Allison Iraheta was the last girl standing during American Idol Season 8. On Thursday evening’s So You Think You Can Dance, she stood center stage singing her latest single, “Don’t Waste The Pretty.” Joined by guitar sensation Orianthi, Allison Iraheta rocked the So You Think You Can Dance live audience, reminding everyone how she got so far on America’s #1-rated talent show. MTV News noted that the performance was “good,” but nothing exemplary. There might be a few who would beg to differ…
Although she still showed signs of being the same awkward teen that won over fans two seasons ago on American Idol, there was no sign of awkwardness in her voice. Of course, it was that vocal control that pulled in the votes. She belted out “Don’t Waste The Pretty” through her signature raggedy-ann-red hair like a pro, energizing the So You Think You Can Dance crowd. With Orianthi on lead guitar, the two gave a blistering performance.
The raspy-voiced singer appeared on So You Think You Can Dance‘s live results show as one of two musical guests. She simply blew away newcomer pop singer Christian TV (whoever he is, was, whatever), despite his being touted by Britney Spears as this summer’s must-listen-to performer (uh… not). And although it was an elimination night — Jose and Billy were voted off the show — Iraheta’s performance only added to the show’s excitement.
The 18-year-old deserved a little better than “good”…
But what has Allison Iraheta been up to since landing in fourth on American Idol Season 8? She’s appeared on numerous talk shows, as seems to be the fate of every American Idol contestant. She has recorded an album, “Just Like You,” which has sold over 102,000 copies (U. S. sales). Released just a week after Adam Lambert’s debut album and two week’s after Season 8 winner Kris Allen’s first effort, Iraheta’s album got mixed reviews from critics, but contains only one song that she co-wrote. She reportedly told Beatweek Magazine that her sophomore album would have more songs written and co-written by her and be more personal.
But “Just Like You” has American Idol written all over it, from the label, Jive Records/19 Recordings (19 Recordings is the in-house label of 19 Entertainment, producers of American Idol), to Kara DioGuardi, who co-wrote “No One Else,” a tune co-written and made famous by Pink. Chris Daughtry, fourth-place finisher during American Idol Season 5, appears as a co-writer (with Daughtry bandmate, Brian Craddock) on the iTunes version of the album on the track, “Don’t Wanna Be Wrong.”
The song “Don’t Waste The Pretty,” which she has been performing with Orianthi onstage throughout Adam Lambert’s Glam Nation Tour (she and Orianthi are Adam Lambert’s openers), appears on the album without Orianthi. However, the single, which was released in June, features the guitar virtuoso.
There’s also an acoustic version that comes via EW.com/realite and YouTube.com. Check it out.