published Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Lauren Alaina Suddeth's performance 'best of the night'

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    Lauren Alaina Suddeth performs on "American Idol" on March 30. (Contributed by Michael Becker/ Fox)

With judge Jennifer Lopez proclaiming her performance "best of the night," Rossville's Lauren Alaina Suddeth sang "Candle in the Wind" as "American Idol's" remaining 11 contestants took on songs by Sir Elton John.

Lopez also said the 16-year-old looked and sounded gorgeous and was "amazing." Judge Randy Jackson said the song was "very nice, very sensitive and very hot." He said it was "one of the great Lauren Alaina performances on the ["American Idol"] stage. Judge Steven Tyler called the performance "just perfect" and told her he had loved her "since the first moment you laid eyes on me."

Paul McDonald of Nashville, whose mother is a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga instructor, sang a breathy "Rocket Man," a 1972 hit by John.

Jackson said the version had a couple of "pitchy" moments, but the singer had a "quiet comfort" about him and was "very infectious." Lopez wondered if he was "holding back" and encouraged him to push further in his upper register of notes. Tyler said he liked his voice and the character he brought to songs.

Since the judges used their one "save" last week, two singers will go home this week in tonight's live Fox results show.

Get all the Lauren Alaina Suddeth news right here.

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mymy said...

Randy's vote for best performance of the night, on the other hand, went to Casey's rumored gal pal Haley, who without a doubt gave her best performance of the season so far singing "Bennie and the Jets."


March 31, 2011 at 8:32 a.m.
mymy said...

Lauren Alaina also showed off her sensitive side on "Candle in the Wind," and we agreed with Randy that it was one of her best performances so far. But is it just us, or is her personality a little annoying sometimes?

March 31, 2011 at 8:37 a.m.
rosebud said...

I prefer to watch karaoke singers live.

March 31, 2011 at 9:47 a.m.
starla said...

I agree, mymy. I realize that she is VERY young. All the more reason to give her a little more time to mature. Seeing the interviews with her parents makes me wonder if they are a Lohan family in the making.

March 31, 2011 at 11:06 a.m.
blaileigh said...

Best of the Night when to Haley and not Lauren Alaina.

Lauren Alaina in one word....BORING!

March 31, 2011 at 12:03 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Lauren can doubt....but the best performance overall....Haley...hands down...and wonder why timesfreepress didnt put all of Tyler's comment to lauren on here?!?!

March 31, 2011 at 12:13 p.m.
mymy said...

Lauren will not survive much longer. She seems like a spoiled little girl that lacks what it takes to be a serious, tough, hard working entertainer. You have to be tough to make it in that business. A good voice will not do it alone. Young or not she does not have the whole package. In time this opportunity may pay off if she can mature, but she is not ready by a long shot.

March 31, 2011 at 1:57 p.m.
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