updated 05/25/2011 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 05/25/2011 AT 6:00 PM ET
Saying a little prayer and receiving a steroid dose from a doctor worked wonders for Lauren Alaina, who managed to compete against Scotty McCreery on Tuesday’s American Idol despite a bruised vocal chord.
“I knew somehow God would get me through it,” she said at a press conference afterward, writing her words, which were then read by McCreery, on a notepad.
Nevertheless, McCreery was impressed by his rival. “I was ready to cry when she was singing,” he said after the show.