Iowa's Maddie Poppe WINS American Idol!

DES MOINES, Iowa - Maddie Poppe had the most interesting evening.

On the ABC-TV live "American Idol" show, she got to sing a duet with Kermit The Frog (Rainbow Connection). Then she found out that she and Caleb Lee Hutchinson were the top two.  

Then...right before 10pm, Maddie was told she was the winner of the talent competition.

Fighting back tears and feeling the excitement of the moment, Maddie wasn't able to finish singing her sone "Going, Going, Gone at the finale...relying on all of the American Idol contestants this year to sing it for her. 

Gabby Barrett and Caleb Hutchinson were the others in the top three at the beginning of the show.  All three sang three songs Sunday  night during Part I of Idol's season finale.  Viewer votes were concluded Monday morning, and judges' votes will be added to those totals during the Part II finale.  

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