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Third Place on 'American Idol,' First Place in the Steel City

Munhall high school student Gabby Barrett finished in third place last night on ABC’s reboot of “American Idol.”

photo via american idol twitter


Gabby Barrett may not be the winner of American Idol, but Pittsburgh isn’t going to stop believin’ in her.

Barrett dedicated her last competitive performance, a cover of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” to her hometown of Pittsburgh during Sunday night’s episode, part one of the finale. Unfortunately for Barrett, she was edged out of the final two last night, leaving her fellow singers Maddie Poppe and Caleb Lee Hutchinson to vy for the top spot. Poppe, a 20-year-old from Clarksville, Iowa, won the title. She walks away with a $250,000 cash prize and a recording contract.

Barrett seemed a good sport about the results, as she congratulated Poppe on Twitter soon after the finale concluded. 

Before the finale episode aired, Barrett posted to Instagram thanking everyone who has voted for and supported her throughout the season.

Since the beginning, Barrett has often said she couldn’t have made it this far in her singing career without her father. She told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that there were some occasions when Barrett’s father, Blase Barrett, “could not afford to pay the bills in the house, but he would still find a way to drive me to my gigs.”

“I really, really, really want to pay my dad back for everything he’s done for me,” Barrett told the Post-Gazette earlier in the season.

Watch Gabby’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” performance:

Barrett, along with the rest of this season’s top seven, will go on the 40+ city American Idol: Live! Tour beginning in July. The tour makes a stop at the Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead on September 13.

While we wish Poppe all the best in her career, we’ll still be #TeamGabby.

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