OFFSTAGE: Lauren Alaina Is Crushing on Hunter Hayes

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Could there be a new “it” country couple coming soon? Maybe. But for now, it’s just a crush. American Idol’s Lauren Alaina admitted in the latest Celeb Slam Book that she’s kind of starstruck by Justin Bieber, but that one of her real true celeb crushes is on country newcomer Hunter Hayes (the “Storm Warning” singer and one of Taylor Swift’s 2011 tourmates). Alaina also said if she wasn’t a singer, she’d be a special ed teacher or a pediatrician and that if she could be anywhere in the world, she’d like to be at home, playing with her dogs and having a cookout. And, her guilty pleasure is watching General Hospital, her favorite song to sing in the car is Aerosmith’s “Dude Looks Like a Lady” and she cannot resist mashed potatoes. But back to this Hunter Hayes thing. He’s 19 and Alaina is 16, so there’s a little bit of an age difference. I still think they’d make a cute couple, though. He is playing the Chicago House of Blues on Friday night (Sept. 9), so maybe I’ll ask him if he has a crush on Alaina like she does on him.

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