On Monday night, Maddie Poppewon the American Idol crown, but even before Ryan Seacrest announced it, she knew she'd won...because she literally saw her name written on the card in Ryan's hand.
"Every week...I [could] see the card, but I [didn't] ever look," she tells ABC Radio. "But this week...I knew I was gonna be able to see whose name it was. And I looked over at Caleb [Lee Hutchinson] and I couldn't help but look down at the card, and I was like, 'Ohmigosh! It's my name!'"
Maddie says if you watch the moment back, "you can see, Caleb winks at me, and he kinda looks at me and in that moment, I knew that we both had seen the card."
Caleb didn't mind losing to Maddie, though, because as we now know, they've been a couple since January. While Caleb says it was love at first sight for him, it took a bit longer for Maddie to come around.
"I was not looking for a relationship...I've just been burned a lot," she tells ABC Radio. "But he captured my heart pretty quickly. I mean, his personality just shines, and he makes me laugh more than anybody else in the whole world, so it didn't take long!"
So how did Maddie, who described herself as an "underdog," end up winning? Well, in classic Idol fashion, she stayed true to herself. In fact, she was surprised that the show's producers "truly let me be exactly who I wanted to be."
Maddie believes having judge Katy Perry on her side didn't hurt either.
"Early on, she was saying, 'Oh, this girl reminds me of myself,' and was tweeting super-nice things," Maddie recalls. "To have her support...to have her say that to the world...was pretty awesome."
Sophie Muller / Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records"Meant to Be," Bebe Rexha's collaboration with Florida Georgia Line, isn't just a catchy pop hit: It's also the second-longest-running #1 hit in the history of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Bebe thinks the unexpected duet has become so popular because it's "honest."
"I think Florida Georgia Line was honest with their sound and I was just honest with who I was," Bebe tells ABC Radio. "I wasn't trying to sing in a country accent...we're just, like, doing what we do, and we were real, and I think it just happened so naturally. And I think people can really sense that."
As for the song's success on the country chart, Bebe says, "It's just unexpected and incredible...that's just life. [I'm] just learning that life is just full of surprises and you just never know what's gonna happen!"
While Bebe had never actually heard of Florida Georgia Line before they wrote "Meant to Be," she's now become very familiar with the rest of the biggest names in country music.
"I went to the [Academy of Country Music Awards], and it was so incredible, the love, and they accepted me," she gushes. "I thought it was so awesome, and met so many cool artists."
So does that mean she plans to continue working in the country field?
"Definitely, for sure," for sure. "Not country music as my genre, but [I] will for sure collaborate with some more country artists."
Bebe's debut album Expectations, which features "Meant to Be," comes out next month.
Tyler Golden/NBCKelly Clarkson notched a victory in her very first season as a coach on The Voice, as her artist Brynn Cartelli was crowned the season 14 winner -- the youngest in Voice history. She receives a recording contract as her grand prize.
Cartelli, a 15-year-old pop singer from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, finished ahead of runner-up, 18-year-old Britton Buchanan of Team Alicia Keys -- who just missed winning her second straight title.
R&B powerhouse Kyla Jade and country/soul singer Spensha Baker, from Blake Shelton’s team, finished in third place and fourth place, respectively.
All of Team Adam Levine's members were eliminated prior to the finale.
During the two-hour results show, each finalist performed with a special guest. Cartelli joined Julia Michaels to perform a medley of the latter's singles "Issues" and "Jump"; Baker teamed up with Kane Brown for Brown's “What If”; Buchanan joined Ryan Adams for a rendition of Adams' “To Be Without You”; and Jade reunited with season 13 coach Jennifer Hudson -- for whom Kyla was once a backup singer -- for "I Know Where I've Been," from Hairspray.
The musical lineup also included Dua Lipa performing her latest single, “IDGAF”; James Bay teaming up with Alicia Keys on “Us”; Florence the Machine performing their latest single "Hunger"; Halseyand Big Sean teaming up for their single “Alone”; and Jason Aldean performing “Drowns the Whiskey.”
The Voice will be back with a new season in the fall on NBC, with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and returning coach Jennifer Hudson.
