It was the moment everyone had been waiting for, down to just two finalists – American Idol was about to crown the newest winner of the competition…but that wasn’t the only reveal that folks watching would get.
Our Top 3 compete for your votes one last time in our 2 Night Finale Event TONIGHT!
Season 16 of American Idol had kicked off a whole new style of show, this time aired on ABC and produced with a lot more special effects.
Beyond just the special effects, guest performances, and new music during the season finale last night (May 21st), there was a whole other level of surprise in store for folks – and nobody would have ever been able to predict it!
It was just down to Gabby Barrett, Maddie Poppe, and Caleb Lee Hutchison as finalists – but Barrett was eliminated leaving just Poppe and Hutchison as the final two.
Set to perform a song together before the big reveal, Caleb and Maddie gave up their biggest secret yet…
“Well, you know, Maddie’s like my best pal,” he said to Ryan Seacrest. “I’ve known her since the beginning of Hollywood Week, and you know, she, uh — she actually happens to be my girlfriend.”
That’s when the internet went head-over-heels wild about this newly-revealed couple!
Maddie won Idol and Caleb won Maddie #americanidol
— Mateen (@andrebastani) May 22, 2018
guys i’m going to cry i love maddie and caleb so much and to hear that they are the top 2 is literally a dream come true. update: i’m crying.
— jonny b (@jonnybrenns) May 22, 2018
CALEB AND MADDIE ARE DATING?! CALEB AND MADDIE ARE THE TOP TWO!!!!! WTF!!!! OMG PLOT TWIST!!! #AmericanIdol
— Regina Phalange (@buddhaliciousss) May 22, 2018
It was then that host Ryan Seacrest announced the two of them would be heading to Hawaii on a vacation for two!
Watch the full reveal of the newest American Idol winner below and let us know what you think about this budding romance.