AMERICAN IDOL - "217" - The journey to find the next superstar continues as the remaining five Idol hopefuls leave it all on the stage, singing their hearts out to win America's vote and land themselves a spot in the coveted "American Idol" season finale. In this episode, each contestant will perform three songs: a pick from in-house mentor, Bobby Bones; a song dedicated to their heroes in honor of Mother's Day; and a selection from Elton John's world-renowned catalog. To help prepare for this week's theme, contestants will be the first to watch the highly anticipated feature film "Rocketman," an epic musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Elton John's breakthrough years. The jam-packed Idol episode airs SUNDAY, MAY 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT/5:00-7:01 p.m. PDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Eric McCandless) LAINE HARDY

Livingston Parish native Laine Hardy has a shot at being the next "American Idol" when he competes in the season finale of the popular TV singing contest on Sunday. 

Hardy, a 2018 graduate of French Settlement High School, competed on the rebooted "Idol" last season but was eliminated. This season has been quite a different story.

America and the "Idol" judges — Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry — seem to love Hardy, as he's been a top vote-getter and garnered praise from the three pros each week. 

Hardy is one of three finalists performing Sunday night, when the new "Idol" will be announced. As of Thursday, Hardy is the favorite to win the competition according to betting site, which listed him with odds of 24/25. 

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Here's how you can watch the big show Sunday night and cast your ballot for Hardy.

How You Can Watch

WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday

CHANNEL: WBRZ, Channel 2 (cable Channel 5 in Baton Rouge), KATC, Channel 3 (cable Channel 5 in Lafayette), WGNO, Channel 26 (cable Channel 11 in New Orleans)

Livingston Watch Parties

The town of Livingston and Neighbors Federal Credit Union are hosting an outdoor watch party at Livingston Park, 20550 Circle Park Drive, Livingston, that begins at 6 p.m.

Crazy Dave's Daquiri Bar & Grill, 28293 S. Frost Road, Livingston, is also hosting a viewing party for those 21+.

Big Mike's Sports Bar and Grill, 123 Aspen Square, Denham Springs, is also hosting a kid-friendly viewing party from 7 p.m. until.

How You Can Vote

During the three-hour live show, you can:

  • vote online at
  • use the American Idol app
  • send a text message by texting 1, Hardy's contestant number, to 21523

You can votes 10 times per contestant per voting method, so you can cast 30 votes in all.


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