Lauren Alaina Suddeth coming if she makes the final three this week

Lauren Alaina Suddeth coming if she makes the final three this week

May 10th, 2011 by Barry Courter in Local - Breaking News

Lauren Alaina performs "Unchained Melody" on "American Idol." Michael Becker/Fox

American Idol officials have confirmed to Chattanooga city officials that should local contestant Lauren Alaina Suddeth make it through Wednesday night's voting, the 16-year-old Rossville, Ga., resident will travel to Chattanooga Friday and appear at Coolidge Park on Saturday afternoon.

Results of the voting will be announced on Thursday night's episode of "American Idol."

The exact schedule of Suddeth's visit and appearance will not be finalized until later in the week, according to Melissa Turner, communications director with the Department of Education, Arts & Culture.

The preliminary plan is that Suddeth will appear for a meet-and-greet at Coolidge Park at noon.

"She will sing," Turner said. She could also make another singing appearance at another public venue either Friday or Saturday night, she said.

Idol and Chattanooga officials are urging people to cast their votes Wednesday night from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. either by phone, text or online at www.americanidol.com. The show airs from 8-9:30 p.m. on the Fox network.

Contact Barry Courter at bcourter@timesfreepress.com or at 423-757-6354.