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Lauren Alaina's big song, big gown get big praise on 'American Idol'

Lauren Alaina, wearing a burgundy gown (short in

Lauren Alaina, wearing a burgundy gown (short in the front, long in the back), bustled and lined with animal print, sang an inspirational version of Martina McBride's “Anyway.” (May 11, 2011) Photo Credit: Fox

Lauren Alaina sings Martina McBride's "Anyway" on "American Idol" -- she dedicates it to the tornado victims down South, a great choice.

Soaring voice, big confidence from her tonight, even down to her slightly outlandish big gown with a long train. Heartfelt and well-done.

"Pure and perfect" voice, says Steven Tyler; Jennifer Lopez feels like she listens to the judges, Randy Jackson says "Lauren is back in it to win it."

I liked it, but it was nothing special, It shows how far downhill the show's come. Pia Toscano would've blown Lauren away on that song yet she got mad praise.

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