‘American Idol’ winner Laine Hardy has red-hot winner’s single: Watch him sing ‘Flame’ [Video]

Laine Hardy won “American Idol” on Sunday and performed his new song, “Flame,” right after Ryan Seacrest announced he was the season 17 champion. We asked viewers to grade this winner’s single and a whopping 79% gave “Flame” an “A” or “B.” That is good news for this 18-year-old charmer from Livingston, Louisiana.

Laine is hoping to avoid the curse that has struck down the recent winners of “Idol.” Indeed the 2018 champ, Maddie Poppe, wasn’t even given a chance to sing on this year’s finale, breaking a long-standing tradition of the show.

In the video above, watch Laine perform the winner’s single, “Flame,” for the first time. That was just moments after it was revealed he had pulled off an upset victory over Alejandro Aranda. In another break with tradition, he did not sing the song while voting was still going on.

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