She is among the 24 semi-finalists – 12 males and 12 females – on this season’s show. The 12 males performed Tuesday night. Tonight’s show, featuring the 12 females, is from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Suddeth is a 16-year-old student at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High school. She is the daughter of Kristy and J.J. Suddeth of Rossville.
After tonight’s performances, fans will vote for their top favorites.
On Thursday, in a two-hour show that begins at 8 p.m., the finalists will be announced. The five male and five female contestants with the most votes will be this season’s finalists. The judges will also make their special “Wild Card” picks, rounding out the finalists. “American Idol” has not revealed how many “wild cards” will be picked.
Suddeth is a veteran performer, having sang every week at Magoo’s on Ringgold Road in East Ridge, Tenn. She won the WinnieStar youth talent contest at Lake Winnepesaukah in Rossville in 2009. She has also performed a number of times at Acoustic Cafe in Ringgold.