Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Season 16 Returnee LAINE HARDY WINS “AMERICAN IDOL” Season 17

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Sometimes, it is very refreshing to come back to the one that started it all. While reality singing competitions are now a dime a dozen around the world, these better not forget that one of the major pioneers is still going strong. “American Idol,” the US edition of “Pop Idol,” has seen 17 seasons, a rotating succession of judges, and a network hop, with the latest one which started just this past March finally coming to a close this Sunday. In what may have been an appropriate three hours the last three remaining contestants battled it out, with one triumphing.
It would seem “American Idol” has finally settled in nicely in its second network home of ABC, as the finals of season 17 on May 19 saw show repeater Laine Hardy finally make up for his Top 50 elimination in season 16 (2018) by actually winning the whole thing. The Hollywood Reporter has it that Hardy, of Livingston, Louisiana, went head to head to head with Cohos, NY’s Madison VanDenburg and Pomona, CA’s Alejandro Aranda in an intense sing-off for the “Idol” viewership vote, interspersed with about 23 performances with the Top 3 and an awesome selection of music artists.
The Top 3 of “American Idol 17” first sang two songs each to determine the Third Placer. Laine Hardy took full stock of his Louisiana roots with his song selection of Marc Broussard’s Bayou soul number “Home” and Hank William’s “Jambalaya (On the Bayou).” VanDenburg’s offerings of “Shallow” from “A Star is Born” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway” would not avail her beyond the second rotation, winning Third while Alejandro Aranda coasted by with his original compositions “Millennial Love” and “Tonight.” For the third rotation a fully confident Hardy performed Sam Cooke’s “Bring It on Home to Me,” being voted the winner. Aranda, who reprised his original audition piece “Out Loud,” would become the runner up.
Past “American Idol” veterans Carrie Underwood and Adam Lambert comprised the now-formula appearance of luminaries from previous seasons. All the judges for the show’s ABC run – Lionel Richie, Luke Perry and Katy Perry, also took their turns on stage. Other performers that Sunday include Daddy Yankee, Montell Jordan, John Pardi, Andra Day, Kane Brown, Dan + Shay, plus bands Kool & the Gang and Weezer.
ABC has assured that there will be an “American Idol” season 18 sometime next year. However, both the judges and host Ryan Seascrest are said to be negotiating for their coming back for more. Nothing yet has been finalized regarding their return for “Idol 18.”
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