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American Idol Recap: Who Won Season 16?

ABC’s rebooted American Idol crowned its first winner on Monday night in an episode that was so bloated with guest appearances, and other pointless things to keep viewers on tenterhooks before getting to the good stuff. 

Seriously, there was so much filler that it could have passed as a whole nother show entirely. 

The two-hour live finale kicked off with Lionel Richie performing “All Night Long,” and it was still as impressive as it was in 1983. 

The top 10 contestants joined him on the stage to throw their vocals into the ring for it, but they were overpowered at every turn by Lionel’s excellent vocals. 

When we finally got to the first round of results, it was more than halfway through the show, which is problematic. Ryan Seacrest confirmed which of the three were going home. 

As expected, Gabby Barrett secured the lowest amount of votes overnight and left the show in third place. 

Something very unexpected happened after that. Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Maddie Poppe aka the final two confirmed that they were, indeed, dating. 

It was a great twist in an otherwise polarizing finale, but things took a cheesy turn when they performed a duet of “Over the Rainbow” together. 

There’s saying you’re in a relationship and then there’s throwing it at the audience like you’re selling it. 

In the end, Maddie Poppe was crowned the winner. If you’ve been keeping up to speed with the show this season, you will likely be well aware that Maddie has been the most consistent throughout the whole process. 

Her performances have been solid, and she has made every single moment of the process count. Out of all the top 10, she is the most marketable star. 

The real test will be whether a lesser-viewed Idol can still propel contestants to stardom. Despite returning after a hiatus, the ratings have not been great. 

But ABC has faith, and the show will be back for Season 17 in 2019.

The rest of the finale was filled with performances from celebrities such as Bebe Rexha, Nick Jonas, and even judges Luke Bryan and Katy Perry. 

With the revived season officially in the can, it’s time to look ahead to the next season. The good news is that the judging panel will remain intact next season. 

Despite some issues with the format, the judges have been very constructive.

Katy has been a real treat as a judge. Instead of trying to apologize to Taylor Swift live on air at every opportunity, she’s been helping these contestants realize their true potential. 

Okay, what do you think of the winner? 

Should someone else have it to the finale?

Hit the comments below!

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Katy Perry: Did She Sexually Harass an American Idol Singer?

Katy Perry kissed a boy on the American Idol premiere this past Sunday night…

… and he didn’t like it.

On the season premiere of the rebooted American Idol, the popular singer and this season’s lead judge greeted 19-year-old contestant Benjamin Glaze with a playful peck on the lips.

She did so after Glaze told the panel that he had never kissed anyone before.

The episode was filmed in October, but did not air until this week — and the quick spit swap seemed like a harmless exchange of bodily fluids at the time.

But then Glaze spoke to The New York Times a couple days later and…

“I was a tad bit uncomfortable,” he said. “I wanted to save it for my first relationship. I wanted it to be special.”

Benjamin works as a a cashier in Enid, Oklahoma and explained that he comes from a conservative background.

He has been keeping his lips to himself on purpose and then Perry came along and simply laid one on him.

Added the aspiring artist in this interview:

“Would I have done it if she said, ‘Would you kiss me?’ No, I would have said no.

“I know a lot of guys would be like, ‘Heck yeah!’ But for me, I was raised in a conservative family and I was uncomfortable immediately. I wanted my first kiss to be special.”

Even prior to these quotes going viral, Perry had been criticized harshly by insiders who basically alleged she has no clue what to do or say as a judge.

The unwanted kiss took place after Glaze entered the audition room and judge Luke Bryan mentioned Perry’s 2008 track “I Kissed a Girl,” asking:

“Have you kissed a girl and liked it?” 

Pretty weird thing to bring up, right?

Producers clearly were aware of Glaze’s background and told Bryan to touch on it.

Glaze said he had never gotten to first base and added:

“I have never been in a relationship and I can’t kiss a girl without being in a relationship.”

Perry proceeded to call the teen over and he gave Perry a peck on the cheek… prior to her pulling him close for one on the lips.

The singer, it should be mentioned, did NOT earn a Golden Ticket to Hollywood.

But it should also now be mentioned that Glaze penned a lengthy message on Instagram to clarify his stance on this surprising scandal.

“I am not complaining about the kiss from Katy Perry at all,” he wrote Wednesday afternoon, adding in detail:

“The way certain articles are worded is not done by me and my true intentions are not accurately represented in every article you read about the situation.

“I am not complaining about the kiss I am very honored and thankful to be apart of American Idol the main purpose for the show is to find stars and new music artist.

“I do wish i would have performed better in the moment.

“I should have picked another song to sing and calmed myself down regardless of the kiss i should have been able to perform under pressure.”

The singer continued:

I do not think i was sexually harassed by Katy Perry and i am thankful for the judges comments and critiques.

I was uncomfortable in a sense of how i have never been kissed before and was not expecting it.

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You can read Glaze’s full commentary above.

What do you think of this unwanted kiss?

Did Perry cross a line? Would it be an even bigger deal if genders were reversed and a male judge swooped in to kiss a female contestant?

Also: Why the heck did ABC bring back American Idol?!?

Hadn’t it been well established years ago that the franchise was very long past its prime?!?

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