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Lauren Alaina Talks American Idol 2012 Winner & Favorites

Lauren Alaina spoke with THR after Thursday’s results show and revealed what she thought of the strongly opinionated Jimmy Iovine, her favorite singers on American Idol 2012, and who she thinks is going to win it all. You might be surprised to hear her answer.

First Lauren says she wants a girl to win, but then predicts a returning season 10 contestant would be the one to take the crown. Lauren quickly covers all her bases though when she adds it could be the most popular female singer so far this season as well.

I’m surprised she went with Colton Dixon as her predicted winner instead of Phillip Phillips, but I’d wager both singers will go far in American Idol 2012 so that was still probably a fairly safe guess. Balancing things off with the possibility of Jessica Sanchez taking the big win is a no brainer, but we’ve still got a long way to go in this American Idol season so anything can happen.

What do you think of Lauren’s picks for her favorites and the potential winner?

Source: American Idol Net

Lauren Alaina Will ‘Party’ With Jason Aldean in 2012

Lauren Alaina has scored a gig on Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party tour, joining the ‘Tattoos on This Town’ headlining singer and Luke Bryan for the 2012 outing. The tour marks Lauren’s first since her stint on the American Idol’s Live! tour, following her second place finish on the wildly popular reality show just behind fellow country singer, Scotty McCreery.

“I am so excited to be a part of the Jason Aldean tour with Luke Bryan!” gushes the ‘Georgia Peaches’ singer. “I am a huge fan of both of them. If I wasn’t a part of the line up, I would want to be in the front row! I am honored that my first major country tour will allow me to share the stage with two fellow Georgia artists. That is definitely my kind of party!”

Lauren’s ‘Georgia Peaches,’ the second single from her debut album, ‘Wildflower,’ is currently climbing the charts. The teen star first scored big with ‘Like My Mother Does,’ which entered Billboard’s all-genre Hot 100 chart at No. 20, in addition to No. 9 on the trade’s Digital Songs chart, with first-week sales of more than 120,000.

“Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of releasing my own album,” Lauren says. “I am so excited to share it with the fans who have been supporting me throughout my journey. I hope they enjoy listening to this record as much as I did making it.”

Source: The Boot

Lauren Alaina Readies for Major 2012 Tour Announcement

To say that Lauren Alaina has been having a pretty great year would be putting it lightly. Besides winning over America on ‘American Idol,’ the country cutie released her debut album, ‘Wildflower,’ last month, which has already spawned two hit singles. Now, 2012 is already shaping up to be an amazing year for the soon-to-be 17-year-old. While she remains tight-lipped about the details, Alaina can promise that there’s be some exciting tour news to come.

“Some time next year, I’m going to go out on tour opening up for someone [big],” Alaina reveals to Taste of Country. “We’ll be announcing that some time coming up, but right now I’m doing a lot of promotion for my new album. I’m just trying to get my name out there a little bit more and be able to perform as much as I can.”

Plenty of music fans all around the world are getting to know Alaina and her music — so many, in fact, that her album debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 chart at No. 5 and at the top of the iTunes chart. “I was at ‘Good Morning America’ [when I found out the chart positions],” recalls Alaina. “My mom came into the room when I was getting my makeup done. She was so excited. She was like, ‘You’re album’s No. 1 on iTunes!’ I just had a fit! I was crying, and they had to redo my makeup.”

“That was really cool, especially for a new artist,” she continues. “I have to thank ‘American Idol’ for all of that publicity because a lot of people know who I am from being on that show. Things in the past year have really been going great for me. I’ve been super blessed. I am just very thankful to all my fans and my family and everybody who’s been supporting me.”

Alaina’s latest single from ‘Wildflower’ is ‘Georgia Peaches,’ which is the follow-up single to her Top 40 hit ‘Like My Mother Does.’ Her ‘Idol’ co-star, Scotty McCreery, will be hitting the road with Brad Paisley in 2012.

Source: Taste of Country

Happy Birthday Lauren!

