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.
FRENCH SETTLEMENT — As a child, Laine Hardy loved to run around barefoot.
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 GoldDerby.com, 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 AmericanIdol.com/vote
- 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.
In this corner, hailing from Livingston, Louisiana, population 1,899, the bayou boy, Laine Hardy.
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