published Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

'Idol' judges urge Lauren Alaina Suddeth to stretch vocally

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    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.

Lauren Alaina : Born To Fly - Sara Evans : American Idol 21st Century Songs
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Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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jimmyschmidt86 said...

I love and hate Lauren Alaina. I love her because, endearing personality and beauty aside, I have watched her initial audition over and over and I am completely blown away by the power and control in her voice, especially when she sang "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing". Amazing! When she is "on" she is the best singer out of all of them. But, I hate her (more frustration than hate) because she hasn't been able to reach that mark since her audition. Not even once. I loved the judges' comments today. I realize she is young and that the competition is intense, but if Lauren goes back to belting songs out the way she first did, no one will be able to touch her. I can't believe that no one close to her has conveyed this to her yet. WILL SOMEONE PLEASE TELL THIS GIRL THAT SHE IS AMAZING, AND TO QUIT MESSING AROUND?!!???!?!

April 21, 2011 at 12:09 a.m.
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