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Idol: Laine Hardy makes the Top 3!

Posted at 9:30 PM, May 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-12 22:32:13-04

Louisiana’s Laine Hardy has made the Final Three on American Idol.

Hardy was on last season’s program but was eliminated early. Then he showed up to play guitar for a friend who was auditioning for this season’s program. The judges recognized him, demanded a song, and he blew them away. So they gave him a golden ticket, too.

This year he’s been doing much better, and earning weekly kudos from the judges. Last week, he was elected to the final four – which ended up being five after the judges decided to save another contestant from elimination.

Here’s the “Idol Journey” video about Hardy:

Here’s one of tonight’s performances, with Hardy singing an Elton John song:

And, here’s his other performance, of a Marshall Tucker Band song:

To see his performances last week, click here. To see our archive of Hardy stories, click here.

Tonight, voting will open at the start of the nationwide simulcast at 7 p.m. CST (on KATC TV3) and will close during the show’s last commercial break. There will also be a nationwide vote during the live finale simulcast on May 20 to determine who will be crowned the next American Idol.

There are three ways to vote: You can vote online at, in the American Idol app or via text. You have to be at least 13 years old and located in the U.S., Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands to vote on or in the American Idol app.

For text message voting, simply text the number of the contestant you would like to vote for to “21523”.

To vote for Laine Hardy: text “1” to 21523.

For more information about voting, click here.

Hardy is from Livingston, and is a graduate of French Settlement High School.