One of the new additions to the second CMA Country Christmas was “American Idol” runner-up Lauren Alaina, looking absolutely gorgeous in a black dress. She took to the stage to talk with host Jennifer Nettles about how blessed she is and how Christmas came early for her, after the year she’s had.

Lauren then sang “My Grown-Up Christmas List,” which never fails to make us cry a little. Yes, we’re big saps. Why do you ask?

But little Ms. Alaina sounded gorgeous, that beautiful rasp we came to know and love on “Idol” last spring. Do you kind of get the inkling of a career trajectory similar to Carrie Underwood? It has always felt a little like that to us with Lauren.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."