With judge Jennifer Lopez proclaiming her performance "best of the night," Rossville's Lauren Alaina Suddeth sang "Candle in the Wind" as "American Idol's" remaining 11 contestants took on songs by Sir Elton John.
Lopez also said the 16-year-old looked and sounded gorgeous and was "amazing." Judge Randy Jackson said the song was "very nice, very sensitive and very hot." He said it was "one of the great Lauren Alaina performances on the ["American Idol"] stage. Judge Steven Tyler called the performance "just perfect" and told her he had loved her "since the first moment you laid eyes on me."
Paul McDonald of Nashville, whose mother is a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga instructor, sang a breathy "Rocket Man," a 1972 hit by John.
Jackson said the version had a couple of "pitchy" moments, but the singer had a "quiet comfort" about him and was "very infectious." Lopez wondered if he was "holding back" and encouraged him to push further in his upper register of notes. Tyler said he liked his voice and the character he brought to songs.
Since the judges used their one "save" last week, two singers will go home this week in tonight's live Fox results show.
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