"American Idol" viewers want to hear more from Lauren Alaina Suddeth and Paul McDonald.
Both "AI" contestants with local ties advanced to the Round of 11 finalists during Thursday night's episode on Fox network. Host Ryan Seacrest noted that both singers had been battling the flu this week, but still gave performances that drew praise from the judges. Relatives of Suddeth told the Times Free Press that she was given IV treatment for dehydration Wednesday until shortly before showtime.
Suddeth is the daughter of J.J. and Kristy Suddeth of Rossville. McDonald is the son of Susan McDonald, an instructor at UTC. Both mothers were in the audience Thursday night as their children received the good news they had advanced.
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 ...