published Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Suddeth performance wins judges’ praise

AMERICAN IDOL: TOP 24: Lauren Alaina, 16, Rossville, GA. CR: Michael Becker / FOX
AMERICAN IDOL: TOP 24: Lauren Alaina, 16, Rossville, GA. CR: Michael Becker / FOX

Lauren Alaina Suddeth drew high praise from “American Idol’s” judges Wednesday night in the first live voting round to choose Season 10’s finalists.

She’ll learn tonight whether viewers agreed. “American Idol’s” results show begins at 8 p.m. on Fox.

Suddeth, a sophomore at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School, sang Reba McEntire’s recent hit, “Turn On the Radio.”

Randy Jackson compared her to a hybrid of previous “Idol” winners Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. Steven Tyler called her “the best,” and Jennifer Lopez applauded the performance and said she believed Suddeth had even more potential.

about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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