I know Lauren’s birthday was yesterday (November 8th) but I never had a chance to say it sooner. I would love to wish Lauren a happy 17th birthday! She’s had an extremely successful year with being the runner up on the 10th season of American Idol and releasing her debut album. Lauren, I hope you had an amazing day filled with love, well wishes and I hope you enjoyed your day to the fullest. Happy Birthday Lauren!

Feel free to leave your birthday wishes for Lauren below!

Lauren Alaina to join fellow ‘American Idol’ star Scotty McCreery at ACAs

There is going to be even more of an “American Idol” presence at the 2011 American Country Awards then we first originally expected.

After previously finding out that Scotty McCreery was nominated for an award on the Fox ceremony (which will air in December), we also now know that both he and his season ten runner-up Lauren Alaina will be in attendance for the big show. As for other “Idol” connections, both Kelly Clarkson (as a part of a duet with Jason Aldean) and Carrie Underwood are nominated for some awards.

Last year, Carrie ran away with the vast majority of the trophies — a fitting introduction to a show airing on the same network that made her famous. Kristin Chenoweth and Trace Adkins are expected to host this show, which is sure to make more than a few fans of the genre excited.

Are you happy that both Scotty and Lauren will be there?

Source: Examiner

Lauren Alaina: ‘I Don’t Want to Be Skinny’

Last week, Lauren Alaina made headlines with her amazing physical transformation since dropping 25 pounds in only five months. Taste of Country caught up with the southern belle in Nashville over the weekend during the annual Family Day benefit, where we asked Alaina if she truly planned on losing another 10 pounds to reach her goal, as reported.

“I don’t want to lose any more weight,” Alaina said, referencing the Us Weekly story that ran on the internet last week. The interview with the publication actually happened a couple weeks back. “I’ve lost a little bit more [since then], but I don’t want to be skinny. I like having curves. Curves are in!”

Alaina credits healthier food choices for the change to her petite figure — which means no more fast food stops for meals, as well as daily workouts of crunches, push-ups and squats.

“I’m just really healthy now because I have to work all the time,” said the 16-year-old singer. “I grew up eating fried food. I thought that macaroni and cheese was a vegetable. When I started working all the time, I started eating the right food that will help me have my energy up and stay healthy. I won’t be sweating as bad onstage now [laughs]!”

Alaina’s life since ‘American Idol’ has kept her on a fast-paced track to stardom. Just a couple weeks ago, her debut album, ‘Wildflower,’ hit the stores and debuted at No. 1 on iTunes and No. 5 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart. The latest single from ‘Wildflower’ is ‘Georgia Peaches.’

Source: Taste of Country

How American Idol’s Lauren Alaina Lost 25 Pounds!

Sometimes it’s OK to be a loser — take it from American Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina, who shed an incredible 25 pounds in just five months.

“Changing my diet was the big thing,” the 5-foot-7 Georgia native tells the new issue of Us Weekly (out now). “I had to learn correct portion control.”

The singer (her first disc, Wildflower, debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart) initially used the meal delivery service Sunfare to transition into a high-protein, low-carb diet.

“I eat an egg-white omelet for breakfast, shrimp and veggies for lunch and chicken with asparagus for dinner,” the single 16-year-old high school junior says.

Daily workouts of crunches, pushups and “lots of squats have also helped, the size-2 singer tells Us. “I’m 10 pounds from my goal — almost there! I wear size small and extra-small now!”

Source: US Weekly

Lauren Alaina: Best-Selling Female Country Debut Since 2006

Lauren Alaina’s debut album, Wildflower, is the best-selling female country debut since 2006 and is the highest country album debut this week, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and an impressive No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200. With first-week sales of 69,013, Lauren is the youngest female artist to debut this high on the Billboard charts since LeAnn Rimes’ debut 15 years ago. Wildflower also becomes the best-selling digital album by a debut country female, selling 19,659 digital albums.

“I am just so thankful that I have been given the opportunity to share my music with the world,” said Lauren Alaina. “To see my name on the charts alongside country greats that I have admired and looked up to my whole life is absolutely mind-blowing!”

