It’s hard to imagine that country super stars like Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina all made their start on a reality tv show. This past Sunday, America crowned their latest American Idol, and if the country world is lucky, we will be hearing from them shortly.
18 year old Laine Hardy was named the winner in a fairy tale ending that started the season before, when he was sent home early. Laine hails from Louisiana and has that true country, rock, growly voice — almost like Brantley Gilbert. There’s no telling which direction or what type of music Laine is heading towards, but he did team up with Jon Pardi on the finale episode to sing both “Dirt on my Boots” and “Night Shift.” The country world doesn’t seem like to far of a stretch.
Taking third place on the show was 16 year old Madison Vandenburg. She auditioned with her own rendition of Dan + Shay’s “Speechless” and it came full circle when she joined the duo onstage to sing their number one hit. Madison has a powerhouse voice, which judges Katy Perry and Luke Bryan drew Kelly Clarkson similarities to. She’s young and Nashville can be tough, but it would be amazing to see another Lauren Alaina break into the scene.
The rest of the finale show felt more like a CMA or ACM award show. Besides Jon Pardi and Dan + Shay, Luke Bryan took the stage to sing “Knockin’ Boots” and the QUEEN Carrie Underwood again donned the Idol stage to sing her song of the summer “Southbound.”
Is there another Carrie in this group? Chances are slim, but between Hardy and Vandenburg, and even Laci Kaye Booth, the Texas girl with strong country roots, it looks like the country music family is ready to open their arms to some new members.