michael ray iliana jordan baird the next 'The Next' winner: Michael Ray, Iliana or Jordan Baird, who won?The CW’s new singing competition show “The Next” crowned its first winner Thursday night (Oct. 4) live from the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Who took home the prize?

After each finalist got a chance to give a final performance — Michael Ray did “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” by Jake Owen, Iliana did “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” by Carole King and Jordan Baird did “So Sick” by Ne-Yo — country singer Michael Ray was named the winner.

Ray, who was discovered in Orlando and mentored by John Rich, now gets a recording contract from Atlantic Records. Did the right singer win?

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."