American Idol contestant Lauren Alaina gave credit to God for helping her through Tuesday’s finale with a bruised vocal cord.
“I knew somehow God would get me through it,” wrote Alaina on a notepad and read by fellow finalist Scotty McCreery at a press conference.
The 16-year-old from Tennessee was given a shot of steroids before Tuesday’s show “to calm the vocal chord and the swelling,” a source told People magazine.
Despite her vocal problems, Alaina managed to shine on Tuesday’s show with her impressionable song “Like My Mother Does.”
The emotionally-charged song included the chorus, “When I love, I give it all I’ve got, like my mother does. When I’m scared I bow my head and pray, like my mother does.”
American Idol Judge Randy Jackson gave her a standing ovation, Jennifer Lopez said she might have won with that song, and Steven Tyler remarked, “You are it in my eyes.”
Tonight, Fox is broadcasting live part two of American Idol Season 10, when viewers will find out who will be crowned the winner.