Laine Hardy

Laine Hardy has been crowned the winner for ABC’s 2nd season of American Idol. Laine Hardy has won American Idol

During Sunday’s finale, the Louisiana native was crowned the winner for ABC’s 2nd season of Idol.

Hardy, who appeared on the 16th season of American Idol, wasn’t planning on auditioning for the show a second time. However, after accompanying a friend to her audition, judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie asked if Hardy would be willing to give it another try.

“He got good,” Perry, 34, said during his unplanned audition. “What’s your problem? Why don’t you want to come back? Take this ticket. You found your confidence!”

Taking that golden ticket to Hollywood turned out to be a huge blessing to Hardy.

Throughout the season, the 19-year-old heartthrob received praise for his Southern charm and raspy vocals.