When one door closes, another opens! Maddie Poppe always dreamed of becoming a singer, and she thought she was getting her big break when she got the chance to audition for The Voice back in 2015 — but her dreams were quickly crushed when none of the judges turned their chairs to her during the blind auditions on the singing competition series. But now, after winning the American Idol reboot, Maddie proved the judges on the NBC show wrong.
The 20-year-old reflected on her failed audition for The Voice, and she revealed that she was not allowed to choose her audition song. Maddie, who was 17 years old at the time, was given the song "Dog Days are Over" by Florence and the Machine — and it ultimately was the reason why none of the four judges turned their chairs for her.
"I was a terrible singer at that song — it was not good," Maddie told local newspaper The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. "I’m not making excuses, I just wasn’t ready." She admitted that she was really upset after her failed audition on The Voice and she felt that she missed her shot at becoming a singer, but now she knows that it happened for a reason. "I’ve changed so much in three years that I’m glad it didn’t work out (on The Voice)," she said.
Now, nearly three years later, Maddie is the new American Idol! All of her performances have been beyond memorable. In fact, a few weeks back, she wowed the judges (and audience alike) with her duet with Colbie Caillat to sing Colbie's 2007 hit song "Bubbly" — and Maddie took to Instagram to gush over how grateful she was to Colbie for helping her with their performance.
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When I found out I was singing w @colbiecaillat it was like THE BEST news ever. She is one of the REALEST, most down to earth women I’ve ever met. She’s so incredibly genuine and has such a kind heart. She truly cared about me and did everything she possibly could to make me feel comfortable on stage. She’s got such a calming presence that made me feel at home while performing with her. I cannot say enough good things about this lady. She’s part of the reason I made it to the top 14, and I couldn’t have dreamed of a better artist to duet with. She is an absolute dream and is the true definition of a STAR. • Thank you for all the support & for 30k followers, this experience has changed my life in a million different amazing ways. It’s been so cool to watch my dream come alive right before my eyes, and it’s been even cooler to share it with you all. #americanidol
"She truly cared about me and did everything she possibly could to make me feel comfortable on stage," Maddie wrote. "She’s got such a calming presence that made me feel at home while performing with her. I cannot say enough good things about this lady. She’s part of the reason I made it to the Top 14, and I couldn’t have dreamed of a better artist to duet with." Congrats!