American Idol has crowned its new winner after the 2019 season on Sunday night.
Louisiana native Laine Hardy was voted Season 17’s champion after competing against fellow finalists Alejandro Aranda and Madison VanDenberg during the three-hour finale.
Hardy performed a medley of “Night Shift” and “Dirt On My Boots” with country singer Jon Pardi. He also made his way back to his bayou roots with “Jambalaya” by Hank Williams and “Home” by Marc Broussard.
Idol alum Adam Lambert sang his new single “New Eyes” before performing a truncated version of “Bohemian Rhapsody” with axed Idol contestant Demetrius Graham, and last year’s Idol winner Maddie Poppe also made a brief appearance with host Ryan Seacrest to plug her debut album, Whirlwind, which was released on Friday.
One of the show’s most famous champions, Carrie Underwood, also made a special performance in the midst of her Cry Pretty Tour 360 to sing her new single, “Southbound.”
ABC announced last week that it would be renewing American Idol for an 18th season, with the next season expected to premiere in January 2020.
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) May 20, 2019