Lauren Alaina Lost Voice Before American Idol Finals

Lauren Alaina

Frank MIcelotta/FOX

05/24/2011 AT 8:05 PM ET

The drama and suspense for the American Idol finale started early Tuesday.

Lauren Alaina, 16, lost her voice and couldn’t finish rehearsals, prompting producers to bring in third-place finisher Haley Reinhart as a possible last-minute replacement.

But after resting her voice, Alaina felt ready to compete in the teen showdown against 17-year-old Scotty McCreery.

“I’m here, I’m ready to sing. I’m fine, don’t worry about it,” she said on stage in a hoarse voice.


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