Markus PritziDua Lipa's a big sensation here in the U.S., but back home in the U.K., she's a newly-minted superstar. In fact, British bookies have reportedly named her as one of the favorites to record the theme song to the next James Bond movie. But Dua herself claims to have no knowledge of whether or not she's actually going to do it.
Asked by Billboard if there's any truth to the rumors that she's got the inside track to do the Bond theme, Dua said, "I don't know....I would love to do it but I'm not recording it so far. I don't know. I don't wanna jinx it!"
The last two Bond themes -- for 2012's Skyfall and 2015's Spectre -- were sung by Adele and Sam Smith, respectively, and both won Oscars for their work. Both also continually denied that they had been tapped for the job, even after they'd landed the gig...so stay tuned.
The next James Bond movie, which is being referred to as Bond 25, will arrive in November of 2019. Daniel Craig will again portray 007, while Danny Boyle will direct the film.
ABCIf your favorite didn't win American Idol, you can still see him or her perform on national TV.
On Tuesday's Live with Kelly and Ryan, Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest announced a new initiative called Live’s American Idol Encore, which will allow viewers to choose which top seven American Idol contestant will get to perform on the show.
You have until today until Friday, May 25 at 10 a.m. ET to log onto KellyandRyan.com and choose Gabby Barrett, Cade Foehner, Jurnee, Catie Turner or Michael J. Woodard.
The contestant who garners the most support in the poll will get to travel to New York City on Tuesday, May 29 and sing live on Live with Kelly and Ryan.
ABC/Randy Holmes“Anywhere” is here. Nick Jonas and Mustard have released the video for their new collab.
The clip features a couple going through various stages of their relationship, from good times to bad. Ultimately, it shows them parting way despite all the love they shared. Between shots of the couple, Nick and Mustard stand in a field in front of a screen on which a colorful light show plays.
Nick tells Billboard that collaborating with Mustard was “amazing.”
"I think it’s exciting to step into this EDM side of things, and to have this collaboration as a first step out this year,” he says. “I want to make music that people want to have a good time to.”
Nick adds that he’s not in any rush to release a whole album, but will continue to release singles for the time being.
"I’m not really in a spot where I’m feeling pressured to release something," Nick says. "The amazing part about 2018 is that you can be more creative with your releases. When you’re inspired, you can release something, and there’s new and exciting ways to get the music out there.”
He continues, “My priority is going to be just trying to stay creative, and when the time is right, release that music."
ABC/Image Group LATime to get nosy with Kelly Clarkson. In honor of the upcoming Red Nose Day, she participated in a Q&A all about -- noses.
In the two-minute clip, the singer reveals her favorite nose is Barbra Streisand’s, her favorite smell is vanilla because “I love desserts,” and her least favorite smell is dog poop.
Kelly also tells the story of the worst thing that’s ever happened to her schnozz. The day before her first school picture, she fell off a trampoline into a pile of fire ants and bruised and scratched her nose.
As for whom she’d least want to touch noses with, that would be her frenemy on The Voice, Blake Shelton. The reason? “Because he’s a giant! And I would need a ladder or he would need to be on his knees.”
Kelly will participate in NBC’s fourth annual Red Nose Day broadcast Thursday, May 24 at 10 p.m. ET. Red noses will be on sale at Walgreens for $1 leading up to the day, to raise money to end child poverty.
Sean ErikssonWhile many of Avicii's friends and colleagues publicly shouted out the late EDM superstar at the Billboard Awards on Monday, his official goodbye will not take place in front of cameras.
In a statement to ABC News, Avicii's family says that the DJ, born Tim Bergling, will be laid to rest in a private funeral. A statement from the family reads, "The Bergling family has now confirmed that the funeral will be private, in the presence of the people who were closest to Tim. They kindly ask media to respect this. There is no additional information forthcoming."
Avicii was found dead in a hotel room in the Middle Eastern country of Oman on April 20. In a statement, his family seemed to suggest that he took his own life, though they never explicitly confirmed that. Authorities also ruled out foul play.
"Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions," the family said in their statement at the time. "When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most -- music... He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace."
Avicii stopped touring in 2016 due to his poor health, including pancreatitis and gall bladder and pancreas surgery.
