It's the final countdown, y'all! The American Idol top three finalists have finally been revealed and TBH, we're freaking out! Considering Maddie Poppe, Caleb Hutchinson, and Gabby Barrett are beyond talented — we have no idea how to predict who is going to win American Idol 2018. That said, there's no harm in making an educated guess, right? So, in the spirit of that, let's go ahead and break down who is slated to win America's favorite musical competition show.
Taking it to Twitter, a lot of fans are still upset that Cade Foehner and Michael J. Woodard were sent home on May 13. So much so, that they want nothing to do with the current finalists. "Ok so Caleb stands in the middle of the stage holding a mic & singing basic country songs week after week & is top 3…but Michael has switched between like 4 genres & nailed all of them & has amazing performances but just got sent home???" one disgruntled viewer wrote.
Another suspected that voters may have indulged in a bit too much booze. "WTF Maddie really. How much wine did America have tonight? Cade or Michael should of been in top 3 instead." Despite the backlash, we were able to weed through the negative comments and find some positivity about the final three — making it clear that there is one obvious fan favorite: Maddie Poppe!
Maddie Poppe is the American Idol! This girl deserves to win. Never had a bad performance and this one was no different. Just wunnerful!! #AmericanIdol
— Voo Duuu-Vol🐆🍊 (@DollyVol) May 14, 2018
The country community is going to split their votes between Caleb and Gabby therefore Maddie Poppe is the automatic winner of the season here we go #americanidol
— emma (@EmmaAlaina) May 14, 2018
if Maddie Poppe goes home we riot #AmericanIdol
— cantaloupe (@iamtrashIey) May 14, 2018
Better yet, both American Idol judge, Luke Bryan, and former contestant, Catie Turner, gushed over the 21-year-old's poise, growth, and pure talent throughout the entire competition. What makes Maddie's story so compelling, not only to those on the show, but to viewers, is that the Iowa native never gave up on her dreams.
— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) May 14, 2018
— catie turner (@hashtagcatie) May 14, 2018
Back in 2015, Maddie auditioned for The Voice where she quickly learned that the road to fame isn't always paved with gold. During her performance of "Dog Days are Over" by Florence and the Machine, none of the judges turned their chairs during her blind audition.
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 told local newspaper The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.
Of course, the only way to ensure Maddie ends up on top is to vote, vote, and vote some more! Be sure to tune into the American Idol part one finale May 20 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.