The finale of season 16 of American Idol took place on May 20th and May 21st, 2018. It featured Gabby Barrett, Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Maddie Poppe vying for the title of the American Idol.

Maddie Poppe was declared the winner.

Contestants' Performances[edit | edit source]

Caleb Lee Hutchinson "Johnny Cash Heart" (Caleb Lee Hutchinson) Runner-up
Gabby Barrett "Rivers Deep" (Gabby Barrett) 3rd Place
Maddie Poppe "Going Going Gone" (Maddie Poppe) Winner
Caleb Lee Hutchinson "Don't Close Your Eyes" (Keith Whitley) Runner-up
Gabby Barrett "Little Red Wagon" (Miranda Lambert) 3rd Place
Maddie Poppe "Don't Ever Let Your Children Grow Up" (Maddie Poppe) Winner
Caleb Lee Hutchinson "Folsom Prison Blues" (Johnny Cash) Runner-up
Gabby Barrett "Don't Stop Believin'" (Journey) 3rd Place
Maddie Poppe "Landslide" (Fleetwood Mac) Winner

Non-Voting Contestants' Performances[edit | edit source]

Four previous contestants this year performed original songs during the performance telecast.

Harper Grace "Yard Sale" (Harper Grace)
Jonny Brenns "Blue Jeans" (Jonny Brenns)
Michelle Sussett "I'm a Dreamer" (Michelle Sussett)
Catie Turner "21st Century Machine" (Catie Turner)

Guest Appearances[edit | edit source]

Lionel Richie and the Top 10 (Gabby Barrett, Cade Foehner, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Jurnee, Dennis Lorenzo, Maddie Poppe, Michelle Sussett, Catie Turner, Ada Vox, Michael J. Woodard) "All Night Long (All Night)" (Lionel Richie)
Nick Jonas and DJ Mustard "Anywhere" (DJ Mustard and Nick Jonas)
Nick Jonas and Jurnee "Jealous" (Nick Jonas)
Luke Bryan "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset" (Luke Bryan)
Luke Bryan and Gabby Barrett "Most People Are Good" (Luke Bryan)
Gary Clark Jr., Cade Foehner and Dennis Lorenzo "Bright Lights" (Gary Clark Jr.)
Kermit the Frog and Maddie Poppe "Rainbow the Connection" (Kermit the Frog)
Darius Rucker and Caleb Lee Hutchinson "Wagon Wheel" (Darius Rucker)
Bebe Rexha, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Maddie Poppe and Gabby Barrett "Meant to Be" (Bebe Rexha, ft. Florida Georgia Line)
Layla Spring, Dyxie and LeAnn Rimes "Blue" (LeAnn Rimes)
Katy Perry and Catie Turner "Part of Me" (Katy Perry)
Yolanda Adams and Michael J. Woodard "What the World Needs Now is Love" (Jackie DeShannon)
Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Maddie Poppe "Over the Rainbow" (Israel Kamakawiwoʻole)/"What a Wonderful World" (Louis Armstrong) medley
Patti LaBelle and Ada Vox "Lady Marmalade" (Patti LaBelle)

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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