American Idol finalist Alejandro Aranda may have lost, but fans at Pomona watch party love him – Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

American Idol finalist Alejandro Aranda may have lost, but fans at Pomona watch party love him - Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

American Idol finale recap: Who won Season 17 – Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy or Madison VanDenburg? [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]

After Alejandro Aranda of Pomona performed his original song Out Loud Sunday night, fans at the Fox Theater in his hometown gave him a standing ovation as they watched the 24-year-old perform on the American Idol finale via the venues big screen.

Moments later, the crowd of more than 100 Alejomies moaned as competitor Laine Hardy was named the winner of the reality singing contest.

8:10 p.m. – Ryan explains the rules: Each contestant will sing twice. At that point, a snapshot of the votes will be taken and whoever is in third place at that point will be eliminated. Votes will continue to stream in for the two finalists for the remainder of the night. Up first is Laine singing “Home” by Marc Broussard. It’s a dirty, funky rock song and works right into Laine’s comfort zone. He’s a bit stiff on stage and looks as if he’s reading the lyrics off a teleprompter. This was a little lukewarm for me. Laine fans probably enjoy it but I don’t see him winning over more with this performance. Nonetheless, the judges are on their feet. Katy tells Laine if he applies himself he will be one of the biggest stars on this planet. Luke was more interested in talking about boots and didn’t say much about the performance. Lionel reminds everyone he begged Laine to join the competition months ago and described the song he just performed as “Nasty.” To be clear, that’s a compliment.

Hes still our winner. Hes still our humble genius, said Brigette Martinez, of Rancho Cucamonga, as she walked away after the announcement.

Martinez who was born and raised in Pomona said the results are bittersweet. I think this is just the beginning, hes shown us what he can do, she said.

Even though Aranda didnt take home the title of American Idol Sunday night, fans still showed support for the singer/songwriter throughout the evening, cheering whenever he was mentioned or when he performed during the three-hour-long show. And an hour into the show, when Aranda made it to the top two, some fans ran between aisles, hugging each other and shouting Pomona.

Laine, who won the real-time vote Sunday by singing Marc Broussards Home and Hank Williamss Jambalaya, definitely wasnt the most risk-taking artist of the top three (that would be runner-up Alejandro, who competed Sunday with two lovely original songs, Millennial Love and Tonight). Nor was Laine the best technical vocalist (that would be third-placer Madison, who belted power ballads by divas Kelly Clarkson and Lady Gaga and finally had her emotional breakthrough tonight with Shallow). But he was undoubtedly the heartthrob of the bunch, and probably the most marketable. This guys going to sell a lot of records (and a lot of his new merch) and break a lot of hearts. And maybe he will be a superstar, and maybe it will take a lot less time than five years.

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Pomona resident Lorraine Flores was one of the fans in attendance Sunday evening. Carrying a poster, she proclaimed she had the Alejandro epidemic. Flores couldnt get enough of Aranda.

Other finale highlights included totally robbed top six contestant Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon dueting with Katy on a lovely Unconditionally; blind contestant Shayy reprising her Rise Up audition song hand-in-hand with Andra Day while a tearful Lionel looked on; stankfaced top 10 showman Uché spectacularly getting his groove on with Kool & The Gang to Hollywood Swinging; and Stevie Nickss prediction that Alejandro would go on to play with orchestras actually coming true, as he performed his goosebump-raising Hollywood Week original 10 Years accompanied by a woolly-hatted symphony. In the finales most touching moment, a Pomona childrens choir sang Alejandros composition Out Loud and reduced him, and probably everyone watching, to tears.

His music is just life-changing, its so soothing, she said. All of us have gone through heartbreaks, hes brave enough to put it out there.

Alejandro Aranda performs as fans cheer and wave their cell phones as they watch him compete on the “American Idol” finale on the big screen at the Fox Theater in Pomona on Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Hardy, who previously appeared last season, originally didnt want to audition again. Instead, he accompanied a friend to the Idol audition and was encouraged by judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie to give it another shot.

