American Idol finalist Maddie Poppe of Clarksville, Iowa, visits her hometown to film segments for the finale of the competition. Des Moines Register


Jimmy Buffett served his Iowa crowd well. 

He earned fist pumps for Iowa State Fair jokes and heard cries of approval for Des Moines shout-outs during song lyrics. 

But the 11,900 Iowans at Wells Fargo Arena Tuesday night responded loudest for a new star: "American Idol" winner and Clarksville native Maddie Poppe

Playing "Back Where I Come From," an original from longtime Coral Reefer member Mac McAnally, the stage-length backing screen flashed familiar Iowa images: Kinnick Stadium, the Women's Achievement Bridge and Terrace Hill all made the cut. 

And so did a timely plug for the state's newest star. Poppe's photo, with a caption of her name and hometown, brought sitting fans to a stand as the audience roared with approval. 

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Sounds like Poppe has earned a new fan in Buffett (or, at least, one of his touring staffers). 

Poppe took home the top prize Monday night from the revived reality television show, defeating (plot twist!) boyfriend Caleb Lee Hutchinson. She earned $250,000, a deal with Hollywood Records and a show at the historic Hollywood Bowl. 

She hits the road this summer as part of the "American Idol! Live 2018" tour. 

Buffett played a 26-song, two-hour set Tuesday night, his first in Des Moines since 2012. 

Poppe returns Aug. 25 to Iowa, the Gazette reports, to play a free show in Cedar Rapids. 

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