American Idol came to a close last night as it crowned a winner of one of the most dramatic, controversial seasons in Idol history. The two-hour finale was filled with performances from the judges, former contestants, and the three remaining in the competition: Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Maddie Poppe, and Gabby Barrett.
The drama didn't stop with the finale, though. Following the last episode of the ABC reboot, fans immediately took to social media to share their opinions about the last three contestants-and people had a lot to say.
Before Ryan Seacrest announced the first elimination of the night, he named Hutchinson as safe. Then, the host informed Barrett that her journey on Idol was over-and fans were devastated.
SHUT UP RIGHT NOW. Gabby should have WON American Idol. There’s no way she should be in third place. I’m honestly pissed. What even just happened?#AmericanIdolFinale- Kesley Fleming (@BravesKesley) May 22, 2018
HOW DID GABBY BARRET NOT MAKE TOP 2 SHE SHOULD HAVE WON 😑 #AmericanIdolFinale- Ellie Binner (@elliebinner) May 22, 2018
Gabby is a superstar. Someone is going to sign her. #AmericanIdolFinale- KD (@kelldebolt) May 22, 2018
In the wake of that sad news for Barrett, remaining contestants Hutchinson and Poppe shared something positive: they're dating! Still, fans put the couple's romantic involvement aside and held fast to their allegiances.
After Seacrest named Poppe as ABC's first American Idol, angry fans took to Twitter once again. Many complained that the show is "rigged," citing the final two contestants' relationship as evidence. Others were divided over which half of the couple should have won.
Honestly... before this episode began, I was completely okay with Maddie Poppe winning. But now? Now it's just ruined because it was very obviously staged with her and Caleb #AmericanIdol- Jess Muir (@Jessmuir0407) May 22, 2018
American Idol is rigged- Ryan (@TownsendRyan4) May 22, 2018
@AmericanIdol- Crystal C (@SpanishRose47) May 22, 2018
Now we all know Caleb should have won.. I'm so disappointed in America's vote.
If Maddie wins American idol I’m gonna be beyond mad. #AmericanIdolFinale- Jennifer Hewitt (@jclemnts14) May 22, 2018
Regardless of who you voted for, there can only be one winner. Congratulations, Maddie!
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