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'American Idol' crowned its winner in grand finale

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Mon, May 20th 2019 10:35 am
Pictured are the `American Idol` finalists: Madison Vandenburg, Alejandro Aranda and Laine Hardy. (ABC photo by Eric McCandless)
Pictured are the "American Idol" finalists: Madison Vandenburg, Alejandro Aranda and Laine Hardy. (ABC photo by Eric McCandless)

Was it Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy or Madison VanDenburg?

‘American Idol’ alums Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert & Maddie Poppe returned to stage

Following a cross-country search for the next singing sensation, “American Idol” rounded out its second season on ABC with an epic grand finale event, featuring Top three contestants Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy and Madison VanDenburg. For the first time in “Idol” history, America’s live coast-to-coast vote determined the winner of the iconic singing competition series, as all voting took place during the show. The crowning moment was preceded by special performances from music legends, including “American Idol’s very own superstar judges, the return of fan-favorite contestants from the current season and a special visit by last season’s winner, Maddie Poppe. Her debut album, “Whirlwind,” dropped on Friday.

The finalists performed two songs each before one, Madison, was eliminated.

Grand finale performances included:

  • Judge Lionel Richie singing “Dancing on the Ceiling” with the Top 10
  • Adam Lambert performing his new single, “New Eyes,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” with Dimitrius Graham
  • Carrie Underwood making a special appearance during her “Cry Pretty Tour 360” and singing her new hit single, “Southbound”
  • Daddy Yankee and judge Katy Perry performing “Con Calma”
  • Dan + Shay singing “All To Myself” and “Speechless” with Madison
  • Jon Pardi performed a medley of “Night Shift” and “Dirt On My Boots” with Laine
  • Kane Brown singing “Good As You” and “Lost in the Middle of Nowhere” with Alyssa Raghu
  • Katy Perry performing “Unconditionally” with Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon
  • Kool & The Gang doing a medley of “Hollywood Swinging,” “Ladies Night” and “Celebrate” with the Top 10
  • Judge Luke Bryan singing “Knockin’ Boots” and “Every Breath You Take” with Laci Kaye Booth
  • Montell Jordan performing “This Is How We Do It” with Margie Mays and Austin Michael
  • Weezer doing a medley of “Africa,” “Take On Me” and “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” with Wade Cota and Walker Burroughs

In the end, Laine was crowned the winner of “American Idol.”

“American Idol”: Laine Hardy is shown following his win. Pictured are Bobby Bones, Madison Vandenburg, Alejandro Aranda, Alyssa Raghu, Wade Cota, Laine, Uche, Laci Kaye Booth, Walker Burroughs and Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon. (ABC photo by Eric McCandless)

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