Lauren Alaina performs Sara Evans' "Born To Fly" on "American Idol" on April 20. Michael Becker/Fox
Rossville's Lauren Alaina Suddeth advanced into the top six finalists during Thursday night's results round of "American Idol."
Suddeth, daughter of J.J. and Kristy Suddeth, sang Sara Evans' "Born to Fly" during Wednesday night's competition.Host Ryan Seacrest said 52 million votes were cast following that episode.
Sent packing was 22-year-old Stefano Langone. Langone was Judge Jennifer Lopez's wild-card pick for the top 13 finalists and managed to survive elimination longer than some of the 10 singers originally selected as finalists.
"I'm so blessed, I can't complain," Langone said. "It's the start of my career."
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 ...