeared on "Good Morning America," being a runner-up to his new love was "just fine."
"It was kind of conflicting at times, I think, because you know, part of me was Team Maddie for a while," he said. "As much as I wanted to win I just felt like she was kicking butt in this competition."
And on the possibility of a duet in their future?
"I mean if she’ll have me," Hutchinson said. "She’s a super star now."
The Iowa native has been a fan favorite with her folksy vocals and became this season's winner of the reality singing competition revived by ABC in March. USA TODAY