Laine Hardy has beaten Alejandro Aranda to become the winner of American Idol 2019.
Third place for Madison VanDenburg, often compared to Kelly Clarkson, winner of the first season of the show and three Grammy Awards.
After the victory, Hardy said: “I’m still processing it but it’s been a crazy night. My mind is so overwhelmed right now with so many different emotions. I really need to let it sink in. It hasn’t sunk in yet”.
Louisiana artist’s run on “American Idol” represents a comeback for him. He appeared last year but was eliminated soon.
It’s not the first time that a contestant win American Idol after being eliminated from an earlier season of the show: Candice Glover won in 2013 after appearing in seasons 9 and 10, and 2014 champion Caleb Johnson took the prize after competing in the 10th and 11th seasons.
During the last year, Laine released his EP “In the bayou”, which features three songs: “Hurricane”, “Louisiana lady” and “In the bayou”.
Winner’s single “Flame”, produced by Mike Daly & Jon Levine, is a catchy pop-country song.

Lyrics:

I hope you find what you’re lookin’ for
I hope you get what you’re wishin’ for
I hope you see what I see when I see what I see in you
I hope you stumble and fall in love
I hope it’s all that you’re dreamin’ of
And every day is a day that your heartbeat beats for two

And if the darkness arrives
In the still of the night
And there’s no one inside

Put your light up
Put your light, put your light up
Put your light, put your light up
Put your light, put your light up, so I can see your flame
Put your light, put your light up
Put your light, put your light up
Put your light, put your light up, so I can see your flame

I hope you dance, hope you sing along
Every time they play your song
Hope you live, hope you laugh
Hope your heart never leads you wrong
And I don’t know where that river flows
I don’t know all the highs and lows
But there’s a flame in your name
When you need, it leads you home

And if the darkness arrives
In the still of the night
And there’s no one inside

Put your light up
Put your light, put your light up
Put your light, put your light up (Put your light up)
Put your light, put your light up, so I can see your flame
Put your light, put your light up
Put your light, put your light up (Yeah)
Put your light, put your light up, so I can see your flame
Put your light, put your light up (Oh, whoa, yeah)
Put your light, put your light up
Put your light, put your light up (Oh, whoa)
(Oh, oh) So I can see your flame (So I can see it)
Put your light, put your light up (Yeah)
Put your light, put your light up
Put your light, put your light up (Oh, whoa)
So I can see your flame

So I can see
So I can see your flame