American Idol was in Nashville for Season 10’s fourth installment of auditions and Music City did not disappoint for talent. In fact, the two-day audition sessions had Steven Tyler musing to the cameras that if the second day was as good as the first, the winner just might come out of the Nashville auditions. By day’s end, the Aerosmith frontman may have been convinced by the the day’s final auditioner, 15-year-old Lauren Alaina.
“I think we found The One today,” Steven Tyler said after the auditions. “We found her. Oh, yeah, we did.”
And he might be right. Although it isn’t a certainty that Steven Tyler, one of the two new American Idol judges, was talking about Alaina as he exited the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville after the second day of auditions, but since everyone had a great time, a family meet-and-greet, and Tyler even belted a duet with the nonplussed young woman, it might be safe to assume that he was talking about the Rossdale, Georgia native.
The 15-year-old, who looked older than her years (and when the American Idol audience got to see her parents, looked to be a sibling instead of their daughter), walked in and floored the judges. In a voice that naturally flowed, Lauren Alaina sang Faith Hill’s “Like We Never Loved Before.”
Tyler said she was “beyondo cute.” Jennifer Lopez said she brought tears to her eyes, to which Alaina said, “Don’t cry; you’re too pretty. You’ll mess up your makeup.” Randy Jackson intoned, ” You’ve definitely got a gift. … You’ve got real, natural, God-given talent.”
Alaina’s cousin, who we learn in a background clip was the 15-year-old’s inspiration, has a brain tumor. She gets to come in and meet the judges. They congratulate her on having a good ear for talent and encouraging her cousin.
Since Lauren was last, she asked if her family could meet the judges. They acquiesced and when it was learned that Lauren Alaina’s parents’ song was the Aerosmith ballad, “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing,” she was asked to sing it. With Steven Tyler’s blessing, she effortlessly slid into the tune. Surprisingly, unabashedly, she asked Tyler to sing along, which he did.
Which all could have led to his later words of finding “The One” in Nashville.
But Lauren Alaina won’t be the only contestant coming out of the Nashville auditions, and it will be up to the American Idol voting audience to pick “The One.” Among some of the better performers we saw during the Nashville auditions were Jackie Wilson, Chelsea Oaks and Rob Bolin (who auditioned together), and Miss Teen USA Stormi Henley, whose beauty got her through with the male judges and may have prompted a twinge of jealousy from Jennifer Lopez. There were also the feel-good-sympathy-story contestants that got golden tickets to Hollywood, like Adrienne Beasley, a young African-American woman from Kentucky who was adopted at the age of 2 and raised by white parents, and Matt Dillard, a Tennessee good ole boy whose parents have helped take care of and raise an estimated 700 special needs children over the years.
And then there are those hundred-plus contestants that have already got golden tickets in New Jersey, New Orleans, and Milwaukee that might have designs on being “The One” as well…
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