Maddie Poppe: Iowa’s “American Idol” story


CLARKSVILLE – A 19-year-old from a tiny northern Iowa town was already a bit of a local star. 

Maddie Poppe, born in the Butler County town of Clarksville, has had a guitar in her hands since a young age, with a dad who was in a local rock band. 

“That’s one thing that I think works to my advantage that some of the other contestants don’t have”, Poppe says. “Some of them have never played a gig before. But I’ve done like hundreds in front of different crowds of all sizes.” 

And in early 2018 came the opportunity of a lifetime. 

Watch Poppe’s performance from Monday night

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