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Lauren Alaina sick but a 'shining star' on 'American Idol'

Lauren Alaina, born in 1984, is singing the perfect song for her, Melissa Etheridge's "I'm the Only One," next on "American Idol.'

She's also sick. She gets the giggles after Ryan Seacrest puts on a surgical mask, really for some reason is cracked up by him a lot. But she is totally serious about her music. I really like her. Her dad tears up talking about her.

Swallowing her words a bit at the start, but then starts to let go a bit. She hits her stride on the chorus. Wish she weren't sick, it could've been great. Instead, she's just pretty good. Too much word-by-word, not enough soaring. But it's enough to remind us of her potential and that she has a huge voice.

Jennifer Lopez likes the country twang, Randy Jackson says have a cold every week, Steven Tyler says she's a "shining star."


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