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Maddie Poppe: Sharing her voice and small-town Iowa story with the country

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Clarksville native Maddie Poppe made it to the top three on 'American Idol' last night.

She's a small-town Iowa girl sharing her voice and her story with the country.

KWWL was able to FaceTime with Maddie before her performance last night. 

What stood out to us is she's a good person that, "is who she is." She's fun, quirky, and kind. She's got her own voice and style that she's not changing just because she's gaining national attention. 

The 20-year-old Clarksville native shares videos from her childhood in her music video, "Dont Ever Let Your Children Grow Up." 

She started performing when she was young, singing in shows, at church, and at school with her sister and dad. Eventually she went on to sing at bigger events, like RAGBRAI.

Now she's become one of the top three contestants on 'American Idol."

But Maddie says the road to success wasn't always easy.

"So I've been told no a lot, and actually, the other contestants and me were just talking about this. We never thought we would make it this far," she says. 

Looking back, Maddie's big advice to fans is, "Don't ever give up." 

She says, "This summer I kind of was at a low point. I really just didn't believe in myself. I don't know if I was at the point of giving up, but I just didn't feel like doing anything ever. I didn't know where I was going. I was starting college last fall, and so I just kind of put music on hold I think. I didn't know where to go from there. That's when my dad came along and said that 'American Idol' was having auditions. And I thought I better just try and just see how this goes. I went into it not expecting anything out of it, and now I'm the Top Five. (That's changed since the interview) I'm glad I didn't give up."

To all the fans listening:

She says, "You're going to hear no a million times before you hear yes. I know that sounds cliche, but it's true. This past summer, I was like I had had it. I was like, it's not going to work out you know. Just because I had been trying since I was 15. Five years might not seem like a lot because I'm young, but it seemed like a lot because five years is a long time. A lot of times, when you are very close to giving up, that's when kind of your saving grace comes through, and you know and things tend to work out. Just as long as you don't give up. And I think it's really important that people go through that. It makes me more grateful to be here..... I kind of think that that's just the way that life is. And I think it's important to struggle before you succeed." 

Maddie says now that the stakes are high, she's really focusing on versatility and trying new things.

"I never play the electric guitar, but I thought it's very important at this stage to bring out all those bells and whistles," she says. 

She's trying new things, without forgetting who she is or where she came from.

According to Facebook, now that Maddie has made it to the final three for "American Idol," there will be a hometown parade and concert for her. 

This will be Tuesday, May 15. (Tomorrow) The parade is expected to start at 5 p.m. In downtown Clarksville. 

After the parade, Maddie is expected to perform at the Butler County Fairgrounds in Allison. This will be free for anyone to attend! Maddie is expected to start performing around 6:30 p.m. 

The "American Idol" video crew will be filming all of this for the next episode of the show, so it's important for Clarksville to come out and show its support. 

Also, don't forget to keep voting! Next week is so important! 

Here's a reminder on how you can vote: 

Each person can send 10 votes through the ABC website, 10 votes through the American Idol app, and 10 votes by texting the number “10” ten times to 21523.

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