published Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Lauren Alaina Suddeth coming if she makes the final three this week

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    Lauren Alaina performs "Unchained Melody" on "American Idol." Michael Becker/Fox

American Idol officials have confirmed to Chattanooga city officials that should local contestant Lauren Alaina Suddeth make it through Wednesday night’s voting, the 16-year-old Rossville, Ga., resident will travel to Chattanooga Friday and appear at Coolidge Park on Saturday afternoon.

Results of the voting will be announced on Thursday night’s episode of “American Idol.”

The exact schedule of Suddeth’s visit and appearance will not be finalized until later in the week, according to Melissa Turner, communications director with the Department of Education, Arts & Culture.

The preliminary plan is that Suddeth will appear for a meet-and-greet at Coolidge Park at noon.

“She will sing,” Turner said. She could also make another singing appearance at another public venue either Friday or Saturday night, she said.

Idol and Chattanooga officials are urging people to cast their votes Wednesday night from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. either by phone, text or online at The show airs from 8-9:30 p.m. on the Fox network.

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about Barry Courter...

Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

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timesfreepress said...

Would you attend Lauren Alaina Suddeth's concert at Coolidge Park if she comes to Chattanooga this weekend?

May 10, 2011 at 10:16 a.m.
hrtofluv said...

YES!!!!!! I will go see her wherever she performs locally!

May 10, 2011 at 10:29 a.m.
ctfpfan08 said...

She'll only come if she makes it to the final three? So, basically, she's BRIBING US for votes. And I thought she was coming to do a BENEFIT concert for the tornado victims. Nice. I think I just changed my mind about voting AND seeing her in concert...EVER.

May 10, 2011 at 10:40 a.m.
ctfpfan08 said...

bdixon, I understand. However, her representative was quoted saying she's so "torn up" about it all and "Suddeth wants to make sure she helps out her hometown".

All I'm saying is now there's a condition. And I think it's wrong.

And I've just spent way more time on this than I ever wanted to. LOL! ;^)

May 10, 2011 at 11:21 a.m.
timesfreepress said...

ctfpfan08, Lauren performing in Chattanooga this Saturday is dependent on her being in the final three. If she were to get voted off on Thursday, she would go to New York to do interviews as a guest on various television networks. That is the norm for all contestants the week they're voted off.

May 10, 2011 at 3:40 p.m.
PMac said...

Why Chattanooga -- why would she not come to Fort Oglethorpe -- where she goes to school or why not Rossville -- that is where she lives -- do not understand

May 11, 2011 at 11:25 a.m.
dao1980 said...

I'd like to see her play the drums to all of these karaoke covers whilst singing them... now that would be talent!

May 11, 2011 at 11:27 a.m.
spendy said...

It's o.k. to be jealous of a star, but a child? Give me a break people. This girl is naturally talented with a BIG career ahead of her. I am proud that she's representing the South as well as she has to date. She will be performing at her school (LFO) when she comes to town this weekend as I'm sure she will make it to the final 2 (Suddeth/Durbin.

May 11, 2011 at 11:48 a.m.
tlstaz6543 said...

It was never Lauren that said this would be a benefit concert. Of course she is upset and worried about her hometown but that tidbit of information was brought on by someone in the media that heard a little and ran with it. Her coming here this weekend is not in her hands, it's up to the voters and AI.

May 11, 2011 at 12:12 p.m.
sage1 said...

ctfpfan08: No YOUR the one that is wrong. Wrong to think you know the mind of another person and to put down a 16 year old person you know nothing about that is living her dream. You are a very small person with a very large ego. Oh, I doubt if anyone other than yourself gives one little whit whether you vote or go to any concerts. indian: same goes for you. PMac: Has anyone in those areas organized a concert? Or do you expect her to do that for you too? dao1980: Is your real name "Richard"?

May 12, 2011 at 6:20 a.m.
PMac said...

To Sage1 -- I was asking a question. Why Chattanooga? Yes I am sure FT. Oglethorpe has organized a concert and Rossville -- that is her hometown -- not Chattanooga or mabye I am wrong -- did she move?????-- Never did I say she should do that too --

May 12, 2011 at 9:35 a.m.
dao1980 said...


dao = my initials 1980 = the year I was born

Nope, no R's in there for Richard, good try though.

May 12, 2011 at 11:12 a.m.
Winner said...



May 13, 2011 at 7:04 a.m.
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