The winner of “American Idol” may have been announced Monday night but that’s not the only thing that got viewers talking during the epic season 16 finale.
The final two contestants, Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Maddie Poppe, shared some sweet news as they belted out “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World” together — they’re dating!
Host Ryan Seacrest explained, “Back with you here live on ‘American Idol’. It’s finale time. Results are coming up very soon. But before we get to those, we want to celebrate the incredible talent that is your top two.”
“And the country has fallen in love with the two of you. I’m just wondering, is there a special significance to the song when you sing it with Maddie?” he added.
Hutchinson then gushed, “She’s my best pal. I’ve known her since Hollywood Week, and she actually happens to be my girlfriend,” much to the delight of judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan.
Monday night’s “Idol” finale saw Poppe get crowned the winner after battling it out with her beau and their fellow top three finalist, Gabby Barrett.
The two-hour-long episode also saw guests Nick Jonas, Bebe Rexha, and even Kermit the Frog take the stage.