Lauren Alaina started to sing at the age of three. Her mom, Kristy, first noted her talent when was riding in the car singing along to a Dixie Chicks hit on the radio. When Kristy turned the radio off, the three-year-old Lauren kept singing every word in pitch.
She was a classmate of fellow country artist Kane Brown at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School, in their native Georgia. As a shy student, Brown refused to sing in class until one day Alaina heard him humming and coaxed him into singing aloud in front of her and the other students.
Lauren successfully auditioned for the tenth season of American Idol going all the way to the final before finishing as runner-up to Scotty McCreery. She later recalled. "I said from the time I was six years old I was gonna be on American Idol. When that moment finally came and I was actually on that stage in front of those judges, I just remember thinking, 'You cannot mess this up. Be yourself. Be yourself.' When they gave me that ticket, girl, you would've thought I won the lottery, like a billion dollars. I mean, nothing in that moment could be more special to me, because that's all I wanted for 10 years, and it finally happened, and it started everything for me."
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