published Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Lauren Alaina Suddeth advances to 'Idol" final four

Rossville's Lauren Alaina Suddeth advanced to "American Idol's" final four Thursday night ... but just barely.

For the first time this season, Suddeth was in danger of elimination.

After 60 million votes were cast by viewers, according to host Ryan Seacrest, Suddeth and R&B singer Jacob Lusk,23, of California, were the bottom two of the five remaining contestants.

As each contestant learned their results, taped interviews with record producer Jimmy Iovine were shown in which he critiqued that contestant's performance on Wednesday's episode.

The producer praised Suddeth's first song, Carrie Underwood's "Flat on the Floor," but not her second.

Of her performance of "Unchained Melody," Iovine said "Lauren pulled back on the biggest moment of the song. Her fear is her Achilles' heel and could be what keeps her out of the finals."

A tearful Suddeth waited, biting her lip and trying to remain composed, while Seacrest prolonged the suspense before announcing that Lusk was leaving and the local teen would return to sing another day.

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melton1965 said...

Im so happy lauren made it to the final 4 she desires to win it she can sing better than any body on that stage .The only one that even comes close is scotty.i think james and haley need to go I cann't even sing but i could get up there and hollow and make no since and cry afer every song. Knock eberyone socks off next week Lauren you deserve to win

May 5, 2011 at 11:47 p.m.
shankylane said...

I am also glad that Lauren made it again. I like Scotty also and I think James and Haley need to be eliminated before Scotty or Lauren. Way to go Lauren, you can do it.

May 6, 2011 at 12:10 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

I actually think Scotty needs to go next. I know that a lot of the ladies love him, but he does the same thing every week. Grant it he is going to sell a TON of country albums....NOt a big fan a James either. Singing is about more than just seeing how high you can scream...its beginning to wear on me. As far as Haley goes...she tore it up on House of the Rising Sun and has improved each and every week. I think the final two should be Lauren and James...

May 6, 2011 at 8:14 a.m.
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