Clarksville native gets ticket to Hollywood on 'American Idol'

Maddie Poppe auditions for American Idol.  (Courtesy: Fremantle Media - ABC Photo)
Maddie Poppe auditions for American Idol. (Courtesy: Fremantle Media - ABC Photo)(KCRG)
Published: Mar. 12, 2018 at 6:36 AM CDT
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A Clarksville native was given her ticket to Hollywood on March 11th's episode of American Idol.

Maddie Poppe, a 20-year-old college student, performed for the judges on the episode for a chance at a trip to Hollywood.

Poppe says it took three rounds of auditions before she was able to perform for the celebrity judges in New York City last fall.

"Keeping it a secret was tough," she says of the experience.

Poppe, who also plays the guitar, chose to sing the song "Rainbow Connection," which she first heard on an episode of "The Office."

Poppe was given three yes votes from Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie, who all watched her audition.

The judges loved her performance and gave her a golden ticket to move onto the next round of competition in Hollywood.

Poppe watched her television debut Sunday night from home, saying it was surreal to watch herself in the season's first episode.

Poppe has been singing since she was a kid and hopes her style and singer-songwriter format will help her stand out for the judges.

RAGBRAI riders might recognize Poppe as she has performed along the route since 2014 when she first performed for RAGBRAI passing through Clarksville.

You can watch more auditions Monday at 7 p.m. on KCRG-TV9.