Rossville's Suddeth is 'Idol' season 10 runner-up

Rossville's Suddeth is 'Idol' season 10 runner-up

June 1st, 2011 by Katie Ward in Catoosa

Lauren Alaina Suddeth's "Nana" [paternal grandmother Linda Stephens], Lauren's aunt Christie Suddeth and Lauren's first cousin Jake Suddeth, from left, wait for the season finale of "American Idol" to begin May 25 at a private watch party for family, friends and media inside Rossville's Renaissance Center. Photo by Katie Ward

ERMC president and CEO Emerson Russell hosted a packed house inside his Rossville Renaissance Center welcoming friends, family and media to a private watch party for the final "American Idol" episode with Lauren Alaina Suddeth May 25.

Lauren Alaina won runner-up out of 100,000 people that tried out for the show. North Carolina's Scotty McCreery took home first place in the finals.

Among the Rossville watch party guests were Lauren's maternal grandfather Benny Ervin and great uncle Gene Ervin, paternal grandmother Linda Stephens, aunt Christie Suddeth and first cousin Jake Suddeth.

"My stomach has been in knots since TMZ announced that she may not sing," said Jake Suddeth, of Lauren's vocal cord injury. "I'm her biggest fan. I love her, that's my baby. I am about sick of her being in California. I think she will move to Nashville after 'American Idol.'"