'American Idol' winner Laine Hardy relives final moment

The winner joins "GMA" to discuss his journey on the singing competition and his version of the nerve-wracking moment he was announced the winner.
4:02 | 05/20/19

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I'm here right now with the new "American idol" Laine hardy fresh off his victory last night after a nationwide search and weeks of amazing competition. It all came down to this final nerve-racking moment. Take a look. Of "American idol." Is Laine hardy. And Laine flew all night to join us here in times square. Thank you for being here, Laine. Everybody here is really happy for you, man. I mean, watching it, just watching that moment right there, what went through your head when you heard your name called? My mind went -- blacked out. I don't even know. When Ryan called my name my mind blanked out and I didn't know what to do. I just forgot everything. Even after you forget everything the next thing you do, you have to perform. So you get your name called. You're full of adrenaline, you can't believe it then they hand you a mic and they are like sing for the crowd. They kick you out. Right after you get the results and like, okay. And then I sing and then when the top ten -- the rest of the top ten came out it helped me a lot. Good to have your friends around. Yeah. And this -- not your first time. You tried out last year. You didn't make it into the top Yes, sdmrir what do you think changed between last year and this year? Last year when I got eliminated, I went and played all year and then I went and played guitar for my friend and then I don't even know what happened. Like I don't even know what happened in the last couple of months. You found your own voice. Yes, sir. You worked at your craft which I think is important for people to know. It doesn't just happen and if you don't go through the first time you fight for the next time. You went to the audition because you took a friend who was auditioning. Uh-huh. You didn't even plan on auditioning. I didn't. But you did. I did. What does that friend say now like oh, you owe me, what's up? She's so -- she's -- she's really proud, seriously. She got -- she got kicked off like first round of Hollywood week and was still happy because she got to experience everything, but, yeah, she loves it. It's fine. Now she gets experience all the success through you and throughout all this, outside of you winning it all what was the highlight of this whole process? Being able to meet people and just seeing all kinds of people that I've never met before and I mean, it's -- it's crazy to be able to do this when like five years ago I had no idea what was going to happen with my life and then now I'm doing this. It's crazy. Yeah. Life changes like that. And your life definitely will never be the same but now that the show is over what are your plans? What's next? Now that the show is over, first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to go home and see my mom. Oh, yeah. I miss my mom. My family. My dogs and stuff. For just a couple of case or something then I'll get straight into working on my music and getting it out to my fans. All right. We'll be looking forward though that. But you're smart. Go home and get some home cooking from momma. Yes, sir, best food in the world you'll ever eat. Yes, ma'am, Louisiana. Best food you'll ever eat. Okay. Well, if your mom has an extra plate I'm always available. Oh, sure. Come on. Laine, congratulations, man.

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