By Erin Duvall
Former “American Idol” finalist Lauren Alaina sold out her autograph signing Thursday afternoon at the Opry Originals retail store on Nashville’s Lower Broadway. The event required a voucher to attend and topped out at 100 fans, who the “Georgia Peaches” singer took nearly two hours to greet.
“I try to spend time with everybody because, well, one guy came 35 hours to meet me,” said Alaina, referring to a gentleman who admitted to flying from his home in New Zealand specifically for her. “When I met Carrie Underwood – she’s my favorite artist – she was extremely nice to me and took time to talk to me, and I want people to say that about me.”
During the event, her self-titled debut album played over the speakers of the store, allowing the 17-year-old the opportunity to serenade fans as they came to get their autographs. Alaina didn’t limit herself to only singing her own songs, though. When one attendee walked up wearing a Jana Kramer shirt, the Georgia native busted into the actress’ single, “Why You Wanna.”
To attend the signing, fans had to buy Alaina’s album at the Opry shop that morning, which they were then able to have signed, in addition to a poster and an 8×10. Lauren stood for the majority of the activity, donning a white summer dress and wedge high heels, which she had to kick off after a half hour.
The first fans who were able to meet with Lauren had the opportunity to do so through a Twitter contest facilitated by the Grand Ole Opry. On Wednesday night, the Opry account tweeted a scavenger hunt-style message offering the prize.
“We had to find the Opry representative,” Chris McCune, 34, of Nashville, Tenn., recalled. “They tweeted a picture of where they were at. It was the Hard Rock Café and we were actually right there.”
Despite the fact that the signing was scheduled for only an hour, each fan got a photo – which they can download from the Opry website — and their autographs, as well as charming memory of Lauren Alaina.