Georgia peach and hometown favorite, Lauren Alaina, made families across North Georgia beam with pride for her inspiring song choice of Martina McBride’s “Any Way” on American Idol. Alaina comes from Rossville, Georgia, a small town of 3,500 that was hit hard by the recent tornado outbreak in the southeast. Heavy damage was reported in ten cities in Walker County, including Lauren’s hometown. Here’s what Lauren had to say about her inspirational song choice…
I chose to sing this song because I can really relate to it with all the devastation in the south and my hometown from the tornadoes. People need to know it’s OK to rebuild their lives. Have faith and just keep going no matter how hard the situation is.
The lyrics to “Any Way” were quite fitting for Lauren Alaina’s tribute to the tornado victims. Below are some of the words from Martina McBride’s hit song that inspired the young Georgia teen to sing it last night on American Idol.
You can spend your whole life building
Something from nothin’
One storm can come and blow it all away
Build it anyway.
The world’s gone crazy and it’s hard to believe
That tomorrow will be better than today
Believe it anyway.
God is great, but sometimes life ain’t good
When I pray it doesn’t always turn out like I think it should
But I do it anyway
Yeah, I do it anyway.
After performing her emotional rendition of “Any Way,” Lauren Alaina received high praise from the judges.
- Steven Tyler: “That was the most beautiful thing. You’re the whole package.”
- Jennifer Lopez: “That was exactly what you have to do. It was a great vocal performance.”
- Randy Jackson: “Last week, I was a little worried, but you did it right there. Lauren is back in it to win it.”
The Georgia teen also did very well with her second song, “Trouble” by Elvis Pressley. The next vote is a huge one for Lauren Alaina. If she makes the cut, she returns home to Rossville for a homecoming celebration on Saturday that will air next week on American Idol. Plans are under way for a parade down Battlefield Parkway and a fundraiser on the campus of Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School, should the school’s most famous alumna advance into “American Idol’s” top three tonight. Lauren’s family has requested that the parade be opened to students from Ridgeland, Heritage, Ringgold and LFO high schools. “Bands, cheerleaders, athletic teams and any student group are invited to participate,” Principal Terri Vandiver told the Times Free Press. “All of this is tentative and contingent on her making the top three, which we feel very good about.”
American Idol just posted a new video of Lauren Alaina talking about her friends and family back home in Georgia. Check it out here.
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