Lauren Alaina Suddeth performs on "American Idol" on March 30. (Contributed by Michael Becker/ Fox)
With judge Jennifer Lopez proclaiming her performance "best of the night," Rossville's Lauren Alaina Suddeth sang "Candle in the Wind" as "American Idol's" remaining 11 contestants took on songs by Sir Elton John.
Lopez also said the 16-year-old looked and sounded gorgeous and was "amazing." Judge Randy Jackson said the song was "very nice, very sensitive and very hot." He said it was "one of the great Lauren Alaina performances on the ["American Idol"] stage. Judge Steven Tyler called the performance "just perfect" and told her he had loved her "since the first moment you laid eyes on me."
Paul McDonald of Nashville, whose mother is a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga instructor, sang a breathy "Rocket Man," a 1972 hit by John.
Jackson said the version had a couple of "pitchy" moments, but the singer had a "quiet comfort" about him and was "very infectious." Lopez wondered if he was "holding back" and encouraged him to push further in his upper register of notes. Tyler said he liked his voice and the character he brought to songs.
Since the judges used their one "save" last week, two singers will go home this week in tonight's live Fox results show.
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Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...