American Idol 2019: Laine Hardy is back as contestant

by Marsha Dizon

Former American Idol contender Laine Hardy was wooed by the judges to return as a contestant, after accompanying a friend at the auditions.

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Former American Idol contestant Laine Hardy (age 18) came back to the auditions to support his friend Ashton Gill.

As soon as he walked in, the judges of American Idol namely, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan recognized him.

The judges noticed that Laine was wearing his own merchandise as Katy went on to hug him. Katy noticed that Laine also has new teeth and said, “You got all Hollywood on us! What is going on?”

Laine Hardy was one of the popular contestants on American Idol Season 16 (2018), and many fans were dismayed when he did not make it to the Top 24.

This time around, Laine said that he was there to accompany his bestfriend’s sister Ashton Gill, a 20-year old from Louisiana. “No audition for me,” he said when asked by Luke Bryan.

When Ashton Gill sang an impressive rendition of “Broken Halos” by Chris Stapleton and got her ticket to Hollywood, the judges asked Laine Hardy to sing.

Laine obliged and sang “The Weight” by The Band. The judges were so amazed with his performance, noting his confidence and swag. Lionel Richie told him that if he wants to come back, he should not play around.

Katy Perry agreed, waved a golden ticket at Laine and said, “Yo Laine, what’s your problem? Why don’t you wanna come back? Come on take this ticket, come on, take this ticket! You found your confidence.”

Laine Hardy returns For Ashton Gill Audition – American Idol 2019 on ABC

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Holding the golden ticket in his hand, Lionel said, “You found everything we said. It’s sitting right here. All we’re asking you to do is just reach out and touch.”

Laine looked at the ticket and commented, “Sure is shiny.”

Katy Perry said, “It’s a new design and everything.”

Lionel egged him on said, ” You can go to Hollywood and have a great time. More important this time, you got a shot. No kidding.”

Katy and Luke chimed in, increasing the pressure on Laine, with Katy saying, “You could win this one. You really could.”

When Laine finally took the ticket and said OK, the judges jumped with joy.

Before they went out the room, Katy said, “We believe in you both. Now go fight over it,” as Lionel and Luke laughed.

American Idol airs Sunday and Monday nights at 8 P.M. ET on ABC.

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