Maddie Poppe and Caleb Lee Hutchinson’s Duet on “You’ve Got a Friend” Is Pure Sweetness


“American Idol” brought them together and changed their lives. Maddie Poppe took home the win on season 16 of the reality show and Caleb Lee Hutchinson finishes second. That was the night that Caleb revealed he and Maddie were boyfriend and girlfriend.

Right then and there, “American Idol” fans fell in love with the 19 and 20-year-olds. Now there’s even more to love as the two lovebirds hit the road on the “American Idol Live tour with their fellow contestants.

Prior to the tour’s kick off, Maddie told Ryan Seacrest that she and Caleb were working on a duet for the tour. That duet is James Taylor’s “You’ve Got a Friend.” A concertgoer caught the sweet duet in action.

Three quarters of the way through the song, Caleb changed the words to “and I’ll be there, I sure will Maddie. You’ve got a friend.” The crowd burst into an audible, “Awww.” And Caleb apologized for messing up.

“Sorry I messed up, I got lost in your eyes,” he said to Maddie.

“He always does this. He tries to make it all sappy and then I don’t know what to say because I’m so awkward,” Maddie responded.

“Maddie, finish the song,” Caleb replied.

And she did. Awww, young love.

Lisa Konicki
A New Yorker that made her way to the South, Lisa got her love of country music from her dad, who always played the classics. However, her love of fried pickles, a southern staple, came from Blake Shelton, who made her try her very first one. With 20 years experience in the music biz—previously at the helm of Country Weekly Magazine —Lisa loves to de-stress by going to the movies, playing and watching sports or just being outdoors.