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Clarksville's Maddie Poppe makes it to 'American Idol' finals

Clarksville's Maddie Poppe makes it to 'American Idol' finals

American Idol returned to its roots Sunday with a tribute both to moms and Season 4 victor Carrie Underwood. Starting off, who made it into the Top 5?

Later, Barrett returned with her Mother's Day song, "I Have Nothing", by Whitney Houston.

Tissues were mandatory, and the last moments were wrenching, if not colorful. Carrie was also serving as mentor to the contestants on this night, giving advice about her journey following the show. To that end, host Ryan Seacrest's Mom helped open the show! He was as "in-your-face" and high-energy as ever, moving everywhere on stage. Lionel said it was "daring" and she accomplished the impossible, and Katy admitted she was blown away because she didn't even think Gabby had that kind of power, control and range inside of her. Katy admitted there is no one like Michael "in this competition, in the music industry or on this planet" and he's such a unique artist, which will make him a star. Luke Bryan simply said that Woodard delivered.

Contestant Gabby Barrett took on "Last Name" by blistering through the performance with a sense of fun. Maddie Poppe - "I Told You So" by Carrie Underwood Carrie tells Maddie her voice is hypnotic, but she's second-guessing herself too much and over-analyzing the song.

"That made me feel pretty", the "Good Girl" singer said, then continued sharing Isaiah's sweet words to her.

"It's like Carrie Underwood reincarnated", Bryan said after Barrett owned the stage with a powerhouse performance of the song. Someone must have also told him to show more of his chest, too, to the delight of many along front rows. Richie praised Cade's continued growth, confidence and authenticity.

Cade Foehner put his spin on Underwood's "Undo It".

Caleb Lee Hutchinson stepped up to the plate choosing Carrie's "So Small" and received some honest feedback from the judges. The country crooner came across as purely genuine with each verse, and more and more, his nerves are subsiding.

Folksy Maddie Poppe proposed that she was a Carrie Underwood fan from an early age, and she didn't even know that her selection, "I Told You So" was originally a Randy Travis song.

Richie said that Poppe had her own wheelhouse. I guess all you have to do is be a white guy with a guitar (no, I'm not making this about race, WGWG is an old term dating back to VoteForTheWorst.com days) and sing country music and you're golden with American Idol voters.

Carrie also opened up about her son's sweet side in another recent interview, where she revealed that he made her feel handsome and asked her not to put any makeup on while she was getting ready to attend an event because he thought that she was handsome the way she was.

Keep scrolling to see who will be performing in the season finale and who has a chance to become the next American Idol.


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