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Maddie Poppe Makes an 'American Idol' Finale Appearance, Despite Past Issues

Maddie Poppe Makes an 'American Idol' Finale Appearance, Despite Past Issues

When former winner Maddie Poppe made an appearance during the American Idol finale on Sunday night (May 19), you may not have realized that this was actually a pretty big deal after what’s been happening recently.

There have reportedly been some issues between Maddie and the show after her appearance on the Disney-themed episode back in April.

Maddie and her boyfriend, fellow season 16 finalist Caleb Lee Hutchinson, performed a brief duet of “A Whole New World” and the show failed to mention that her debut album Whirlwind was set to be released on May 17.

A week later, Maddie tweeted her frustration when no mention of the album was made during the next episode either. She wrote, “Was waiting for ‘ALSO from last week, our season 16 winner has an album coming out May 17th’….”

Maddie later added, “Unfortunately, I won’t be returning to perform for the finale.”

To add fuel to the fire, the next week, third place finalist Gabby Barrett performed her new single on the show and was given time to plug her new record deal with Warner Brothers Nashville.

While Maddie ended up appearing on the Idol finale, Variety reports that she was “devastated” that she wasn’t given a chance to perform her own song on the show.

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American Idol Reveals Who Made The Top 20 for Season 17

American Idol Reveals Who Made The Top 20 for Season 17

American Idol just revealed the Top 20!

If you missed the weekend episode, the show headed to Hawaii for the showcase round performances from Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa, where the list was cut in half.

Now, 20 are headed back to Los Angeles and will perform in front of a live audience from The Wiltern starting tonight, April 1st.

Voting will kick off for home audiences on April 15th.

Click inside to see which singers made the Top 20 on American Idol season 17…

American Idol's Gabby Barrett & Cade Foehner Are Engaged!

American Idol's Gabby Barrett & Cade Foehner Are Engaged!

Congrats to Gabby Barrett and Cade Foehner – they just got engaged!

The couple, who met on while competing on American Idol in season 1 on ABC, revealed their engagement with People magazine.

“I did not see this coming,” Gabby shared with People about how Cade proposed while they revisited the room where they first met during their Idol days.

She added about her first impression of Cade, “I thought he was cute, but I didn’t think there was going to be anything that came out of it.

“Her love for God — that rocked my world from the start,” Cade added. “Her humility and who she is as a woman is wrapped up in her beliefs in God. Having that pushes you to want to be humble and want to live a life like Christ. She’s absolutely captivating. I’ve known for quite a while that I want to spend my life with her. I could literally stare in her eyes for a million years and could not get tired of that.”

Another couple was born from the first season of American Idol, too – winner Maddie Poppe and runner up Caleb Lee Hutchinson.

Meg Donnelly Sings 'The Climb' for Taylor's Idol Audition - Watch Now!

Meg Donnelly Sings 'The Climb' for Taylor's Idol Audition - Watch Now!

Meg Donnelly is showing off her amazing singing voice on the latest episode of American Housewife!

The 18-year-old actress’ character Taylor decides to audition for American Idol to prove to her parents that she has what it takes to become a pop star. Watch now!

Meg sang the song “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus for the audition and she got three yes votes from judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie.

If you didn’t know, Meg previously starred in the Disney Channel musical movie Zombies.

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Former 'Every Witch Way' Star Nick Merico Auditions For 'American Idol' - Watch!

Former 'Every Witch Way' Star Nick Merico Auditions For 'American Idol' - Watch!

A familiar face popped up on American Idol last night – Nick Merico!

If you don’t know, the -year-old actor/singer starred on Nickelodeon’s Every Witch Way as Daniel, and was in the middle of that Emma, Daniel and Jax love triangle.

“It was amazing, but at the bottom of my heart, I knew music was always what I wanted to do. It’s where my soul lies,” Nick shared with the judges before performing Amy Winehouse‘s “Back To Black”.

And yes, he got a ticket to Hollywood! Check out his full performance now!

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