American Idol News: June 7 Edition

Lauren Alaina runner-up on American Idol Season 10.

Lauren Alaina To Start Work On Album, Appear on Grand Ole Opry

Lauren Alaina the runner-up for Season 10 of American Idol will be in Nashville this week to start work on her debut album for Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings, Interscope.

Friday will be a special day for Lauren Alaina when she will make her debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage.

Lauren Alaina because of her young age of 16 can only work a limited schedule so it may be a long time before the album is actually released.

She may be one of the most successful runner-ups ever on American Idol, but it is way too soon to know for sure since she is just getting started on her post-American Idol.

One thing for sure, Lauren Alaina may be the nicest  and most liked contestant  to ever appear on American Idol.

Paul McDonald, Nikki Reed Engaged After Two Month Courtship

Paul McDonald of American Idol fame and actress Nikki Reed have announced their engagement.

It is usually not a good thing for an American Idol contestant to finish eighth for the season, but in the case of Paul McDonald it was a blessing in disguise.

It gave him a head start on his romance with “Twilight” actress Nikki Reed and has culminated in them announcing their engagement on the 2011 MTV Movie Awards Show.

He may have entered the American Idol competition to advance his singing career, but more importantly he has met the love of his life. If not for the show Nikki Reed probably never would have met him.

McDonald was eliminated from American Idol the week after the shocking elimination of Pia Toscano.

I am sure when he tried out for American Idol he had no idea he would be engaged to an actress about a week after the show ended.

It was his goal to win American Idol, but doubt if his next goal was to find an actress who liked him enough after a whirlwind courtship to agree to marry him.

We want to wish both of them a long and happy marriage.

Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina Appear on Today

The American Idol Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina recently appeared on the Today show on the NBC television network. Scotty was interviewed by Meredith Viera before singing his debut single I Love You This Big.

Scotty McCreery being interviewed and singing his debut single on Today show last week.

Lauren Alaina singing Like My Mother Does on Today show with her mother watching her sing.

Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery singing I Told You So.

Those who were lucky enough to see Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina sing in their mini-concert, outside the NBC studios in New York City not only got to hear some great singing, but also were able to see how humble both of them are.

Both of them should never be affected by their fame, because they are too down to earth to let fame and fortune change them.

They have something some of the recent American Idols don’t have. This is nothing against Lee DeWyze but he has almost been an anonymous American Idol. Few people could even tell you who won Season 9 of American Idol.

I look for Scotty and Lauren to far exceed Lee in record sales and concert receipts. Scotty’s bass voice and Lauren Alaina’s tone should be selling records for years to come. Whether they will ever approach the sales of Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson remains to be seen, but right now it looks like they both have bright futures.