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Two BIG things happened in this finale that no one saw coming.

The first big one, is that fan favorite, Gabby Barrett was eliminated before the last 30 minutes of the show even began. I’ll admit, even as I type this, the Twitter poll I put up has YOU choosing her to win it all – who knew?!

 

Then as we got it down to our Top 2: Caleb and Maddie, Ryan Seacrest drops the bomb shell – the two are a couple!

But, lets face it…as cute of a couple as they may be, only one of them can be crowned THE American Idol. So, as Seacrest drags on everything a little more and more and more…

Your American Idol 2018 is…Maddie Poppe!

 

Yes, the Kermit the frog girl.

Kermit the Frog and Maddie Poppe Perform "Rainbow Connection" - Finale - American Idol 2018 on ABC

Kermit the Frog and Maddie Poppe perform "Rainbow Connection" during the American Idol Finale in front of a live audience and Judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie on American Idol 2018.