Three days after bringing a bit of “American Idol” glamour to Chattanooga, hometown star Lauren Alaina Suddeth will be back in the national spotlight tonight.
The show airs at 8 p.m. on Fox.
Videos of hometown homecomings for the three remaining contestants — Suddeth, Scotty McCreery and Haley Reinhart — will be featured between the finalists’ performances.
Each contestant will perform three songs tonight. The two singers advancing to the championship round May 25 will be revealed Thursday night.
Missy Crutchfield, administrator of the Chattanooga Department of Education, Arts and Culture, estimated there were more than 10,000 people at the “AI” event Saturday in Coolidge Park.
The singer’s events during her trip home included an impromptu visit with tornado victims, a parade and short concert in the park, a parade down Battlefield Parkway to a fans’ rally at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School, and throwing out the first pitch at the Lookouts baseball game.
“What an AWESOME weekend!” the singer’s father, J.J. Suddeth, wrote on Facebook. “Thank you all for giving our baby girl such a great homecoming! We love y’all.”
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 ...