“Everyone here at Universal Music Group is really honored to be working with Lauren and so proud of what she has already accomplished,” says Luke Lewis, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville, which includes Mercury Nashville. “At just 16 years old, Lauren has already proven she is dedicated to her career and willing to put in the hard work and it’s already starting to pay off. I believe this is just the beginning of what you are going to see from this young lady.”

“We are thrilled to be a part of Lauren’s success and congratulate her on an impressive debut,” says Steve Berman, Vice Chairman, Interscope, Geffen A&M Records. “This achievement marks the beginning of much more to come from this talented young artist.”

According to Billboard, this is the first time since 2008 where both the winner (Scotty McCreery) and second-place finisher (Lauren Alaina) of American Idol posted Top Five-charting albums (or Top 10, for that matter). The last Nos. 1 and 2 placers to do so were 2008 winner David Cook and runner-up David Archuleta. Their debut albums bowed and peaked at No 3 and 2, respectively.

The Georgia native and 16-year old American Idol Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina outsold last year’s Season 9 winner Lee Dewyze. A record-breaking 122.4 million votes were cast for Lauren and winner Scotty McCreery on this season’s American Idol, and 38.6 million viewers tuned in to see the finale.

Source: Nashville.com

Lauren Alaina to Light Up Graceland

This fall, Lauren Alaina will help spread holiday cheer — Elvis style. The 16-year-old ‘American Idol’ runner-up will have the honor of flipping the switch on the Christmas lighting display at Graceland, which includes a plethora of signature blue lighting, a true-to-size Nativity scene, as well as the staple Santa Claus flying his sleigh. All of the decorations were originally the work of the King himself, with help of the rest of the Presley family.

The lighting ceremony is free and open to the public, and this year’s event will be especially exciting, as the former Elvis homesite has partnered with CMT and Sirius XM. Together, the group will offer one lucky fan the opportunity to fly to Memphis free of charge, where they will see the sights and stay at Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel. Additionally, the winner will grab a private meet and greet with Lauren Alaina.

After Alaina lights up the former property of the King, which spans 13.8 acres, Santa will be on site to take photos with kids and their families. The official Graceland Christmas lighting ceremony will take place on November 18.

Source: Taste of Country

Lauren Alaina CD “Wildflower” to be released on Tuesday

Tuesday is the day Lauren Alaina said she has anticipated since she first picked up a microphone: Her debut album, “Wildflower,” hits stores across America.

“I’ve been dreaming of this since I was, like, 3 years old,” the Rossville teenager said in a phone interview. “I can’t believe that it happened by the time I was 16. It’s mind-blowing.”

Lauren has a ready-made fan base of 26 million viewers who followed her journey earlier this year through Season 10 of “American Idol.” With Grammy-winning producer Byron Gallimore (who has worked with Sugarland, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill) at the helm and tracks written by an A-list of Nashville songwriters, “Wildflower” is already generating buzz in the industry.

US Weekly’s music critic posted: “Start sweating, Carrie Underwood … ‘American Idol’ at last has a finalist as good as its top alum.”

THE CD

Lauren spent three months recording the album’s 12 tracks in studios across America between stops on the “American Idol” tour this summer. “Wildflower,” on the Mercury Nashville label, will sell for $9.99 on iTunes.

She said she chose the title because it reminded her of herself.

“Wildflowers are sweet, but they have a little bit of spunk to them,” she said. “I like to have a lot of fun, and I’m really sassy.”

Her tracks reflect that buoyant, youthful spirit in uptempo odes to Southern life. But it’s the impressive vocal range she displays — much stronger than what viewers saw during ‘Idol’ — that will convince skeptics the teen has the talent judges kept alluding to during “Idol’s” run.

Lauren called working side-by-side with Gallimore an incredible learning experience.

“Byron Gallimore is now officially a part of my family. I just could not have had a better producer for my first album. He knew I was new in the studio, so he kind of let me do my thing, then he would listen to it and point out certain parts I needed to fix.

“He wasn’t judgmental at all. He really helped me work through things. I learned so much from him about the whole process — from how recording works, to how they get the band together, to how they do musical tracks.”