Raymond Hall/GC ImagesIf your kids appeared in the movie that was currently #1 at the box office, you'd be proud, right? That's why Taylor Swift is pretty excited right now.
In the movie Deadpool 2, star Ryan Reynolds, a good friend of Taylor's, sports a shirt featuring a picture of Taylor's two cats, Meredith and Olivia. The t-shirt says "Olivia & Meredith...best friends purrrr-ever."
Taylor posted a still from the movie on her Instagram story and wrote, "I'm so proud of my fuzzy daughters! Thanks @VanCityReynolds!"
Taylor also posted a video captioned "Telling Mer the news," in which she tells her cat, "In Deadpool 2, they put you and your sister on a shirt in the movie." Meredith purrs loudly, which Taylor says means "she's really happy." She captioned the video, "The purring is really next level. MEREDITH LOVES A CAMEO."
Then we see Olivia and hear Taylor saying, "How do you feel about the shirt? The world is dying to know!" When Olivia gives no response, Taylor asks, "No comment?" The cat then walks out of the frame. Taylor captioned that video "She's very private."
The nod to Taylor's cats may be a thank-you from Reynolds, after Taylor featured James, his baby daughter with wife Blake Lively, on her album Reputation. You can hear her in the intro to the song "Gorgeous."
ABC/Randy HolmesIt looks like Ariana Grande has moved on after ending her two-year relationship with rapper Mac Miller earlier this month.
The "No More Tears" singer is "casually dating" Saturday Night Live castmember Pete Davidson, a source tells Us Weekly.
The insider seems to confirm a story first reported by Bossip on Friday, telling Us that Ariana was spotted at the SNL after-party a week ago "hanging out with Pete and his mom."
"Ariana is very happy," the source continued.
Grande, 24, shared the news of her breakup with Miller -- who was born Malcom McCormick -- on her Instagram Story earlier this month, according to the entertainment magazine, writing, "I respect and adore him endlessly and am grateful to have him in my life in any form, at all times regardless of how our relationship changes or what the universe holds for each of us!"
She added, "Unconditional love is not selfish. It is wanting the best for that person even if at the moment, it’s not you."
Meanwhile, Davidson, also 24, recently ended his two-year relationship with Larry David's daughter Cazzie.
ABC/Randy HolmesIt was one year ago today that 23 people were killed and 139 injured when a suicide bomber set off an explosive device outside of Manchester Arena in the U.K. following a concert there by Ariana Grande, who noted the occasion Tuesday with a message of love and support.
"Thinking of you all today and every day," Ariana tweeted. "I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day."
There's also a national minute of silence scheduled for today at 1:30 p.m. U.K. time, 8:30 a.m. ET, to remember the victims.
Ariana of course has remained involved in the follow-up to the bombing. She helped organize the massive One Love Manchester benefit concert June 4, at which she also performed along with Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Pharrell, MileyCyrus and others. The benefit was broadcast globally and raised over ten million pounds in 24 hours -- about $13.3 million -- for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham also tweeted in observance of the sober anniversary: "Today we come together, we remember each of the 22 people whose lives were taken & we re-commit to supporting their families & all affected."
ABC/Randy HolmesIf you ever wondered what happened to William Hung, Sanjaya Malakar and a number of other onetime American Idol contestants, Jimmy Kimmel wondered the same thing.
On Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night -- in celebration of the season finale of American Idol earlier in the evening -- the late-night talk show host rented out a studio for several noteworthy former Idolcontestants to record a "We Are the World"-type song called "Where Are We Now."
In the song, Hung informed us that, "I speak to corporations inspirationally / And, ladies, now I'm single, so Snapchat me." Meanwhile, Sanjaya revealed, "I work at a bar mixing signature cocktails / I also do construction on the side."
Also appearing was Kevin "Chicken Little" Covais, who sang, "I'm Chicken Little, I had a part in Transformers 4 / I'm also a notary public right here in L.A."
Among others, the song also featured former Idol champions Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks, who wondered what they were doing there among a number of American Idol rejects.
ABCJimmy Kimmel is no stranger to a good laugh, and he got a great one when Miley Cyrus barged into his bedroom one night, waking him up and singing "Wrecking Ball."
