UPDATE: Watch Chesterfield's Shayy Winn sing with her "idol" Andra Day on the "American Idol" finale which aired Sunday, May 19 on ABC.

Laine Hardy was crowned the winner over fan and judge favorite Alejandro Aranda in a surprise upset.

Winn was elimination earlier this season. Watch her performance with Andra Day here:

Original story from May 16, 2019:

Shayy Winn of Chesterfield County is set to return to “American Idol” for the finale Sunday.

The 18-year-old senior in the performing arts program at Thomas Dale High School made it to the top 40 contestants on “American Idol,” but was eliminated in an episode that aired March 31.

Winn suddenly lost her sight in 2017. She discussed that during her audition for the show, when her performance moved celebrity judge Lionel Richie to tears.

She was eliminated after singing a version of Adele’s “All I Ask” at Disney’s Aulani resort in Hawaii that failed to impress the judges.

She is expected to perform on Sunday’s finale with a surprise guest.

The “American Idol” three-hour finale will air at 8 p.m. on ABC.


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Colleen Curran covers arts and entertainment for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She writes the weekly column Top Five Weekend Events.

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