American Idol Winner Laine Hardy Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Says He's 'Home Recovering'

Hardy first competed on Idol a year prior to winning, but he only made it to the top 50. He wasn't planning on auditioning for the show a second time, but he was swayed by judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie to give it another try while accompanying a friend on her audition.

"He got good," Perry, 35, said during his unplanned audition. "What's your problem? Why don’t you want to come back? Take this ticket. You found your confidence!"

Taking that golden ticket to Hollywood turned out to be a huge blessing (and lesson!) to Hardy.

"Just don't give up," said Hardy. "I mean, you just can't give up. You never know what's going to happen. If I didn't take that golden ticket I wouldn't be here right now."

Hardy will next release acoustic versions of "Ground I Grew Up On" and "Let There Be Country" on Friday to "say thanks" to his fans who have shown the singles support, he wrote on Instagram. He's also slated to perform the songs Thursday over livestream during one of the two dates he added to his virtual tour, though it's unclear if his coronavirus diagnosis has changed things.

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