DISCUSS TONIGHT'S FINALE LIVE WITH OTHER FANS HERE AT 8 P.M.:
Mikalah Gordon, a finalist in Season 4’s “American Idol” competition, is hosting the “AI” championship viewing party tonight in McKenzie Arena.
Area resident Lauren Alaina Suddeth is a finalist with Scott McCreery in competition that will see the winner announced this evening.
Since “Idol,” Gordon has been a contestant on CMT’s “Gone Country 2” and played Dorothy in the production of the musical “Oz” at the Lubbock Memorial Center in Texas.
During “Idol’s” two-hour finale, there will be live cutaways from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater to McKenzie Arena.
Doors open at 7 p.m. “American Idol” airs at 8 p.m. on Fox.
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 ...