published Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Lauren Alaina Suddeth called ‘a shining star’

Despite struggling with flu symptoms, Lauren Alaina Suddeth turned that rasp in her voice to her advantage for her performance on tonight’s episode of “American Idol.”

Suddeth belted out Melissa Etheridge’s 1994 hit, “I’m the Only One,” in keeping with the night’s theme of songs from the years the finalists were born.

Jennifer Lopez told her the performance was “very nice, she made the song her own.” Steven Tyler called her “a shining star,” and Randy Jackson said the performance showed the Lauren they knew and loved.

Viewers will learn during Thursday night’s results show who advances and who is sent packing. The show airs at 8 p.m. on FOX.

Host Ryan Seacrest announced that iTunes download sales of the 12 finalists’ performances will be donated to the American Red Cross to assist relief efforts in Japan.

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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