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In part one of the two-night season finale, Maddie Poppe performed her original song, "Don't Ever Let Your Children Grow Up."

CLARKSVILLE -- "I'm voting for you," judge Katy Perry said after Maddie Poppe's final performance on Sunday night's "American Idol" episode.

Poppe brought down the house with her rendition of Stevie Nicks' "Landslide."

"That's why I signed up for this," said judge Luke Bryan, who earlier in the evening told Poppe she is "authentic as heck."

Poppe and her two fellow finalists each sang three songs on the evening's penultimate episode. The first number was a debut of a new single. For Poppe, that single is "Going, Going, Gone," for which the judges praised her for appearing the most comfortable of the contestants with new material.

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The show also featured footage from Poppe's visit earlier in the week to her hometown of Clarksville, where she was welcomed with a parade and gave a free concert.

This season's "American Idol" winner will be announced on the finale tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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