Madeline Mae "Maddie" Poppe (born December 5, 1997) was a contestant on Season 16 of American Idol.

Audition[edit | edit source]

Maddie auditioned in New York. She sang "Rainbow Connection" by Kermit the Frog. All three judges voted "yes", sending her to the next round.

Hollywood Round[edit | edit source]

Maddie was shown in an unknown Group of Ten singing "Dreams" by Brandi Carlile. She advanced and, although initially untelevised, was shown in a group with Caleb Lee Hutchinson singing "Mama's Broken Heart" by Miranda Lambert. She was later shown in the Solo Round singing an original song called "Don't Ever Let Your Children Grow Up". She advanced and during the Showcase Round, she sang "Me and Bobby McGee" by Roger Miller. Afterwards, during the Final Judgment, it was revealed that she made it to the Top 24.

Top 24[edit | edit source]

Maddie was shown in Group 2. She sang "Brand New Key" by Melanie and "Bubbly" by Colbie Caillat in a duet with Caillat. The judges deemed her good enough to make her a Top 14 finalist.

Top 14[edit | edit source]

Maddie sang "Homeward Bound" by Simon & Garfunkel during the Live Show and "Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles during the Results Show. She was placed in the Top 6 in voting, making her a Top 10 finalist.

Top 10[edit | edit source]

Maddie sang "The Bare Necessities" by Phil Harris from the film The Jungle Book. She received enough votes to become a Top 7 finalist.

Top 7[edit | edit source]

Maddie sang "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinead O'Connor and "If It Makes You Happy" by Sheryl Crow. She received enough votes to become a Top 5 finalist.

Top 5[edit | edit source]

Maddie sang "I Told You So" by Carrie Underwood and "God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys. She received enough votes to compete in the finale.

Season 16 Finale[edit | edit source]

Maddie sang "Going Going Gone", her original song "Don't Let Your Children Grow Up" and "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac. She received more votes than Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Gabby Barrett, making her the American Idol.

Lady Mapo[edit | edit source]


In Season 17, she pranked the judging panel by auditioning in costume as a goth contestant named Lady Mapo, complete with her own contestant number. Once she started to sing however, she took off her costume, revealing that she was in fact Maddie Poppe.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Maddie auditioned for the tenth season of The Voice, but failed to turn any chairs.
  • Maddie was the first female Caucasian winner since Carrie Underwood.
Season 16
Maddie Poppe ·Caleb Lee Hutchinson ·Gabby Barrett ·Cade Foehner ·Michael J. Woodard ·Jurnee ·Catie Turner ·Dennis Lorenzo ·Michelle Sussett ·Ada Vox ·Jonny Brenns ·Marcio Donaldson ·Garrett Jacobs ·Mara Justine
Ron Bultongez ·Amelia Hammer Harris ·Shannon O'Hara ·Effie Passero ·Alyssa Raghu ·Brandon Diaz ·Dominique ·Kay Kay ·Trevor McBane ·Layla Spring
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