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Lauren Alaina Bringing Her Own Party to ‘American Country New Year’s Eve Live’

Lauren Alaina

 “American Idol” sweetheart Lauren Alaina certainly won’t be on her own when she celebrates New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas as part of Fox’s “American Country New Year’s Eve Live.”  “I’m bringing quite a few people with me — my Mama and Daddy, my brother and his girlfriend, and my three best girlfriends from home,” the Rossville, Georgia native tells us.  Alaina, who turned 17 last month, adds, “I don’t really know what I can do in Vegas.  Maybe my parents can win some money.”

 Alaina has barely taken any time off since she first auditioned for “Idol’s” tenth season in 2010.  She wound up runner-up to fellow teenage country phenom Scotty McCreery in May — and won the hearts of music fans across the land.  Since then, she’s toured with the “Idol” finalists, performed on the Grand Ole Opry stage (her dream come true) and other big-time gigs, and released her first album, “Wildflower,” which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200.  Come Jan. 20, she hits the road again, with Jason Aldean’s My Kind of Party tour.

 “‘American Idol’ kind of prepared me to work really hard all the time, seven days a week,” she says.  “It was like boot camp for everything happening now.  I’m good at staying out on the road — and I wouldn’t want to take a break and miss an opportunity, if one of those once-in-a-lifetime deals came along.”

Outside of the Party tour, she’s not sure what’s ahead in 2012.  “I just want it to be as good a year as 2011 has been.  It’s been such an incredible year, so many doors have opened to me that I dreamed of opening.  Literally everything I’ve ever wanted to do, I’ve been able to do in the past year.”

So what’s next?  Has Hollywood come calling? 

“I have discussed that a little bit,” Alaina replies.  “Some day I’d love to do acting, but I feel I’m not really ready for it in my career.”

Right now, of course, she’s focused on “American Country New Year’s Eve Live.”   Comedian and actor Rodney Carrington hosts the show along with “Pawn Stars” personalities Rick Harrison and Austin “Chumlee” Russell.  Rodney Atkins, the Eli Young Band and Toby Keith are among the performers, along with Alaina.  “It’s such an honor to be part of it, I’m really excited.  I haven’t gone to that many concerts, but Rodney Atkins — he’s one of them I went to, out to the Riverbend Festival near my town.  So now, to get to perform at the same place he’s going to be at is really exciting.  And I’ll get to have my Daddy meet Rodney Carrington.  He’s a fan.”

Kris Allen Talks Lauren, Scotty, Memorial Day Concert, ‘Glee’ and Next Album

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“American Idol” Season 8 winner Kris Allen shrugs off the fact that his two favorites for this year’s winner — Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams — didn’t make it to the final showdown.  “It is what it is.  The people in the finale are great, too — Lauren and Scotty.  I can’t imagine going through what they’re going through at that age, so kudos to them,” adds the 25-year-old peformer, speaking of 16-year-old Lauren Alaina and 17-year-old Scotty McCreery. 

 “She’s a sweetheart, really nice.  When they sang that Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis song together, Lauren just blew away everyone in the audience,” adds Kris — who happens to be Lauren’s favorite past “Idol” winner.  

 Kris says he’ll be at both tonight’s (5/24) final performance show and tomorrow night’s (5/25) crowning of this season’s “Idol” as an audience member.  “There’s always a party after the results show and I think I’ll go to that,” he says.  “It’s a lot of fun, and great to see all the people you don’t get to see very often.”

 The singer-songwriter will be among the stellar lineup for this Sunday’s (5/29) National Memorial Day Concert in Washington D.C., performing before an estimated crowd of some 300,000 — and millions more watching live, here and abroad.

 “That will be, without question, the biggest crowd I’ve sung for — by far,” he notes with a laugh.  “They asked me and, when you think of something like that, it’s kind of a no-brainer.  I’m really excited to be out there that day.”  Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna cohost, with a lineup that also includes General Colin Powell, “Idol’s” Pia Toscano, Forest Whitaker,  Dianne Wiest, B.B. King, Jason Ritter, Hayley Westenra, Daniel Rodriguez, Yolanda Adams and the National Symphony Orchestra. 

Kris will sing “God Bless the U.S.A.” at the event honoring those who have served or are serving in the military, particularly those who lost their lives in the line of duty.  Lending a particularly emotional personal note to the event, Kris notes that his wife’s brother is just now coming back from Iraq.  “Everyone’s really happy.  I’d love to have him at the concert, but he’ll probably want to just be home chilling with his wife.”

ALSO:  Kris found out recently that “Still Got Tonight,” which he cowrote, and which has become a single for Matthew Morrison, is going to be performed by Morrison in [TONIGHT’S] the June 8 season finale of “Glee.”  “I met Matt not too long ago and we had lunch together.  He’s a really nice guy.  And then I hung out on the set of ‘Glee.’  That was really cool.  That it’s in the finale is even better.  It’s nice to be on this side of things, for once,” he adds, speaking of his behind-the-scenes role. 

Kris has been focused on writing songs for himself of late, in anticipation of recording another album, soon.  He tells us, “I’m hoping that — it should be — out sometime this year.  If not, I’ll look at it as a failure.”