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SUSAN PIERCE: Tonight’s episode of “American Idol” will show America that nobody can throw a homecoming parade like Chattanooga. I’ve watched YouTube videos of the other two finalists’ parades and concerts, and they certainly didn’t have as scenic a locale as hometown star Lauren Alaina Suddeth.

Rossville’s Lauren Alaina Suddeth appeared to get the fright of her life Thursday night when “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest pulled one of his weekly feints in telling her that ... unfortunately ... she would have to put up with the judges for another week.

Idol Chatter: Our picks to win 'American Idol'

Features staff members make their predictions

SUSAN PIERCE: More than 100,000 aspiring singers auditioned for Season 9 of "American Idol," and tonight we're down to two: Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox.

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