This isn't the first superstar to wake Kimmel from his slumber. Rihanna and Britney Spears both pulled the same prank when they colluded with Kimmel's wife Molly McNearney.
The latest prank premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night and showed Cyrus and a "wrecking team" sneaking into his house with a costumed-wrecking ball and a sledge hammer.
In the clip, Miley proceeds to blast her hit single and jump on Kimmel's bed as he tries to sleep. Cyrus even dumps fake rubble on him as if it's a real construction site.
The singer also told him to lick the sledge hammer just like she does in the iconic moment in her music video. But, Kimmel complained her hammer hit him "right in the balls," to which she replied, "It is called wrecking balls."
After the prank debuted, Kimmel took Twitter to write, "A trespasser named @MileyCyrus breaks into my house in the middle of the night."
The video closes with a groggy Kimmel saying through his mouth guard: "Thanks for stopping by. Good night," as if he's signing off from his late-night show.
Michael FurlongerWhether it’s friendzoning a guy in the song “Friends” or reminiscing about a childhood love in “2002,” Anne-Marie’s songs are always based on her own life.
In “Friends,” her hit collab with DJ-producer Marshmello, she draws upon a real-life experience to let a guy down not-so-gently.
“Every song of mine is a real experience that I’ve been through, so it’s very personal but I just thought a lot of people could relate to this,” she tells ABC Radio. “And either you’re being friendzoned or you’re friendzoning someone!”
Anne-Marie’s other new song off her debut album, Speak Your Mind, a nostalgic ode to the early aughts called “2002,” also incorporated details from her own life -- from the music she used to listen to, right down to the exact age she was that year: 11.
The lyrics in the song, co-written by Ed Sheeran, detail an idealistic first love.
“When you’re 11 I feel like those kind of years you feel like you fall in love with everyone and you’re like, ‘This is real love! I actually do love them!’” she says. “But it’s actually just young, puppy love. It’s just a cute age.”
Anne-Marie is currently opening for Ed Sheeran on his European Divide tour.
ABC/Mitch HaasethAmerican Idol’s two-part finale concluded on Monday with the top three finalists learning that Maddie Poppe is the newest “American Idol.”
Caleb Lee Hutchinson came in second, with Gabby Barrett finishing third.
Poppe receives a recording contract with Hollywood Records, as well as an opportunity to perform at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, and at the Radio Disney Awards.
The evening also included performances from judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, as well as the top 10 finalists returning for performances with music superstars.
Here are Tuesday’s highlights:
The show opened with the top 10 finalists joining Richie for a version of his signature hit "All Night Long"
Nick Jonas and Mustard teamed up for their new single, "Anywhere." Afterwards, top 10 finalist Jurneejoined Nick for his hit “Jealous.”
After Bryan debuted his new single, "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset," he introduced Barrett, who joined him for a duet on "Most People Are Good," the second single from Bryan’s latest album, What Makes You Country.
Next, top 10 finalist Cade Foehner jammed with Gary Clark, Jr. and eliminated Idol contestant Dennis Lorenzo on Clark’s "Bright Lights."
Then, in one of the night's most unusual pairings, Poppe delivered an encore performance of the song she auditioned with -- "Rainbow Connection," from The Muppet Movie. This time, she was joined by Kermit the Frog.
Hutchinson got to sing alongside one of his idols, Darius Rucker, on Rucker’s hit "Wagon Wheel."
Late night host Jimmy Kimmel popped in to reveal the contents of an American Idol time capsule “buried in host Ryan Seacrest’s zucchini garden,” which contained alleged items from the show’s past, including a tiny V-neck tee shirt worn by Simon Cowell -- complete with built-in nipples; Seacrest’s frosted hair tips from season 1; a collection of Steven Tyler’s scarves, the tips from Adam Lambert’s fingerless gloves; Sanjaya’s hair – followed by Sanyaya himself. The Jimmy Kimmel Live! host joked that Clay Aiken was also supposed to be in the capsule, but Sanjaya admitted that he was hungry after all that time and “ate him.”
Next, Barrett, Lee and Poppe joined Bebe Rexha for her hit "Meant to Be."
Top 24 contestant Layla Spring, 16, and her 7-year-old sister Dyxie – who charmed the judges during the auditions -- returned to sing "Blue," by LeAnn Rimes, who made a surprise appearance to sing with the girls.
