Suddeth advances in 'Idol'


photo Lauren Alaina Suddeth, 16, of Rossville, is a contestant on "American Idol."

With six words - "You are in the top 10" - Ryan Seacrest changed Lauren Alaina Suddeth's life from typical high school sophomore to television celebrity Thursday night.

Suddeth was the first female to nab one of the 13 coveted finalist spots on the Fox network's 10th season of "American Idol." She is the first area resident to sing her way to the finals, and the second vocalist with local ties to achieve it. Lee University alumnus Phil Stacey was a Season 6 finalist, but lived in Florida when selected.

"I knew she could do it!" said Paula Steele, of Flintstone, Ga., a friend of the Suddeth family.