Lauren Alaina Suddeth is a country singer from Chattanooga, Tennessee. According to JoesPlaceBlog.com, she has made the Top 40 for the 10th season of American Idol. Of course, these are just rumors, and contestants who make the Top 40 may still get cut before the voting rounds.
If we assume that Lauren makes the AI voting rounds, the main things to consider when trying to predict her level of success on the show are her vocal style and past winner results on American Idol. Based on the available performances on YouTube and other places, it appears that Lauren has a fairly typical and generic female country voice. Carrie Underwood is the only country singer to have won American Idol in nine seasons. Considering these factors alone, Lauren Suddeth will have a huge uphill climb trying to capture the title of American Idol for the 10th season. As of now, her odds to win are very low.
There are some Lauren Alaina Suddeth performances scattered throughout the Internet as of the time of this writing. You can see the Resources below for links to these performances. However, AI contestants are typically told to take down their online performances if they do make the voting rounds. So those links may go dead or have material removed from them if Lauren makes the voting rounds.
A common theme that runs through these performances is that Suddeth has a rather generic voice that could be heard in bars from coast to coast. This is a big negative on AI, as contestants generally need some kind of unique hook to win American Idol. None of the videos of Lauren seems to show any hint of uniqueness or originality. One positive for Lauren is that she apparently has some songwriting skills. But her “Leaving” song seems very formulaic, and the country style she employs even on this original simply lacks any sort of uniqueness to stand out from the crowd.
Now, Carrie Underwood is the biggest album seller among all American Idol contestants (Kelly Clarkson is very close to her and Season 5 4th-place finisher Chris Daughtry is a fairly distant third). Josh Gracin, Bucky Covington and Kellie Pickler have also had good country careers after competing on Idol. This suggests that country is not a bad genre for the chances of post-Idol success. However, it also suggests that it is difficult to win as a country singer. Only Carrie has won, and Lauren Suddeth does not appear to have the versatility of a Carrie Underwood (not many others do, but that’s beside the point).
So, unless Lauren shows a more well-rounded set of singing skills than she has shown online, the relatively generic quality of her style and voice and her lack of versatility will make it difficult to win AI. This is not to say that she should be written off before she even has a chance to prove her stripes. But unless Lauren Alaina Suddeth presents a far more unique and versatile style, she will be a big longshot to win American Idol.
Update: Lauren’s Nashville audition was just shown on TV. I have mixed emotions about this audition. Her first song, while credible, seemed to be off in spots in terms of timing. But the judges all said it was the best Nashville audition. Nonetheless, it sounds like she has improved since her online performances. Her vocal tone has developed into something potentially special. And the little bit of “Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” that she did was the best I’ve heard from her so far. If Alaina can be more consistent and build a fan base, she could be one of the favorites.
JoesPlaceBlog.com Lauren Suddeth Spoilers
Lauren Suddeth iLike Profile Page with Original Recordings
Lauren Suddeth “Anyway” Performance