Laine Hardy may have forgotten the song’s name, but he’s making sure America doesn’t forget his.
The 18-year-old singer from French Settlement once again wowed the trio of celebrity judges during Hollywood Week on American Idol and was able to secure a spot in the Solo Round.
During Hollywood Week, contestants perform individually and in groups in a series of rounds before the number of contestants is narrowed down to the Top 24.
Hardy, a 2018 Idol contestant making his second run in the show, advanced past the Solo Round last season before being eliminated in the “Final Judgment” episode, one episode before the live performances that are determined by fan vote.
His goals are bigger this time around.
“After the show last year, I just started getting fans out of everywhere,” he said during the show. “It made me feel a little more confidence about myself. I was surprised people would listen to my music and like it.
“I feel way better than last year being here.”
Hardy started off Hollywood Week with a soulful performance of Black Crowes’ “She Talks to Angels,” which netted him praise from the judges and a standing ovation from judge Katy Perry, who playfully added, “He’s been eating his vegetables.”
After surviving the “Line of 10” performance, Hardy entered the group round and teamed with three other singers to make up the “Diamond Dixies,” who’d perform Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” — the name of which seemed to slip Hardy’s mind when he introduced the group to Idol judges Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.
“That’s not a good sign,” Richie said.
But everything turned out just fine for Hardy, who survived the group round and will join two of his three “Diamond Dixie” mates in the Solo Round.
While Hardy’s Idol dream continues, it came to an end for his friend Ashton Gill, a 20-year-old French Settlement High graduate who earned her golden ticket during the show’s stop in Idaho.
Gill sang Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can't Make You Love Me” and received applause from all three judges, but it wasn’t enough for them to advance her to the next round.
“This is just the beginning for me,” Gill said on the show. “I’m not gonna give up.”
The next step for Hardy and the other American Idol contestants will be the Solo Round, which will be followed by the “final judgement” episode when the top 24 contestants will be revealed.
American Idol airs locally on Sundays and Mondays at 7 p.m. on The ABC Television Network.