May 20 (UPI) -- Laine Hardy was crowned the winner of American Idol Season17, coming out on top over fellow finalists Alejandro Aranda and Madison VanDenburg.
Hardy won American Idol's live, coast-to-coast fan vote on Sunday during a season finale that featured performances from former American Idol finalists and current judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie.
Hardy shared the stage with Jon Pardi for a performance of "Night Shift" and "Dirt On My Boots" while VanDenburg shared the stage with Dan + Shay to sing "All To Myself" and"Speechless."
Also on hand was last season's winner Maddie Poppe who made a special appearance. This was the second season to air on ABC.