After being voted through to the Top 3 of American Idol, Laine Hardy headed to Livingston, Louisiana for a hometown hero’s welcome. Laine’s day started early at the Governor’s mansion where he declared it “Laine Hardy Day.” Later in the afternoon a parade started at the Livingston Parish Post Office and ended at the Livingston Parish Fairgrounds where Laine gave a concert.
Laine and his fellow finalists, Alejandro Aranda and Madison VanDenburg, will perform for your votes and a chance to be the new American Idol when the 3 hour finale airs live coast to coast on ABC. Clips from Laine’s hometown visit will air during the episode.
Thousands turned out to watch the “American Idol” finalist party through town aboard an airboat pulled by a truck. Mom and dad Cindy and Barry Hardy sat next to a grinning Laine Hardy, who waved to the crowd. Hardy rode near the end of a parade of Jeeps, ATVs, flatboats and a few truck floats. The Walker High School Band of Legacy played “Boogie Shoes” as they marched.
Check out highlights of Laine’s big day below.
KATC 3 Coverage of the Day
Governor John Bel Edwards welcomes Laine home and declares it “Laine Hardy Day”
“Happy Laine Hardy Day! The First Family and I had the honor of welcoming our hometown American Idol at the Governor’s Mansion this morning. Good luck Laine, we’re rooting for you!”
From the News Star:
“American Idol” finalist Laine Hardy rolled up to the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion Tuesday morning in a black limousine that seemed as long as a football field.
“I was so nervous,” Hardy told Gov. John Bel Edwards. “I’ve never done anything like that before.”
“Today, all of Louisiana is going to party with Laine Hardy,” said Edwards, who proclaimed Tuesday “Laine Hardy Day.”
The Sheriff of Livingston Parish awards Laine a plaque
Laine arrived home in a boat!
— Caroline Grueskin ????? (@cgrueskin) May 14, 2019
— Robin Miller (@rmillerbr) May 14, 2019
Laine’s concert. He sings Stevie Ray Vaughn’s “Pride and Joy,” an original song, “Home” by Marc Broussard, “Hurricane” by Band of Heathens, “Louisiana Lady” (Original).
And uhm…. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser tweeted during Laine’s visit. President Trump also happened to be in Louisiana at the same time. He wrote, “I asked @POTUS today if he would tweet his support for @TheLaineHardy @AmericanIdol. I reminded him that LA supported him, while CA and NY, the homes of the other 2 finalist, did not. Trump responded and said, “Billy, I will see what we can do!” #MakeSocksGreatAgain”
I asked @POTUS today if he would tweet his support for @TheLaineHardy @AmericanIdol. I reminded him that LA supported him, while CA and NY, the homes of the other 2 finalist, did not. Trump responded and said, “Billy, I will see what we can do!” #MakeSocksGreatAgain pic.twitter.com/4E09MAIm38
— Office of Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser (@LouisianaLtGov) May 14, 2019