There was good news/bad news Thursday night for the two "American Idol" contestants with Chattanooga ties.
Paul McDonald, the raspy-voiced singer with the megawatt smile, became the first guy to be voted out of the finalists by viewers. His mother, Susan McDonald, is an instructor at UTC.
Rossville's Lauren Alaina Suddeth, daughter of Kristy and J.J. Suddeth, advanced to sing another week. Suddeth fought back tears as McDonald sang his swan song at the show's conclusion.
"It's been fun - a good ride," McDonald told host Ryan Seacrest upon learning his fate. "Good times There's nothing to be sad about."
Seacrest said 53 million votes were cast by viewers following Wednesday night's episode of the Fox network's hit show.