'American Idol' Finale: Katy Perry's Pick To Win Season 16

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After the performance, Katy Perry said she was voting for Maddie. WOW! I was at college and kind of struggling, not knowing what to do, kind of settling for something I didn't really want to do, writing songs when I needed to be paying attention in class, you know? Luke Bryan said he seemed tight, and advised him to relax. Barrett also faced harsh criticism after performing her new single, "Rivers Deep".

"Now we all know Caleb should have won". "I think you are a real star but once you leave the nest of American Idol its up to you to get that wingspan girl", she said. However, all three artists had trouble delivering their original songs, and judge Katy Perry was brutally honest with them. While it was a good song, it was arguably the easiest single to sing among the three.

Maddie Poppe closed the show with her hometown dedication of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide". She smiled the whole way through it, and the judges observed that she was the most comfortable of the three. "That was actually your weakest performance I have ever seen", she said.

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For Round 2 of encore performances, Caleb kicked things off with "Don't Close Your Eyes" by Keith Whitley. "The more distinct the voice, the better the chances are".

Gabby then belted out "Little Red Wagon" by Miranda Lambert. She hammed it up, putting her arm on the guitarist's shoulder and beckoning the crowd to yell "WHAT?" back at her. You could tell she was embracing this incredible moment and gave it all she had. It is odd that Gabby speaks with a Southern accent even though she's from Pittsburgh, though.

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A lot of people - including me - questioned the wisdom of the network when it yanked "American Idol" out of moth balls so soon after the iconic singing competition signed off in 2016 after a "farewell" season on Fox. It was pretty great. Steve Perry from Journey was in the audience, which was a fun twist.

"It was the most awesome version I've ever heard", Perry told Barrett. She was so excited. More of the show's cast-offs appeared tonight, to perform classic hits for viewers as well.

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