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Rossville’s Lauren Alaina Suddeth, who finished second on Season 10 of “American Idol,” has a personal style that’s a work in progress.

A year ago this month, Lauren Alaina Suddeth was in Nashville, an unknown Rossville, Ga., teenager among 17,000 aspiring singers hoping to impress the judges of “American Idol.”

Rafael Nadal won his record seventh French Open title, returning to Roland Garros today to defeat Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 in a match that was halted the night before because of rain.

  • Jan. 12th, 1998  |
  • By By RONNIE MOORE Free Press Staff Writer

Lauren Alaina brings Lakeview principal, Terri Vandiver, to 'American Idol' finale

Supporters of Lauren Alaina Suddeth are expected to watch the TV show from McKenzie Arena tonight. Discuss the finale with other fans here live at 8 p.m.

The Reuters news agency reported Tuesday that Lauren Alaina Suddeth was getting nine times more web searches this week on Yahoo! than her finals opponent Scotty McCreery.

You don’t have to look further than a Chattanooga boutique to find dresses worn by Lauren Alaina Suddeth on “American Idol.”

“American Idol” has given 16-year-old finalist Lauren Alaina Suddeth an opportunity, but now, win or lose, she needs to make smart decisions, say music industry professionals.

Fans almost never got to see a good bit of the footage shot here during “American Idol” finalist Lauren Alaina Suddeth’s return visit here thanks to a misplaced backpack.

The stage is set for a Southern country showdown in "American Idol's" finale Tuesday night.

Three determined singers vying for two spots in “American Idol’s” finale made for one unpredictable competition Wednesday.

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.

“American Idol” finalist Lauren Alaina Suddeth swooped into Chattanooga like a pop diva this weekend. She stepped off a Friday evening flight to a flurry of flashbulbs and fans, and the circus didn’t end there. Film crews followed the 16-year-old Rossville native every minute of her homecoming trip, and thousands of fans saw the singer perform at two venues.

Lauren Alaina Suddeth is just months into her stardom, but on Saturday she looked like an old hand. The “American Idol” finalist and Rossville native drew nearly 10,000 fans to Chattanooga’s Coolidge Park on Saturday.

Better late than never. AT&T Field featured its first “American Idol” star Saturday night when Rossville’s Lauren Alaina Suddeth, one of three finalists this season, threw out the first pitch and sang “God Bless America” before a sold-out crowd of 6,287.

Follow 'American Idol' star throughout the day in her appearances in the Chattanooga area.

The City of Chattanooga advises the following streets will be closed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Lauren Alaina concert today in Coolidge Park.

A little more than a day after 16-year-old Lauren Alaina Suddeth made it into “American Idol’s” top three, Chattanooga will welcome the Rossville singer home with a series of celebrations.

If Rossville’s Lauren Alaina Suddeth has a shot at becoming the winner on television’s “American Idol,” the 16-year-old will have to pull together the maturity, confidence and talent she has shown at points during the season.

American Idol officials have confirmed to Chattanooga city officials that should local contestant Lauren Alaina Suddeth make it through Wednesday night’s voting, the 16-year-old Rossville, Ga., resident will travel to Chattanooga Friday and appear at Coolidge Park on Saturday afternoon.

Lauren Suddeth's Facebook fans have been urging the "American Idol" finalist to tackle a Carrie Underwood song since the start of Season 10. Wednesday night she obliged.

Chattanooga City Council members on Tuesday waived permit fees at Walnut Street Bridge and Coolidge Park for a May 14 concert that may feature “American Idol” star Lauren Alaina Suddeth.

With just five singers and 90 minutes to fill, the Fab Five finalists will each perform a song from the 1960s and one current hit.

With just a month to go in the competition, Lauren Alaina Suddeth tried to vault into the Top 5 on “American Idol” Wednesday with a breakthrough performance of the Carole King classic “Where You Lead.”

The “American Idol” six, minus the departed Stefano Langone, tackle the songs of Carole King this week. That challenge should be especially interesting for rocker James Durbin and country crooner Scotty McCreery but could fit in well with Rossville’s Lauren Alaina Suddeth, Haley Reinhart, Casey Abrams and Jacob Lusk.

Rossville's Lauren Alaina Suddeth advanced into the top six finalists during Thursday night's results round of "American Idol."

"American Idol" revisited hits of the last decade during Wednesday's "Songs of the 21st Century" theme night.

Susan Pierce: Tonight’s “American Idol” finalists will be singing “Songs of the 21st Century.” That’s a broad time span, but it perfectly suits our local contestant, Lauren Alaina Suddeth, because she can draw from current country artists Carrie Underwood or Taylor Swift.

"American Idol" took viewers to the movies in Wednesday night's episode, and if Oscars had been awarded, finalist Paul McDonald would have been a lock for Best Costume.

In today’s issue of USA Today, writer Ken Barnes ranks the remaining eight contestants on “American Idol,” citing Rossville’s Lauren Alaina Suddeth as the only girl with a chance to make the Top 3.

The “American Idol” nation is buzzing this week with the elimination of Pia Toscano, who was certainly a judges’ favorite.

Rossville's Lauren Alaina Suddeth, along with the other 10 "American Idol" finalists who will be touring this summer, is featured in the April 15 issue of "Entertainment Weekly," which hits newsstands today.

Lauren Alaina Suddeth, a 16-year-old from Rossville, Ga., is among the eight contestants still alive on “American Idol” Season 10.

On Wednesday night’s episode of “American Idol,” Gwen Stefani gave the three remaining female finalists a fresh new look with clothing from her L.A.M.B spring 2011 collection, according to Chloe Ellers, “Idol” publicist.

“American Idol’s” tribute to rock and roll legends Wednesday turned up the volume on the nine remaining contestants.

