'Idol' judges urge Lauren Alaina Suddeth to stretch vocally

'Idol' judges urge Lauren Alaina Suddeth to stretch vocally

April 20th, 2011 by Susan Pierce in Life Entertainment

Lauren Alaina performs Sara Evans' "Born To Fly" on "American Idol" on April 20. Michael Becker/Fox

"American Idol" revisited hits of the last decade during Wednesday's "Songs of the 21st Century" theme night.

Rossville's Lauren Alaina Suddeth stayed true to her country roots, taking on Sara Evans' 2001 hit, "Born to Fly." Suddeth turned in a solid performance,which the judges praised. But all three judges shared the opinion that the 16-year-old was still holding back, not unleashing her vocal power because she didn't yet have the confidence in herself to do so.

It was a message to believe in herself that Suddeth had heard earlier from record producer Jimmy Iovine in her mentoring session,

"Not everybody has so much color in their voice," said Jennifer Lopez, who encouraged Suddeth to "reach for the big notes. You can do that!"

Steven Tyler suggested she try singing songs of country stars Faith Hill, Alison Krauss or Shania Twain.

Randy Jackson told Suddeth, "You can sing anything, but you must believe that. Challenge yourself, Lauren."

The seven remaining finalists learn who advances Thursday night at 8 p.m. on Fox.