Bones was open about disagreeing with the judges, "So a couple things, one, I think in [the judges] mind, they were already going, 'This is a new song, they're probably not gonna be that good.' So listen it wasn't the best, but to say it was a disaster, come on".
Poppe burst into tears when host Ryan Seacrest announced her name. Maddie Poppe, Gabby Barrett and Caleb Lee Hutchinson went to head to head in the most recent episode.They had to perform three songs each: one of their single, one song from a past performance and one dedicated to their hometown. Even knowing how hard this week was, Katy Perry still wasn't impressed. In entering Monday's grand finale, the finalists and previously eliminated contestants took to the stage to perform songs alongside all-stars, such as Nick Jonas and Patti LaBelle.
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Gabby then belted out "Little Red Wagon" by Miranda Lambert.
Maddie later sang her memorable original song, "Don't Ever Let Your Children Grow Up".
As for his own favorites, the show host stayed neutral to Billboard, revealing that he believed Gabby, Maddie, and Caleb all brought their own unique spin to performing and that all had a fair shot at winning the season. The single allowed her to not only showcase her singing abilities, but her songwriting as well. "Make smart choices and know that your voice matters and speak up if you feel uncomfortable, speak up if it doesn't resonate with you".More news: Dead in Crash, Recorder Found
"The first round I thought was a disaster and the second, I think they got their confidence back. Wake up!" Katy said before Round 3 commenced.
Caleb sang "Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash for Dallas, GA, and he received a standing ovation from the judging panel.
Despite her general lack of enthusiasm over the first half of the night, Perry did admit that the original song challenge was a hard one. It was a fun, buoyant performance. She also got all three judges up on their feet.More news: Marc Leishman stays out in front after 66
"Katy Perry, I think, influenced this a lot", Poppe told ET's Lauren Zima following her win. In fact, following her final performance of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide", Perry immediately took to her phone, saying simply, "I'm voting for you".