Why Maddie Poppe & Caleb Lee Hutchinson Kept Their 'American Idol' Romance Secret

Posted May 23, 2018

Yes, two of the three finalists were secretly dating, and they just to happened to be the two going head-to-head for the top title at the very end.

'MY GIRLFRIEND WON AMERICAN IDOL!' he tweeted that night. Now that Maddie has had a moment or two to process things, she has taken the time to express her feelings on social media. "Still hoping to hear her on the radio someday", another posted. Up until a year ago, she wasn't sure that she should pursue her dream of having a career in music. He wrote on Twitter about Poppe, "MY GIRLFRIEND WON AMERICAN IDOL!". With the reality singing show came some very close friends that Maddie says will be lifelong buddies.

Host Ryan Seacrest explained, "Back with you here live on "American Idol". She considers herself blessed and is very grateful for everything and everyone who has come into her life, especially her guy. I love you (heart emoticon)'.

"Before she was my girlfriend, she really has been my best friend since we met", Caleb told PEOPLE, adding, "I'm there for her whenever she's anxious about anything and she's there for me".

Next: This is why they chose to hide their relationship.

"We really wished that this could happen and just that it happened, I'm just so happy, so on top of the world, that I can't even believe this is my life, so it's pretty wonderful", she said.

"There's still talent out there to be discovered", said judge Katy Perry. "I cried and anxious and wondered if this dream would ever pan out for me". "She's the superstar now".

American Idol made its big return to television and it had a pretty interesting finale. Thank you to all of America for believing in me when I didn't even believe in myself. How sweet is that?

American Idol made its triumphant return to primetime earlier this year with an ABC revival that put some new twists on an old favorite.