'American Idol' Final Two Maddie Poppe and Caleb Hutchinson Talk Secret Romance

'Well, Maddie is my pal and I've known her since the beginning of Hollywood week, ' Caleb told Ryan Seacrest near the end of the show.

As Idol's latest victor, Maddie will receive a recording contract with Hollywood Records and the opportunity to sing at the Hollywood Bowl this week as well as the Radio Disney Music Awards. She mentioned how her life has changed since American Idol came into her life.

Darius Rucker made an appearance on American Idol Monday night to perform "Wagon Wheel". The two finalists surprised everyone when they suddenly announced that they were a couple right before Ryan Seacrest declared the victor.

Poppe and Hutchinson had a very special onstage moment when they announced they had been secretly dating during the season, shocking fans and judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie. 'And she actually happens to be my girlfriend'. Caleb congratulated his love, tweeting, "No one deserved it more than you, babe". I am honored to know you and even more honored to call you mine.

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The couple then performed "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" together and was surprised with a trip to Hawaii. I love you (heart emoticon)'.

Despite all the talent showcased through all 18 episodes this year, intense eliminations during the finale of American Idol 2018, it came down to two finalists: Caleb Lee and Maddie Poppe.

She admitted, "I have to tell you guys something". Caleb noted that their romance started on January 21, the day they met during Hollywood Week. "I cried and anxious and wondered if this dream would ever pan out for me".

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