But the drama didn't exactly end there.
While fans of Hutchinson and Poppe breathed a sigh of relief, fans of Barret took to Twitter to voice their displeasure at the show that axed their artist of choice.
He then dropped the bombshell: "And she actually happens to be my girlfriend".
During the show, Seacrest turned to Poppe and Hutchinson and said that the country has fallen in love with both of them. She posted a lovely message on her Instagram account sharing her thoughts on her win, but the one thing that stood out the most was her message to her boyfriend, Caleb.
Maddie adds, "I just can't even believe, you know I felt like I was kind of an underdog for a while". Don't forget about me. I remember looking at her.
Next: This is what Poppe said the couple hoped for. Since the revival premiered back in March, the judges and the voters have whittled down the thousands of hopefuls until only three remained ahead of the big finale.
She admitted, "I have to tell you guys something". Hutchinson told ET that he didn't want to use their relationship to round up any votes. "It was one of those things where I didn't want it to affect anything, and I didn't want to exploit my feelings for her 'cause they're very, very real".
Next: This is how Hutchinson feels about losing. "I mean, it was honestly, it wasn't as challenging as you might think", he told ET "When I looked over at Maddie, I was like, 'I win either way.' I really do". "Even when I got to Top 24, I was winning".
"There's still talent out there to be discovered", said judge Katy Perry.
The American Idol 2018 finale also had some memorable performances including Lionel Richie and the Top 10 finalists performing his classic hit song "All Night Long" live.
Poppe called the experience incredible.
Poppe made some lifelong friends. "It's just like that's so sweet", said Tammy Waltke trip victor.