Is Lauren Alaina the Only One?

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Lauren Alaina was among the American Idol finalists who performed with the flu last night.

But the resulting, smokey sound may have actually helped this 16-year old with her rendition of Melissa Etheridge's "I'm the Only One."

Thanks to a confident stage presence and a well-trained voice, Alaina earned a wild ovation from the crowd, along with the label of a "shining star" from Steven Tyler. Said Jennifer Lopez, simply and accurately:

"That's staying true to the melody and framework of the song but still giving it your own flavor. Very good job."

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She is very young but "Ability is Ageless" as the saying goes. She will learn everything else she needs to and probably very quickly. I applaud her talent. She definitely has something special. If she was in a concert, I would definitely go.


I think she's doing amazing. She is the sweetest person and anyone who talks bad about her would feel horrible if they met her in person...


I wonder if she knows what the song is really about?


This girl has maturity issues. She is not ready for the big time. She is literally a 10 year old in a 16 years old body. If she makes it big time, I predict Britney like behavior. They should have given her a few more years to mature before bringing her on Idol.


She has great hair! Truly the best wavy curly hair ever. Congratulations to her. She can sing as well.