And the next Gulf Coast Idol is...

Meet your Gulf Coast Idol 2018 winners

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Edward Corley, the 26-year-old from Hattiesburg who tickled the ivories just as well as he sang, walked away with the Gulf Coast Idol crown Tuesday night at IP Resort in Biloxi.

Along with a $2,500 cash prize, Corley also received the coveted silver ticket that advances him to the front of the line at an American Idol audition before the show’s executive producers.

Corley managed to stand out to the judges in a crowd of talented singers and musicians. Also walking away with a $2,500 prize from the IP Resort was our “Fan Favorite” Katie Jones, who accumulated the most votes in our online contest.

Here’s a look at the exciting moment when the winners were announced.

Watch as the 2018 Gulf Coast Idol winners are announced

The WLOX Facebook page was the place to see all the backstage interviews with each of the contestants right after they performed Tuesday night.

WATCH LIVE: We're backstage at the Gulf Coast Idol Finals! Stay tuned as we talk to each of the contestants after they perform for our judges.

Posted by WLOX-TV on Tuesday, October 16, 2018

More than a hundred people auditioned for Gulf Coast Idol, and our judges narrowed the field down to their ten favorite performers who faced off Tuesday night.

Thank you to all of our contestants, especially our very talented top ten, for all your hard work entertaining us this month! And don’t forget to watch the next season of American Idol on WLOX ABC.

Edward Corley, the 26-year-old from Hattiesburg who tickled the ivories just as well as he sang, walked away with the Gulf Coast Idol crown Tuesday night at IP Resort in Biloxi. Also walking away with a $2,500 prize was our "Fan Favorite" Katie Jones.
Edward Corley, the 26-year-old from Hattiesburg who tickled the ivories just as well as he sang, walked away with the Gulf Coast Idol crown Tuesday night at IP Resort in Biloxi. Also walking away with a $2,500 prize was our "Fan Favorite" Katie Jones. (Photo source: WLOX)

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