October 12, 2011
'American Idol' Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina has had quite a year! By 17, the self-proclaimed "Georgia peach" has become a household name with her run on one the biggest singing competition shows on TV, and toured across the country with her fellow 'Idols' all summer. Lauren made her Grand Ole Opry debut back in June and released her debut solo album 'Wildflower,' which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Top County Albums chart and No. 5 on the Billboard 200. And all this before the girl has taken her driver's license exam! To round out her whirlwind year, Lauren hit AOL Music's studio to give an exclusive live Sessions performance of her new 'Wildflower' tracks. In between belting out tunes, the singing sensation posed for our cameras in an exclusive photo shoot and told us her newly accelerated life. When asked if her friends at home have changed around her since becoming famous, she said "My closest friends haven't changed at all, but people who didn't really like me, like me now [laughs]! That's the weirdest thing. People that I would never talk to, who clearly did not like me, act like we were best friends before. And I just don't like fake people! It just drives me crazy, but I don't say anything." And don't think you can tie die this 17-year-old lass. She's not looking for a man right now. "It's so weird, the guys that liked me before don't really talk around me anymore. They're so embarrassed and shy. And then the ones that weren't interested at all are like, "What's up?" I don't know, it's just, guys are dumb!"