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Lauren Alaina selected Miley Cyrus' "The Climb" on American Idol because "it's about a young girl struggling to reach her dreams." Will Lauren reach hers?

The inspirational hit song's top notes are slightly outside the best part of this aspiring singer's range, but she does a commendable job of it live, overall.

The judges liked it and so, we're guessing, will voters. In fact, before she even got out there, Jimmy Iovine called her a "much better singer" than Miles.

Do you agree? Compare it with Miley Cyrus' version below and vote:

Who sings "The Climb" better?

 

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Lauren Alaina chose an Aretha Franklin classic last night and the young American Idol hopeful held her own on "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman."

Seriously, that's not an easy choice for a 16-year-old.

Randy said it's one of the most difficult songs selected by the final nine, and that while he wasn't jumping up and down, he thought she did a good job.

His fellow judges were more impressed: "Tonight, you are a natural-born woman," Steven says. "I love your voice." "She's amazing," Jennifer added.

Is she a natural? Take a look below and decide:

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Lauren Alaina tackled an iconic Elton John single last night, the track this singer revised in honor of Princess Diana.

It was a challenge for the American Idol finalist, but one that may have turned her into a season 10 contender.

Giving the ballad a unique sound via her country twang, Alaina earned overflowing praise from the judges. Randy referred to the cover as "sensitive," while Steven said it was perfect and J. Lo gushed: "You were gorgeous... That was it, baby. That was amazing."

Do we have a new front runner?

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Who needs a stage?

Lauren Alaina quickly abandoned it this week, sauntering around to the audience and singing her cover of a Supremes single ("You Keep Me Hangin' On") directly to the judges at times.

The county twang in Lauren's voice goes well with this Motown selection, as Randy offered up nothing but praise to the young contestant: "She's now got her swagger on. She's ready! She's ready!"

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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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Praise doesn't get much higher than what was heaped upon Lauren Alaina last night.

Following this 16-year old's rendition of a Reba McIntyre country hit ("Turn on the Radio"), Randy Jackson told the aspiring singer that she has "natural talent." He then compared her to "a cross between" Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. Wow.

Does Alaina remind you of Idol's two most successful champions? How does she stack up against Pia Toscano? Watch Lauren in action now and gauge her chance to go all the way...

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The newly-named top 24 on American Idol only have a few days to savor this accomplishment. Starting on Tuesday night with the men, they'll go head-to-head for your vote.

For Lauren Alaina and Naima Adedapo, this means Wednesday evening will mark their first opportunity to truly go against one another. Well, second actually.

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Below, we've matched up the 16-year old Georgia native with the 26-year old mother from Milkwaukee. Both are talented, but you can only vote for one: Which has the best chance to go all the way this season?

And the Winner is?

Lauren Alaina and Naima Adedapo are officially American Idol enemies. Which of these semifinalists has the best chance to claim the season 10 title? View Poll »

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What do you get when you cross an emotional backstory with a cute personality and an incredible singing voice?

Lauren Alaina, a 15-year old from Georgia who auditioned for American Idol in Nashville and immediately told the judges that she was inspired by her cousin Holly, a brain tumor victim for whom Alaina had organized a number of fundraisers.

As was the case with Chris Medina, was this final audition of the night planned to manipulate the audience? Of course. But that didn't make Lauren's voice any less beautiful or her story any less true. She sang both a Faith Hill single and an Aerosmith single and we have a feeling we'll be hearing from her in Hollywood:

Lauren Alaina Biography

Lauren Alaina Promo Pic Lauren Alaina hails form Georgia and advanced to Hollywood by singing "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing." She tried out for the show in... More »
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