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And the new "American Idol" is… Maddie Poppe

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ABC/Mitch Haaseth(LOS ANGELES) — American Idol‘s two-part finale concluded on Monday with the top three finalists learning that Maddie Poppe is the newest “American Idol.”

Caleb Lee Hutchinson came in second, with Gabby Barrett finishing third.

Poppe receives a recording contract with Hollywood Records, as well as an opportunity to perform at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, and at the Radio Disney Awards.

The evening also included performances from judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, as well as the top 10 finalists returning for performances with music superstars.

Here are Tuesday’s highlights:

The show opened with the top 10 finalists joining Richie for a version of his signature hit “All Night Long”

Nick Jonas and Mustard teamed up for their new single, “Anywhere.” Afterwards, top 10 finalist Jurneejoined Nick for his hit “Jealous.”

After Bryan debuted his new single, “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset,” he introduced Barrett, who joined him for a duet on “Most People Are Good,” the second single from Bryan’s latest album, What Makes You Country.

Next, top 10 finalist Cade Foehner jammed with Gary Clark, Jr. and eliminated Idol contestant Dennis Lorenzo on Clark’s “Bright Lights.”

Then, in one of the night’s most unusual pairings, Poppe delivered an encore performance of the song she auditioned with — “Rainbow Connection,” from The Muppet Movie. This time, she was joined by Kermit the Frog.

Hutchinson got to sing alongside one of his idols, Darius Rucker, on Rucker’s hit “Wagon Wheel.”

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel popped in to reveal the contents of an American Idol time capsule “buried in host Ryan Seacrest’s zucchini garden,” which contained alleged items from the show’s past, including a tiny V-neck tee shirt worn by Simon Cowell — complete with built-in nipples; Seacrest’s frosted hair tips from season 1; a collection of Steven Tyler’s scarves, the tips from Adam Lambert’s fingerless gloves; Sanjaya’s hair – followed by Sanyaya himself. The Jimmy Kimmel Live! host joked that Clay Aiken was also supposed to be in the capsule, but Sanjaya admitted that he was hungry after all that time and “ate him.”

Next, Barrett, Lee and Poppe joined Bebe Rexha for her hit “Meant to Be.”

Top 24 contestant Layla Spring, 16, and her 7-year-old sister Dyxie – who charmed the judges during the auditions — returned to sing “Blue,” by LeAnn Rimes, who made a surprise appearance to sing with the girls.

Katy Perry made good on a promise she made to top 10 finalist Catie Turner earlier in the competition to “personally sing” with her. They joined forces on Perry’s 2012 hit “Part of Me.”

Yolanda Adams and Michael J. Woodard, backed by a choir, performed Jackie DeShannon’s “What the World Needs Now.”

Caleb and Maddie – who revealed they are currently dating – dueted on a mash-up of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World.” Afterwards, Seacrest presented the couple with a trip to Hawaii.

Finally, top 10 finalists Ada Vox and Michelle Sussett joined Patti LaBelle for her classic “Lady Marmalade.”

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Celebrities sign letter imploring Indonesian president to stop dog meat trade

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By Stephen Iervolino

DMFI – 2018(LONDON) — A letter signed by dozens of celebrities — from Ricky Gervais and Ricky Martin to Oscar-winners Hunt Hunt and Dame Judy Dench and Emmy-winner Ellen DeGeneres — is urging Indonesian President Joko Widodo to stop the slaughter of millions of dogs and cats for food.

In a haunting video from the Dog Meat-Free Indonesia coalition, celebrities claim they “didn’t know” about the horrors of the dog meat trade, which includes not only the stealing of family pets, but the slaughter of the animals for their meat.

The dogs are piled into cages only to be killed brutally, including using a blowtorch to remove the fur from live animals.

In addition to the inhumane treatment of the animals, the stars, 90 of them in all, claim the trade is also causing the spread of rabies to people and cutting into Indonesia’s tourism trade due to outraged pet lovers the world over.

The stars are imploring the country to join the “growing number of countries across Asia” that have banned the practice.

