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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards meets with Livingston's Laine Hardy outside the Governor's Mansion Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Edwards declared the day in honor of the American Idol finalist.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is ready to "Party with Hardy," too.

Outside the Governor's Mansion, Edwards met early Tuesday with "American Idol" finalist Laine Hardy, declaring the day in honor of the Livingston native and saying "Today is the day the entire state of Louisiana is going to party with Laine Hardy,"

Hardy was at a loss for words.

“I don’t know what to say, thank you," Hardy said.

Each of the three finalists of the popular ABC singing competition returned to their hometown for a full day celebration.

After meeting with the Governor early in the morning, Hardy will head to French Settlement High School around noon. A parade and free concert will be held in Livingston in the evening.

Hardy has already advanced farther than any other southeastern Louisiana singer in the show's history.

The finale will be broadcast on ABC on Sunday night.