On the final night of performances, “American Idol” contestants Gabby Barrett, Maddie Poppe, and Caleb Lee Hutchinson sang to win the competition. They each performed three songs: their single, a past performance, and one dedicated to their hometown. Here’s what went down.
- Gabby Barrett started off with her winner’s single “Rivers Deep.” She proved with it that she’s not like the other female country stars, she’s her own singing star in her own right. She later returned to her roots for a rendition of Miranda Lambert’s “Little Red Wagon.” She returned to the song she’d previously performed on stage fully owning the song, but it did it offer anything more than the first time around? She later returned for everyone’s favorite Journey song “Don’t Stop Believin’” and even scored a standing ovation from Steve Perry. It was a risk, but she handled it.
- Caleb Lee Hutchinson first performed single “Johnny Cash Heart.” The sweet song matches Caleb’s sweet persona, but was his performance enough to sell him as a solo artist? He later performed Keith Whitley’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” and used it to his advantage. He was definitely in his comfort zone for this one. He finally performed Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.”
- Maddie Poppe came in hot with her winner’s single “Going, Going, Gone.” Though she seemed just as nervous as the others, she seemed to have the most control in her voice. She then played one of her own songs “Don’t Ever Let Your Children Grow Up.” This is where she seemed most in her element, singing something from her heart. She later returned for a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” and girl killed it.
The votes have been left up to America. The show returns tonight on ABC with the results of the winner of “American Idol.”
Source: Dr. Dave’s Ultimate Prep