published Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Lauren Alaina Suddeth breaks into “Idol” Top 5

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    Lauren Alaina performs in front of the judges on "American Idol" April 27 on Fox. Photo by Fox/Michael Becker

Despite tornado-related power disruptions on her home turf this week, Rossville’s Lauren Alaina Suddeth survived another week on “American Idol.”

Suddeth, who sang Carole King’s “Where You Lead” on Wednesday, is in the show’s Top 5 as “Idol” enters its final month.

Voted off the show Thursday was Casey Abrams, a bluesy California resident who was saved by the judges after a previous brush with elimination.

Suddeth, 16, attends Lakeview-Fort Orglethorpe High School. Much of North Georgia was being pummeled by tornados Wednesday night as “Idol” voters nationwide placed their votes.

During the Thursday show, Suddeth said all of her family members in the area are safe. She said she was “sending out love to everyone who had to go through that.” She said being away from her friends and family is the hardest thing about appearing on “American Idol.”

In response to a question from “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest about her emotional roller-coaster on the show, Suddeth said, “I need to a little more grateful and not worry about the negative stuff.”

about Mark Kennedy...

Mark Kennedy is a Times Free Press columnist and editor. He writes the "LIfe Stories" human interest column for the City section and the "Family Life" column for the Life section. He also writes an automotive column, “Test Drive,” for the Business section. For 13 years, Kennedy was features editor of the newspaper, and before that he was the newspaper’s first Sunday editor. The Times Free Press Life section won the state press award for ...

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