(WAFB) - Livingston heartthrob Laine Hardy has made it one step closer to becoming the next “American Idol,” surviving a dramatic night and advancing to the top 5 on Sunday’s show.
Before the show, Governor John Bel Edwards tweeted out his support for Hardy.
"Luckily we have Laine Hardy on American Idol to show the world how much music means to Louisiana," the Governor tweeted. "We're rooting for you back home tonight."
Hardy sang Joe Cocker's "I Don't Need No Doctor" and Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode."
"Laine, you continue week after week to pick the right songs for you," judge Luke Bryan said. "Your voice has a lane, it has that certain sweet spot. Last year you didn't know that yet, but now we're seeing week after week you come out with songs that really complement what you're about."
Katy Perry told Hardy it was time to “literally push yourself into the star category.”
If Hardy advances to the top 3, he and the other two finalists will get to fly home for a quick visit before returning to Los Angeles for the finale on Sunday, May 19. The Town of Livingston posted on Facebook that a homecoming parade will be held on Tuesday, May 14.