Laine Hardy Returns To ‘American Idol’ To Sing ‘Life Is A Highway’

Reigning American Idol champ Laine Hardy returned to the hit show Sunday evening (May 10), kicking off the second half of the…


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May 10, 2020


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Reigning American Idol champ Laine Hardy returned to the hit show Sunday evening (May 10), kicking off the second half of the Disney-themed night with Rascal Flatts’ version of “Life Is A Highway.”

The season 17 champ performed the song from the Cars soundtrack from his home in Louisiana.

Hardy recently joined multi-media personality and American Idol in-house mentor Bobby Bones to chat about his return to the show where he admitted he was going to have to put in extra practice for this performance.

“This song, the timing of it, it throws me off,” he admitted. “It’s a little different than what I’m normally singing so it’s gonna take a little practice, but it’s a really good song.”

Hardy has been making the rounds on a virtual tour in support of his two new singles, “Ground I Grew Up On” and “Let There Be Country.”

Sunday’s episode of American Idol revealed the Top 7 contestants and featured the Idol hopefuls singing various Disney tunes such as Little Mermaid‘s “Kiss The Girl,” Cinderella‘s “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” and Lion King‘s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” Following Sunday’s show, America will cast votes to determine the American Idol Top 5.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.