Katy Perry Calls Performances by Three 'American Idol' Contestants "A Disaster"

Katy Perry Calls Performances by Three 'American Idol' Contestants

And that was before the win.

The Monday, May 21 episode would see one of the three finalists, Gabby Barrett, Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Maddie Poppe, being crowned champion. With her win, Poppe, the latest "American Idol" receives a recording contract with Hollywood Records and $250,000.

Last night the trio of finalists put forth their last performances for the American Idol judges and armchair judges at home.

Finalist Maddie Poppe teaming up with Kermit the Frog for the "Muppet Movie" anthem "Rainbow Connection". She finished off the finale by performing her "coronation" song "Going Going Gone". The entire audience, including judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, cheered, as everyone was pleasantly surprised by their secret romance.

Hutchinson got to sing alongside one of his idols, Darius Rucker, on Rucker's hit "Wagon Wheel".

Cade Foehner and Dennis Lorenzo delivered an equally stunning performance as they shared the stage with Grammy victor Gary Clark Jr. Top 7 mentor Nick Jonas will sing "Jealous" with Jurnee who was eliminated on that show. Caleb was named the first singer to be advancing, leaving Gabby and Maddie in jeopardy.

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Following the performance, Ryan Seacrest revealed that the show was sending the love birds on a trip to Hawaii together, but, of course, their parents would come to supervise them. Now, it's Katy Perry and Catie Turner's turn to deliver an epic performance.

Their performance was followed up by Michael J. Woodard, who joined gospel great Yolanda Adams for an inspirational rendition of "What the World Needs Now".

In a major twist of fate, the top two artists, Poppe and Hutchinson revealed on tonight's finale that they are dating.

Taking the mood to a new level, cast-off Ada Vox then took the stage with a huge wig and train for a sensational performance of "Lady Marmalade".

The show has since struggled to recapture some of the popularity it enjoyed at the peak of its original run, but ABC has already picked up another season of "Idol" with all three judges and host Ryan Seacrest signed on to return.

But who won? After the two-hour special, Maddie was named the victor!

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