published Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Lauren Alaina Suddeth returns to spotlight

Lauren Alaina  views tornado devastation in Ringgold, Ga.
Ray Mickshaw / FOX.
Lauren Alaina views tornado devastation in Ringgold, Ga. Ray Mickshaw / FOX.

Three days after bringing a bit of “American Idol” glamour to Chattanooga, hometown star Lauren Alaina Suddeth will be back in the national spotlight tonight.

The show airs at 8 p.m. on Fox.

Videos of hometown homecomings for the three remaining contestants — Suddeth, Scotty McCreery and Haley Reinhart — will be featured between the finalists’ performances.

Each contestant will perform three songs tonight. The two singers advancing to the championship round May 25 will be revealed Thursday night.

Missy Crutchfield, administrator of the Chattanooga Department of Education, Arts and Culture, estimated there were more than 10,000 people at the “AI” event Saturday in Coolidge Park.

The singer’s events during her trip home included an impromptu visit with tornado victims, a parade and short concert in the park, a parade down Battlefield Parkway to a fans’ rally at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School, and throwing out the first pitch at the Lookouts baseball game.

“What an AWESOME weekend!” the singer’s father, J.J. Suddeth, wrote on Facebook. “Thank you all for giving our baby girl such a great homecoming! We love y’all.”

More: All about Lauren Alaina Suddeth

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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hcirehttae said...

Is 15 minutes up yet?

May 18, 2011 at 10:38 a.m.
dao1980 said...

"C'mon hunny, you've gotta cry a little for us." "Alright, she's ready, get the camera up!"

May 18, 2011 at 10:51 a.m.
SilenceDogood11 said...

dao1980, curious how many other residents of our town you believe aren't genuinely heartbroken at the devastation they see from what used to be our town. Especially when you see it for the first time. Guess some people have to find a way to try and bridge the gap between themselves and those who are experiencing success. At the expense of a national disaster nonetheless.

May 18, 2011 at 11:19 a.m.
dao1980 said...

;( I'm sad... Does that make you feel happy?

May 18, 2011 at 11:23 a.m.
SilenceDogood11 said...

I think nobody caring one way or the other about your feelings is more than likely exactly your problem. Sorry to see you take that frustration out on a 16 year old girl who doesn't know you exist.

May 18, 2011 at 11:31 a.m.
dao1980 said...

Sorry, sometimes it's just too much fun being a silly jerk.

The inner child in me loves to "spook the geese" when they all huddle together.

It's nothing personal ; )

May 18, 2011 at 11:37 a.m.
ccarino6 said...

Just remember when you spook the geese you scatter the flock and you just might be the one who need them someday so beware of you silly way :)

May 18, 2011 at 4:08 p.m.
Winner said...

She gave up her right to be "just a 16 year old girl" when she stepped into the spotlight. Stop using that as a crutch. The truth is that she is a VERY moderately talented singer, which to her defense, is more than enough to win American Idol. It's no coincidence that most of the people who do well on American Idol wind up not living up to the hype.

May 18, 2011 at 8:01 p.m.
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