Alejandro Aranda fans Lorraine Flores, left, and Stephen Allen both of Pomona, cheer as they watch him sing on the “American Idol” finale on the big screen at the Fox Theater in Pomona on Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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Alejandro Aranda performs as fans cheer and wave their cell phones as they watch him compete on the “American Idol” finale on the big screen at the Fox Theater in Pomona on Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

After weeks of heated competition, themed musical nights, nerve-wracking live performances and emotional backstories, a new American Idol winner was crowned Sunday evening.

Fans lined up more than an hour before the doors opened so they could get good seats to watch Alejandro Aranda compete on the finale of “American Idol” at a watch party at the Fox Theater in Pomona on Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Nastasi remembered VanDenburg singing as a little girl with her older sister, Taylor. VanDenburg learned piano and singing starting at age 8 from Ginger Miller, a close family friend. She added on guitar at 10. By the time she was 12, VanDenburg was playing to crowds of hundreds and receiving standing ovations. At age 15, VanDenburg formed a duo, and then a full band, with some of Millers family members.

Alejandro Aranda fans watch as the first vote is reviled live during American Idol’s The Grand Finale on the big screen at Pomona Fox Theater in Pomona on Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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Virginia Cantrell, 21, of Pomona, cheers as Alejandro Aranda is introduced on the finale of “American Idol,” which the Fox Theater in Pomona broadcast on a big screen on Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

The teen wowed the celebrity judges with her powerful renditions of “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper and “Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson. After VanDenburg was eliminated, she performed “Speechless” by Dan and Shay – her audition song for the show.

Alejandro Aranda fans show their support with a large sign during a watch party for the finale of “American Idol” at the Fox Theater in Pomona on Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Video: Alejandro Aranda Sings Original Song “Millennial Love” – American Idol 2019 Finale

Pomona stores show Alejandro Aranda some love in their windows along 2nd Street before Aranda competed on the finale of “American Idol” on Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

American Idol came to a close on Sunday night with a performance-filled, three-hour finale. It was down to Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy and Madison VanDenberg as the final three contestants. After each contestant sang twice, the bottom vote getter was eliminated. The final two then had to duke it out over the course of the three-hour episode. Judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan were on hand for feedback.

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Ingrid Cantrell, of Pomona, watches the big screen in the Fox Theater in Pomona as Alejandro Aranda sings his first song of the night during the finale of “American Idol” on Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Next, Aranda sang an original song titled “Millennial Love.” Aranda has taken a lot of risks this season by performing original songs, and it always pays off. His songwriting skills are as impressive as his vocal abilities, and it makes for very memorable performances. It was an intensely vulnerable performance, and all three judges were blown away.

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A young fan votes on his cell phone for Alejandro Aranda as he competes on the finale of “American Idol” on Sunday, May 19, 2019. The Fox Theater in Pomona held a watch party. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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Prior to Sunday’s broadcast, TVLine readers predicted that either Aranda or Hardy would win, with both singers getting 44 percent of the vote. But when it came to which singer should win, Aranda led by a mile, proving that even fans of Idol believe that the show’s results often don’t match up with the contestants’ talents. VanDenburg, meanwhile, was expected to finish in third place.

I was like, Listen to him sing, she recounted. To me hes a genius – he writes and sings his own songs – hes so talented.

So, how accurate did our readers’ predictions turn out to be? Let’s gets to the results… VanDenburg was the first to be eliminated, as predicted, though I thought it was a little cruel to make her perform with Dan + Shay after getting the boot. (Maybe the producers should have planned all of these duets to happen earlier?)

While she typically watches the show with other friends at their home, Ruiz said she came to the Fox Theater Sunday evening to support the Pomona native.

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Hes got this, stated Ruiz, who was sporting a baby blue shirt with an image of Aranda which she said she bought Tuesday during his homecoming visit.

