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."