On the “American Idol” finale on Sunday, Laine Hardy pulled off an upset over Alejandro Aranda, who had been the frontrunner all season long. In our overnight poll, almost half of viewers (48%) weighing in wanted Alejandro to win and think that he was robbed of the season 17 title. Indeed, he got more votes than Laine, who has 41% of the total tally as of this writing. The third place finisher, Madison VanDenburg, merited 11%.
What do you think? Did Laine deserve to win? Or did you want Alejandro to take the title. Even though he lost on May 19, this singer/songwriter could end up the big winner. His talents were showcased in the finale as he got the chance to sing four of his original songs, including “Out Loud.” He had first performed that tune at his audition in early March, which went viral.
If you haven’t cast your ballot yet, be sure to do so in the poll at the bottom of this post. Then take a minute and give us your thoughts on the second season of “American Idol” on ABC as well as your opinions of host Ryan Seacrest and judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.
Here’s a list of the songs that the Top 3 sang on the season 17 finale.
Alejandro Aranda (Ponoma, CA): “Tonight” (Original)
Laine Hardy (Livingston, LA): “Jambalaya” by Hank Williams
Madison VanDenburg (Albany, NY): “Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson
Alejandro Aranda: “Millennial Love” (Original)
Laine Hardy: “Home” by Marc Broussard
Madison VanDenburg: “Shallow” by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
Alejandro Aranda: “10 Years” with orchestra
Laine Hardy: A medley of “Nightshift” & “Dirt On My Boots” with Jon Pardi
Madison VanDenburg: A medley of “All To Myself” & “Speechless” with Dan + Shay
Alejandro Aranda: “Outl Loud”
Laine Hardy: “Bring It on Home to Me”