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#AIonETC Recap: The Top 3 Finale Performance

American Idol finalists Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Gabby Barrett, and Maddie Poppe gave stellar performances in today’s episode! Their original tracks written with notable hitmakers, Gabby’s “Rivers Deep”, Caleb’s “Johnny Cash Heart”, and Maddie’s “Going Going Gone” kicked off the show and swooned the judges and viewers.

With a bit of throwback twist in today’s show, each finalist picked one of their favorite songs from a previous episode to reprise. The finalists continued to leave everyone in awe as Gabby sang “Little Red Wagon” by Miranda Lambert, Caleb picked “Don’t Close Your Eyes” by Keith Whitley, and Maddie chose her original track “Don’t Ever Let Your Children Grow Up”.

We can all feel our heartstrings tugged as the Top 3 also dedicated a song to their respective hometowns while video clips from their trip were shown. Pittsburgh native Gabby’s rendition of “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey gave some Glee fans the ultimate feels! Hailing from Dallas, Caleb belted “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash in true country fashion, and gifted with the angelic voice is Maddie who performed “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac for Clarksville.

Here are some pictures from their hometown visits:

Maddie Poppe on her way back to her hometown

Maddie Poppe on her way to her hometown

Maddi Poppe visits her hometown

Maddie Poppe feeling the love from her friends, family, and community.

Gabbie Barrett signing photos for lucky fans

Gabbie Barret signing photso for lucky fans.

Pittsburgh showing Gabbie Barrett their love

Pittsburgh showing Gabbie Barrett their love.

Caleb Lee Hutchinson with his parents

Caleb Lee Hutchinson with his parents

Caleb Lee Hutchinson loving the support from Georgia

Caleb Lee Hutchinson loving the support from Georgia.

The finalists also shared the stage with American Idol former contestants Harper Grace, Jonny Brenns, Michelle Sussett, and Catie Turner

The rest of America has all night to cast in their votes in time for tomorrow’s grand finale! Who do you think will be the ultimate American Idol in this season? Don’t miss the grand finale of American Idol on ETC tomorrow, May 22, Tuesday at 9 AM with replay at 6 PM and on primetime at 8 PM.  

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ETC is the only home-grown female channel both in free TV and cable, embracing what every feisty and fab Filipina values. Catch ETC on Cignal channel 9, Cablelink channel 34, and Dream Satellite TV channel 24.