American Idol finalist Maddie Poppe visits her hometown of Clarksville, Iowa. Courtney Crowder,


Iowan Maddie Poppe is the latest winner of "American Idol" after enamoring audiences with her folksy voice, unique song choices and humble Iowa demeanor.

However, what initially caught the judge's attention was her "Kermit the Frog" song performance. Poppe, 20, earned her ticket to Hollywood by singing, "Rainbow Connection" from 1979's The Muppet Movie.

"You have a storyteller voice. Storytelling is the best thing in the world. We need you in this show," judge Lionel Richie told the Clarksville native during her audition.

While the other finalists got to sing with musical celebrities like Luke Bryan and Darius Rucker, Poppe's duet partner was Kermit the Frog during the "American Idol" finale on Monday.

But it was a great experience for Poppe, who told "Good Morning America" on Tuesday that it was the best moment of the show for her.

"Rainbow Connection" was originally sang by Kermit the Frog and written by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher for The Muppet Movie. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song in 1979.

The song's wistful nature and authenticity ended up winning over audiences and became a radio hit after the movie premiered.

Listen to Poppe's two different performances below:

"Rainbow Connection" at the audition

"Rainbow Connection" at the finale, with Kermit the Frog



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