Rossville teen Lauren Alaina was the final performer of the night, closing the show with Sara Evans’ 2001 hit “Born to Fly.”
Alaina’s take on the catchy upbeat tune was well-received by both audience and judges, though the judges seemed to agree it didn’t showcase Alaina’s considerable vocal talents.
“You can sing anything, but you must believe that,” judge Randy Jackson said. “Challenge yourself.”
Producer Jimmy Iovine, who remarked in a rehearsal session that the 16-year-old is her biggest competition, also shared that same sentiment.
“Lauren pulls back for fear of failing,” Iovine said.
“If she gets over that hurdle, she can win it,” he added. “She is that magical a singer.”
With strong performances also turned in by her six counterparts, votes are up for grabs going into tonight’s re-sults show, which airs at 8 o’clock. Alaina has yet to be in the show’s “bottom three” vote-getters since fan voting began.