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"Veep" Emmy winner Tony Hale says Julia Louis-Dreyfus "doing great" post cancer treatment; shooting to resume soon

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By Stephen Iervolino

HBO/Justin M. Lubin(NEW YORK) — While promoting the return of his beloved show Arrested Development, the fifth season of which hits Netflix next week, ABC Radio asked Tony Hale about his other show, HBO’s Veep, and the awaited return of his fellow Emmy-winning star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Last September, Louis-Dreyfus revealed she’d been diagnosed with breast cancer and would be undergoing treatment. She’s bouncing back, Hale says.

“Julia’s doing great. She’s getting stronger and stronger, so we’ll … be ready [to start shooting] by the end of the summer,” the actor shared. “You know, she’s amazing,” he added. “She’s amazing.”

In a post to fans earlier this year, the actress noted she’d finished chemotherapy and surgery to fight the disease.

“Hoorah! Great doctors, great results, feeling happy and ready to rock after surgery,” she captioned the shot. “Hey cancer, ‘F*** you!'”

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Karrueche Tran dishes on how she met her new beau, former NFL player Victor Cruz

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By Stephen Iervolino

Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Karrueche Tran is focused on living her best life.

With the recent release of her headlining feature in the Zoe Saldana-produced comedy The Honor List, and her upcoming return as Virginia on season two of Claws, Tran has transformed herself from Internet personality to full-fledged actress.

With a seemingly bright future ahead of her, Tran has also gained a new relationship — with her now boyfriend, former NFL player Victor Cruz — which she is excited to talk about.

“I mean we’ve known each other for a while, but he was in a relationship before — which I totally respected,” Tran tells ABC Radio, dishing on how the two first met. “And that up until recently, you know, he was single and I was like, ‘Are you sure, you’re single…? I had to, you know, confirm all that.”

The two, who were first spotted in December 2017 simply holding hands while walking in L.A., have upgraded their public displays of affection to now kissing and hanging out on vacation together.

According to Tran, their relationship has been both “real” and authentic.

“And then so we just started like hanging out, and getting to know each other,” she says. “And it’s just very, like, genuine and real. We have a good time together, we have fun. And that’s all that matters.”

The Honor List, which also stars Meghan Rienks, Sasha Pieterse and Arden Cho, is now available on digital, Blu-ray, DVD and on demand. Tran’s comedy Claws returns Sunday, June 10 at 9 p.m. on TNT.

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Famed chef Mario Batali investigated for sexual assault by NYPD

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) — Beleaguered chef Mario Batali is being investigated by the New York Police Department for sexual assault allegations raised in a 60 Minutes report that aired Sunday.

The NYPD told ABC News that a second allegation was brought to the NYPD late last year and dates to 2004. It was brought to the department’s attention soon after the #MeToo movement was born out of the Harvey Weinstein matter. That case remains open. The allegation is similar to the incident on 60 Minutes in that this second case involves an unconscious woman.

We’re told she alleges that she was at his restaurant Babbo in January 2004, lost consciousness and found Batali on top of her when she awoke.

The 60 Minutes report featured an unidentified former employee of Batali’s, who spoke out about the 57-year-old chef and former TV star, saying he drugged and assaulted her at a popular New York City restaurant more than a decade ago.

“I remember a moment where I was on his lap, kissing him. Like, he was kissing me,” she said on the program. “And then I remember throwing up in a toilet. And that is all. I woke up by myself on the floor. The first thing I think is I’ve been drugged….I’ve been assaulted,” she said.

The woman added that she spoke to police after the alleged incident but did not file a report.

A request for comment from Batali’s rep wasn’t immediately returned to ABC News, but the chef “vehemently” denied the assault to 60 Minutes.

Last December, four women came forward and told the website Eater that Batali had sexually harassed them.

“I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt,” Batali said in part at the time. “That behavior was wrong, and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family.”

After the Eater piece, Batali was asked to leave ABC’s The Chew and he offered to step away from the day-to-day operations of his restaurant group, the Batali and Bastianich Hospitality Group.

A rep told 60 Minutes that it finds the allegations “deeply disturbing” and that “our partnership with Mr. Batali is ending…”

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