“AMERICAN IDOL” 2019 WINNER PREDICTIONS: Alejandro Aranda has been the primary front-runner since the beginning of the season. His audition went viral and he has put his own spin on songs week after week. He has also performed a number of his own, original pieces. But, if anyone else has a chance, it’s Laine Hardy, who is a comeback contestant. Hardy was a contestant on the show last season but didn’t make it nearly as far as he did this year. The underdog is Madison VanDenburg. Think she has what it takes to be this season’s winner?

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Pomona celebrated Aranda, a 24-year-old dishwasher who qualified for the shows final three, this past Tuesday with a parade on the streets of downtown, followed by a free concert in front of the Fox Theater. The latter event drew an estimated 7,000 people.

“AMERICAN IDOL” 2019 FINALE PERFORMERS: In addition to the remaining top 3 finalists, the other members of the top 10 will return to the stage to perform. As for the celebrities performing, they include Adam Lambert, Dan + Shay, Jon Pardi, Kane Brown, Kool & the Gang, Weezer, Montell Jordan, Shayy, and Carrie Underwood. Lambert, Underwood, and Shayy have all been contestants on Idol. Last year’s winner, Maddie Poppe, is also set to appear on the show, though she is not listed as a performer.

The day was condensed into a four-minute segment which showed Aranda returning to Pomona not only for the parade but a sweet moment that brought him to tears.

Throughout the season, the singer with country roots has channeled his inner Elvis as he appeared in a shimmering emerald jacket and with an electric guitar slung around his neck for his rendition of Fat Bottomed Girls. He was allowed to indulge his country roots, performing Johnny and June Carter Cashs Jackson with fellow contestant Laci Kaye Booth.

Sitting in the front row of the Fox Theater was Pomona resident Stephen Allen, who said he knew immediately that the local hero could win it all.

Even if Aranda doesnt win it all, hes already been exposed to the world, said Allen, adding that some of the best singers on previous seasons, like Jennifer Hudson, didnt win it.

Hardy started off the show with an Elvis-style pompadour singing Marc Broussards “Home. Judge Katy Perry told him afterward that if he applied himself, “Youll be one of the biggest stars on this planet.

Hes not just singing, hes bringing people together and thats what makes a superstar, Allen said.

Tonight is the 2019 finale of American Idol and there are three contestants left in the competition. Fans will vote for their favorites from the top 3 during the live, coast-to-coast, three-hour finale, from 8 – 11 p.m. ET/5 – 8 p.m. PT/7 – 10 p.m. CT. This means that voting is crucial when it comes to the outcome of this season. This is also the first time that the show has ever handled voting for the winner this way.

Sitting in the front row next to Allen was Flores who acknowledged she was now using Facebook, and even joined Instagram, just so she could hear more of Arandas music. Despite having a broken toe and needing a boot to get around, Flores was at Tuesdays parade and among the first in line Sunday.

During the finale episode tonight, results will be revealed for one of the contestants at a point prior to the ending. So, one of the top 3 will be eliminated prior to the conclusion of the program and their elimination will be based on the results up to that point, according to ABC. Voting remains open throughout the entire show and closes during the last commercial break, as usual.

Chara Swodeck, who lives in the Arts Colony in downtown Pomona, said she has come to the previous watch parties at the Fox Theater and was pleased with Sundays large turnout.

For those who want to cast your vote for contestants online, as written above, you can do so via You will need to create an account for yourself if you do not already have one. Voters must be at least 13 years old and must be located in the U.S., Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands in order to vote on or if you use the American Idol app.

Swodeck had made her own shirt: Alejomies in the style of the logo for the TV show Friends. The phrase, which is used to describe Arandas fans, is a reference to the word homie which Aranda uses.

Even with the disappointing results, fans believed American Idol was only the beginning for Aranda.

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Valente Valenzuela, of Pomona, is confident Aranda is going to get a record contract and become a top-selling artist.

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Valenzuela said he cant wait for Aranda to release an album and would be the first in line to buy it.

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