  • April 6th, 2011  |
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So it seems we’re down to cases with our friend Paul McDonald, the “American Idol” contestant whose mother, Susan, teaches at UTC.

Rossville teenager Lauren Alaina Suddeth survived a double-cut night on “American Idol” Thursday. Suddeth was one of nine finalists to earn at least another week on the show after this week’s performances of songs popularized by Sir Elton John.

Rossville's Lauren Alaina Suddeth sang "Candle in the Wind" as "American Idol's" remaining 11 contestants took on songs by Sir Elton John.

Chet and Vikki Prado’s formalwear boutique, The Prado Collection, has dressed women from country singers to prom queens. Now the couple have added a new credit to their name: styling an “American Idol” finalist.

Lauren Alaina Suddeth’s song selection on “American Idol” this week turned out to be prophetic.

Several local benefits held to send Lauren Alaina Suddeth’s cousin, Holly Witherow, to a taping of “American Idol” have paid off.

Rossville’s Lauren Alaina Suddeth hoped to vault into the Top 10 on “American Idol” this week with a sassy performance of the Motown classic “You Keep Me Hanging On.”

I was so proud of our girl Lauren Alaina Suddeth’s comeback last week after a lackluster previous week. While there really wasn’t one performance I thought stood out above the others, I did think Lauren and Stefano Langone were the two best of the evening.

LOS ANGELES — Everybody’s shouting — even Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson.

  • March 22nd, 2011  |
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Friends of the family of Lauren Alaina Suddeth are sponsoring a fundraiser Saturday beginning at noon at Park Place Restaurant, 2891 LaFayette Road in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.

Rossville, Ga.,’s Lauren Alaina Suddeth was the top vote-getter among viewers voting by telephone following Wednesday night’s episode of “American Idol,” according to DialIdol.com

Lauren Alaina Suddeth’s song selection on “American Idol” this week turned out to be prophetic.

Despite struggling with flu symptoms, Lauren Alaina Suddeth turned that rasp in her voice to her advantage for her performance on Wednesday night’s episode of “American Idol.”

Rossville’s Lauren Alaina Suddeth appeared to get the fright of her life Thursday night when “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest pulled one of his weekly feints in telling her that ... unfortunately ... she would have to put up with the judges for another week.

"American Idol" viewers want to hear more from Lauren Alaina Suddeth and Paul McDonald.

LISA DENTON: Susan, I have to tell you that while I’m very happy that Rossville’s Lauren Alaina Suddeth made it into “American Idol’s” final 13, I may be even more excited that Paul McDonald is in the mix. Lauren seemed like a foregone conclusion to me. Even if viewers hadn’t voted her into the finals, I’m certain the judges would have tipped their votes in her favor with a wild-card pick.

With six words — “You are in the top 10” — Ryan Seacrest changed Lauren Alaina Suddeth’s life from typical high school sophomore to television celebrity Thursday night.

Lauren Alaina Suddeth won one of the coveted 12 finalists' spots tonight on "American Idol."

During the judges’ critiques in Wednesday night’s episode of “American Idol,” Randy Jackson described the vocal sound of Lauren Alaina Suddeth of Rossville, Ga., as a hybrid of past “Idol” winners Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

Lauren Alaina Suddeth drew high praise from “American Idol’s” judges Wednesday night in the first live voting round to choose Season 10’s finalists.

The week America has its first say about the talent on the revamped “American Idol” has arrived. Auditions have passed, the Hollywood rounds have passed, the Las Vegas round has passed and the boring, final-24 selection show-and-a-half has passed.

Lauren Alaina Suddeth of Rossville, Ga., sang her way into the Top 50 Thursday night in the third Hollywood Round of “American Idol.”

  • Feb. 17th, 2011  |
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"American Idol" contestant Paul McDonald, whose mother Susan teaches at UTC, vaulted into the Top 24 Wednesday night.

  • Feb. 23rd, 2011  |
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Although he got no face time on last week's episodes of "American Idol," Paul McDonald still is in the running to become a semifinalist on the FOX network's top-rated talent show.

Mike Wild, manager of CiCi's Pizza in Fort Oglethorpe, has to chuckle when he thinks about the sudden success of his weekend employee, Lauren Alaina Suddeth.

Lauren Alaina Suddeth, of Rossville, sang her way into the Top 50 on Thursday night in the third Hollywood Round of "American Idol."

  • Feb. 19th, 2011  |
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Lauren Alaina Suddeth of Rossville, Ga., sang her way into the Top 50 Thursday night in the third Hollywood Round of “American Idol.”

  • Feb. 17th, 2011  |
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Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School student Lauren Alaina (Suddeth) survived another elimination round on “American Idol” Wednesday night.

  • Feb. 16th, 2011  |
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Even the most jaded critics of the record industry might feel a twinge of sympathy for label executives after the kind of week Chattanooga musicians have been having.

"American Idol" has sucked me in again. I had to watch the whole hourlong episode Thursday night before it happened, but the minute I heard 15-year-old Lauren Alaina (Suddeth) of Rossville sing and saw how poised and confident she was onstage

NEW YORK — In their own style, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina are the newest duo on the country scene.

“American Idol” viewers cast a record 122 million-plus votes, but there weren’t enough among them to crown Rossville’s Lauren Alaina the Season 10 champ.

Chattanooga-area resident Lauren Alaina Suddeth tonight lost to Scott McCreery in the "American Idol" finale.

A tightly-strung anticipation was tangible as crowds poured into McKenzie Arena tonight to watch the American Idol finale.

During three months on the “American Idol” stage in Hollywood, Lauren Alaina Suddeth met Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Jack Black, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum and numerous other entertainment A-listers.

“Just friends” insists Lauren Alaina Suddeth about her relationship with “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery.