Watch Darius Rucker Team With ‘American Idol’ Runner-Up Caleb Lee Hutchinson for ‘Wagon Wheel’
Hutchinson was one of Idol's Top 3 contestants heading into Monday night's finale episode. Throughout the season, he positioned himself as a country artist; the original song he performed during Sunday night's (May 20) episode, the first half of the finale, was called "Johnny Cash Hurt."
“It’s so inspiring to see how much talent, passion and ambition these contestants have,” Rucker says in a press release. “I loved being a part of Caleb’s experience on American Idol. He's got that old-school voice."
Hutchinson was named American Idol's newest runner-up at the end of Monday night's episode, with Maddie Poppe declared the season's winner. In a twist, just before the results were revealed, Hutchinson and Poppe shared that they are dating. The two struck up a friendship -- and then a romantic relationship -- after meeting during the show's Hollywood Week.
The just-concluded season of American Idol was the show's first on ABC, after 15 seasons on Fox and a brief hiatus. The TV singing competition has been renewed for another season on ABC, with judges Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry all returning.
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