MILFORD - Connecticut is home to the newest "American Idol."

Nick Fradiani, of Guilford, won the 14th season of the singing competition last night.

The 29-year-old topped 22-year-old Clark Beckham. The victory prize includes a record deal.

Fradiani is also the lead singer of a pop and rock band from Milford called Beach Avenue. The band is named after a local street where the group once lived.

Milford residents who followed Fradiani's story say he is an example of dreams coming true. They say his father used to sing at local clubs, too.

Fradiani is the first "American Idol" winner from Connecticut.