Maddie Poppe prepares for events in Butler County

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The 20-year-old from Clarksville has a one in three chance of being the next American Idol.

Poppe has a busy day and began it at TV9 in Cedar Rapids.

"I remember standing there thinking we're all going to be ok," Poppe said when talking about how she felt while waiting to hear if she would make the top three.

Throughout her journey, Poppe's parents have supported her along the way and have made appearances on the show.

"It's been stressful for me it's been a whirlwind. For them, I know me being gone for this long, I'm so busy out there and we don't get to talk very much. I know that they miss me a lot, but I think that they know this is what I've always wanted. I think it's all going to be worth it," Poppe said.

Poppe will return home to family and friends tonight for a mayor's presentation, parade and concert in Butler County on May 15.

Maddie Poppe stopped by TV9 before she heads to Butler County for events today.

A Final 3 contestant on American Idol, Poppe is from Clarksville, Iowa.

Tuesday, beginning at 6 a.m., Poppe will make an appearance on the TV9 Morning News.

You can watch our morning show live by CLICKING HERE.

The mayor will make a presentation at 2:30 p.m. in Clarksville followed by a town parade at 5 p.m.

The free concert begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Butler County Fairgrounds, 214 South Main St. in Allison. It’s first come-first served for seating.

American Idol photographers will record the events to play on the final competition show airing next Sunday and Monday on TV9.

The top three will perform May 20 and 21 during a live broadcast show for a chance at the top three.

You can vote for your favorite artist once the show begins at 7 p.m. CST on TV9 Sunday.

To vote, visit, download the American Idol App, or text in your vote to 21532.

The number to text for the Top 5 contestants are as follows:

Gabby Barrett : Text 14 to 21523
Caleb Lee Hutchinson : Text 1 to 21523
Maddie Poppe : Text 10 to 21523