Lauren required medical treatment for a vocal cord injury suffered during rehearsals for the Tuesday, May 24, performance show.
She soldiered on with three tunes, drawing high praise from the Fox TV show’s judges.
She enjoyed a visit home to Fort Oglethorpe, Ringgold and Chattanooga earlier this month to perform before her home crowd.
In her finalist diary video on americanidol.com, Lauren gets emotional when she explains that the hardest part of the Idol experience has been being away from “my friends and family and my dogs” back home in Georgia.
McCreery, too, came back to the South to his hometown of Garner, N.C.
A special commemorative section about Lauren’s “American Idol” journey will be published in The Catoosa County News, Walker County Messenger and Fort Oglethorpe Press.
The special section will go out to Walker County Messenger subscribers in the Friday edition, and to Catoosa County News subscribers and Fort Oglethorpe Press deliveries in next Wednesday’s editions.
A limited number of copies will also be for sale at the Rome News-Tribune, 305 E. Sixth Ave. in Rome, for 75 cents each plus tax beginning today.
A world record of more than 122 million votes were cast Tuesday night after both performers sang three numbers.
In addition to setting records, chasing a dream and becoming runner-up in the world’s largest talent contest, Lauren made judge Steven Tyler look prophetic after he dubbed her “The One” following her audition.
“You ought to cry, because you’re going to make 40 million people cry,” he said in July.