OFFSTAGE: Carrie Underwood’s Song for American Idol‘s Lauren Alaina

(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)

Carrie Underwood is Lauren Alaina’s musical hero of sorts. And Tuesday night (May 24), Underwood is also Alaina’s song picker . Alaina is going to sing three songs tonight on American Idol, one of which was chosen by Underwood. Do you think she will choose one of her own big hits? I hope so. I could hear her on just about all of them. Alaina is kind of a ballad girl, so I’d love to see her do “Just a Dream” or “I Know You Won’t.” Alaina has done so many country songs this season, but not just the Underwood ones. She has belted out Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Sara Evans, Lee Ann Womack, Martina McBride and even The Band Perry. Maybe she’s saving up all her Underwood cover power for this final competition? I’ll be watching tonight and then tomorrow night when the Idol is named, that’s for sure. Alaina is up against Scotty McCreery, who will sing a song chosen for him by George Strait.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.