Katy Perry made good on a promise she made to top 10 finalist Catie Turner earlier in the competition to “personally sing” with her. They joined forces on Perry’s 2012 hit "Part of Me."
Yolanda Adams and Michael J. Woodard, backed by a choir, performed Jackie DeShannon’s "What the World Needs Now."
Caleb and Maddie – who revealed they are currently dating – dueted on a mash-up of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World.” Afterwards, Seacrest presented the couple with a trip to Hawaii.
Finally, top 10 finalists Ada Vox and Michelle Sussett joined Patti LaBelle for her classic "Lady Marmalade."
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images via ABCK-pop boy band BTS performed their new song “Fake Love” on the Billboard Music Awards last night to deafening cheers from fans in the crowd. Now, the video for the song is breaking records on YouTube.
According to YouTube, the video racked up 35.9 million views in one day, making it the biggest 24-hour video debut of 2018. The video dropped on May 18 and received a whopping 4.8 million views in just its first hour.
The video also set a new record for most likes on YouTube in a single day, garnering 3.9 million likes on May 18.
“Fake Love” is now the third biggest 24-hour music video debut of all time, behind Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do,” which notched 43.2 million views in its first day, and PSY’s “Gentleman,” which received 36 million views.
Mert & MarcusFresh off her Billboard Music Award wins last night, Taylor Swift has extended her record for the most Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hits among female artists.
Her song “Delicate” rose from number 46 to number 36 on the Hot 100, becoming her 56th Top 40 song. She increases her lead even further from the runner-up among women: Rihanna, who has 50 Top 40 Hot 100 entries. Madonna comes in third with 49.
Elvis Presley holds the record overall, with 80 Top 40 hits.
“Delicate” is the sixth top 40 hit from Taylor’s Reputation album, following “Look What You Made Me Do,” “…Ready For It?,” “Gorgeous,” “Call It What You Want” and “End Game.”
Sunday night, Taylor won the Billboard Music Award for Top Female Artist and Top Selling Album for Reputation.
ABC/Tyler GoldenJohn Legend and Chrissy Teigen have named their new baby after another music legend.
The singer and supermodel revealed that the name of their second child is Miles Theodore Stephens and posted photos on social media.
"Miles of course is the same name as the great Miles Davis and Chrissy really liked the name Theodore, so we put it all together and had Miles Theodore Stephens," Legend tells Eonline.com. "When he came out and we hung out with him for a little while, we were like, 'He looks like a Miles.'" Their son was born on May 16.
"We're so excited to have him in the family now," he added. "It's nice to have our little family of four now."
Teigen posted a photo of baby Miles on Instagram and commented, “Hello, world! This is Miles Theodore Stephens -- We are drowning in his little peeps and nuzzles. Our household feels overwhelmed with love. Thank you for all your well wishes!”
The couple's first child, daughter Luna Simone Stephens, was named after legendary singer and activist Nina Simone.
When Legend performed Sunday night on the Billboard Music Awards, Teigen poked fun at people who criticized the couple for leaving the house after welcoming their new baby.
"Wow didn't u just have a baby John smh go take care of it !!!!!! disgusting," Chrissy tweeted, along with a photo of hubby being interviewed on television.
Tyler Golden/NBCJulia Michaels will lend her voice to The Voice for the show’s season finale Tuesday.
The singer, who served as a Battle Advisor to Adam Levine's team earlier this season, will perform with Kelly Clarkson’s contestant, Brynn Cartelli. They’ll sing a medley of Julia’s hit, “Issues,” and her new single “Jump,” featuring Triple Redd.
Brynn will also perform her original single, “Walk My Way,” which Julia co-wrote.
Meanwhile Jennifer Hudson, who’ll return as a coach next season, will perform “I Know Where I’ve Been” with Team Blake Shelton contestant Kyla Jade -- who happens to be Hudson's former back-up singer.
The Voice finale will also feature previously announced performers including James Bay, Halsey featuring Big Sean, and Dua Lipa.
The top four finalists will compete Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC and the winner will be revealed on the two-hour live season finale on Tuesday, starting at 9 p.m. ET.