SONG SELECTION PROCESS

Lauren said she had a specific criteria for evaluating songs as she listened to demos.

“I wanted good songs that I would like to hear on the radio and that were appropriate for little girls to listen to because they are a big part of my fan base,” the singer explained.

Of the dozen cuts, three are by songwriters with local ties.

“The Lord works in mysterious ways,” she said of that coincidence. “I didn’t know until I’d selected them.”

Nathan Chapman is the Lee University alumnus who produces Taylor Swift. Kelley Lovelace is the Hixson High School grad whose lyrics helped make Brad Paisley famous.

And, in perhaps the most serendipitous collaboration, Cohutta, Ga.’s own Mallary Hope had two songs chosen, one of which is Lauren’s second single, being released this week. Lauren said its title, “Georgia Peaches,” appealed for the obvious reason that it’s also her home state.

In a phone interview from Nashville, Hope said she wrote the song thinking it would be her next single. But when her management nixed that idea, she put it up for grabs, although she still sings it in her own shows.

“Any songwriter in town would be really happy and excited to have this opportunity,” Hope said of inclusion on “Wildflower.”

“I knew if Lauren ended up cutting it, her record would get it out and people would listen. She has a lot of followers. I think it will be a great opportunity for me,” Hope said.

Another interesting album note: Lauren is the first to record a song written by her own idol, Carrie Underwood.

“Can you imagine my face when I found out?” exclaimed the teen.

“Eighteen Inches,” written by Underwood, Lovelace and Ashley Gorley, is a coming-of-age song about a young couple who elope and soon find they will be parents. The 18 inches first represents the distance from “the head to the heart,” then it’s their newborn’s length.

“We wrote that for Carrie for her last record, but she didn’t record it for whatever reason,” Lovelace said in a phone interview from Nashville. “I believe Carrie might have pitched it to Lauren. I know Carrie always loved that song. It’s a really strong song, and I always hoped that it would get recorded.”

“It’s really cool for me to be able to sing that beautiful song written by my idol and her being able to have a song out as a writer instead of the artist. I really, really love the song. It’s well-written and has a beautiful melody,” Lauren said.

Lauren also included one of her original songs in the mix.

“In love, sometimes the timing is never right, and that is basically what ‘Funny Thing About Love’ says. It talks about how love confuses you and makes you all crazy inside. I love it,” the singer said.

WHAT’S NEXT

Lauren will be in New York City this week promoting her album on “Good Morning, America” and “Live With Regis and Kelly.” The week of Oct. 17, she’ll be in Los Angeles for appearances on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and possibly “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” A CD tour is being scheduled for after the new year, she said.

She has two appearances set at the Grand Ole Opry. On Oct. 22, she’ll perform at Women Rock for the Cure/Opry Goes Pink. She’ll participate in the CMA Awards in Nashville on Nov. 9, although she said she doesn’t know in what capacity yet.

She’s still a student at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School, keeping up with her junior class through the school’s online credit recovery courses, the same lesson/test curricula she followed while competing on “American Idol.”

But her biggest test comes Tuesday when the charts show whether “Wildflower” is a hit with country music’s fans.

“This is a competition not unlike ‘American Idol,’ but this time her competition is Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Martina McBride and Taylor Swift,” said Bill “Dex” Poindexter, WUSY 101 Radio music director and afternoon show co-host.

“It’s a good CD. They’ve definitely pulled out all the stops, got the right writers and the right songs. I think she’ll do real well,” he said.

“AI” winner Scotty McCreery’s CD made its debut Oct. 4 and was No. 1 on iTunes the following day.

Does Lauren feel the pressure?

“You know, I’m over the competition thing now. It’s just about our careers,” she said philosophically.

“Whatever God has set out for both of us, that’s what’s going to happen. There’s no sense in being competitive. You’ve just got to do the best you can and hope for the best. My mama raised me that way.

“I just really hope everybody likes ‘Wildflower’ and I can make Chattanooga, Rossville, Ringgold and Fort Oglethorpe proud.”

Source: TimesFreePress.com