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Maddie Poppe

Maddie Poppe, a singer from Clarksville, performs during her audition for “American Idol” on Sunday on ABC.

Freemantle Media/ABC photo by Eric Liebowitz

CLARKSVILLE—Maddie Poppe is known for her performances on RAGBRAI, but now she gets a national stage.

The Clarksville native appeared on the premier of American Idol, performing for the judges for a chance at a trip to Hollywood.

She advanced to the next round.

Judge Katie Perry said of Poppe, “You definitely have your own distinctive quality in your voice, that’s pretty dope.”

Poppe spoke about her tryout ahead of the premiere Sunday night. She said her father is the one who encouraged her to try out for “American Idol” after she grew up as a fan of the show.

Poppe has been singing since she was a kid and is hoping her style and singer-songwriter format will help her stand out for the judges. She shared a story of how one producer almost crushed her dreams during the tryout only to let her pass on to the next phase.

RAGBRAI riders also may know Poppe as she has performed along the route since 2014, when she first performed for RAGBRAI passing through Clarksville. She earlier tried out on “The Voice,” but none of the judges turned their chairs.


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