After thousands auditioned for a spot on American Idol, Laine Hardy is in the Top 10.
The Livingston Parish native survived another wave of eliminations when voters and the three-judge panel selected the final 10 contestants who will vie for the Idol crown during Monday night’s episode.
During the episode, host Ryan Seacrest called the contestants to the stage one-by-one before revealing whether the country had voted them into the Top 10.
Following each announcement, the singers performed a song of their choosing — with some singing for their life before judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, who each selected a winner to advance alongside the seven America voted for.
Fortunately for Hardy, he didn’t need the judges’ help as the country voted him into the Top 10, securing him a spot on the show for at least another week.
Wearing a light blue suit and flashing that million-dollar smile, Hardy joined nine other singers from across the country on the winner’s side, one night after he performed the Elvis Presley tune “That’s Alright.”
Hardy heard 10 other names before his own was called, a tense-filled waiting game familiar to all fans of American Idol.
But when Seacrest called Hardy to the stage, he didn’t waste any time letting the 18-year-old know he was on to the next round.
“America loves the bayou boy,” Seacrest said before Hardy celebrated with a performance “Hurricane” — the same song he initially impressed judges with during his first Idol audition last season.