Monday, March 21, 2011

American Idol's Lauren Alaina Shows "I'm the Only One" You Should Vote For!

American Idol Season 10's 'Sweet Georgia Peach' Lauren Alaina sings Melissa Etheridge's "I'm the Only One" on the Top 12 Show. This week, Idol contestants choose a song from the year of their birth. Lauren was born November 8th, 1994, and choose Melissa's biggest hit single for tonight's performance. Interscope producer Jimmy Iovine told Lauren, "We're expecting a lot from you. And I know you want a lot for yourself. And we know you can do it."

During the sit-down with Ryan Seacrest before Lauren's performance, the producers made sure the voting audience knew Lauren was sick and had been suffering from the flu. They obviously want to keep this very talented singer around for another week (so just in case she didn't sound fantastic, everyone would know why). Lauren Alaina takes the stage and looks terrific! She's sick? She has such amazing stage-presence, confidence and swagger for a girl so young! She changed up the song a bit, "changing the melody to some higher notes." With the flu, this girl is better than some other contestants perfectly healthy! Hey Lauren, get sick more often. Fantastic! The audience goes crazy, and the judges loved it! "Very nice," raves Jennifer Lopez. "We can here your voice, strong. That's staying true to the framework and the melody of the song, but still making it yours. You gave it that country flavor. That's how you make it your own. Very, very good job." Randy Jackson added, "I don't know, cold or whatever's happening...that was very nice. So have a cold every week." Steven Tyler raved, "I loved you the first time I heard you. You're beautiful. You did it again. You're a shining star!"

"I'm the Only One" is a Melissa Etheridge song that appears on her 1993 album Yes I Am. The single hit #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary charts in January 1995. This is one of her biggest hit singles ever.

Last year's American Idol second place finalist Crystal Bowersox also wowed the audience with Melissa Etheridge classics. In Season 9, Crystal performed "Come to My Window" and "Piece of My Heart" which Melissa Etheridge famously sang at a tribute to Janis Joplin.

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