Lauren Alaina: No Voice? No Problem!

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Following a vocal chord injury that left this finalist perilously close to not competing, Lauren Alaina took to the stage and told viewers "I'm fine." But she concluded the night a lot better than that.

Thanks to a concluding number of "Like My Mother Does," sang to her actual mother in the crowd, Alaina left an impression that had all the judges practically crowning her champion.

"With that song, you may have just won," J. Lo gushed. "You sang it beautifully. It was perfect for you."

Check out the performance now, followed by Lauren's first two from the finale - "Maybe It Was Memphis" and "Flat on the Floor" - and sound off: is this the next American Idol?

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Laurens song was just so beautiful it made me cry and she reminds me so much of my sister raven when my sister sings.... what really got me was when scotty came out on stage after her song and told lauren SHE WAS BEAUTiFUL! thats just made the night even better... they would make such a cute couple.. and maybe we will see a kiss from them tonight =) ! i love both lauren and scotty so either way i really dont care who wins but it really looks like it could be lauren! =)

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she did a very good job even with her voice problems, im soooo glad that didnt bring haily back to replace her if they did that i would of never watched american idol ever again. go lauren u are amazing person and have a beautiful heart.

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Lauren's song was so beautiful and touching, based on this she definitely deserves to win. She positively shone as she sang to her mother. I'm not a sentimental person but she totally won me over with it!

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Go lauren! Your last song was so heart-touching!

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]
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