Louisiana native Laine Hardy paid tribute to his home state with Hank Williams' classic "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" on last night's (5/19) American Idol finale. Hardy was crowned the winner of the singing competition, beating out Alejandro Aranda and Madison VanDenburg.
American Idol judge Luke Bryan complimented Hardy on his decision to cover the song, which Williams released in 1952.
"Great song choice. Way to show your people back home that you're still stuck to your roots," Bryan said.
Hardy also performed Marc Broussard's "Home" during the finale. After being named winner, the singer performed his debut single "Flame."
Luke Bryan also performed his new single "Knockin' Boots" with Laci Kaye during the three hour finale.
This season of American Idol premiered on March 3. Judges Lionel Ritchie, Katy Perry and Bryan are expected to return for the show's fourth season on ABC.