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American Idol 2009 - Allison Iraheta American Idol 2009 - Allison Iraheta

'Musical Musings from the Heart'

Allison Iraheta finished fourth on season eight of American Idol. She's only 16 years old.

This Los Angeles native has appeared in a few commercials and lists volleyball, soccer and running as a few of her favorite activities. She sang the song "Natural Woman" as part of her initial audition and chose "Alone" by Heart for her semi-final performance.

She continued to advance on the show by perfectly playing into her rock star persona. Simon Cowell said she was the only hope for a female to come out on top of season eight. This may have been true, but the dream ended at the final four.

Iraheta was voted out following her rock n' roll week performance. Her debut album comes out later this year.

Exclusive Magazine had the recent pleasure of speaking with Allison about her sound, her bus mates, and, of course, her upcoming debut CD!

You look tired! "Hella Tired, actually,” she laughs.

OK, prior to American Idol you won the Telemundo competition, Quinceanera: Mama Quiero Ser Artista. So, was it winning that that suddenly gave you the belief that Idol was the next one to take on? And, had you not won the Telemundo contest, would you have even entered Idol? “I would have done American Idol either way, yeah. I turned 15 when the show finished and you have to be 16 to audition for American Idol. So, yeah, I would have done it anyway.”

Being that you were the top vote-getting female in Group 2, and 16 at the same time, were you stating to feel the pressure early on and was it affecting you in ways we never saw? “Sorta yeah and sorta no. The pressure is kinda on from the very first auditions. That’s the crazy part. But yeah, it was kinda crazy being the only female from the second group going through. So yeah, you definitely do feel that pressure.”

And when you’re live on stage during these auditions, are you thinking of all those millions watching and voting at home, or are you just focused on what’s happening around you? “The funny thing is that when I’m on stage I blank out,” she laughs. “Which is probably a good thing because if I was paying attention to what was happening I’d probably screw up! I just blank out. I definitely do connect with those that are around me. It’s way hard to connect through a camera through a television. It’s just hard.”

Paula said that if there was ever a Janis Joplin bio-pic that you had to get the role! How flattered by that statement were you … and yet, how much about Joplin did you know prior to her statement?! “I knew about her, yeah. A lot of people have even told me that I’d do a good role for it,” she laughs. “I would definitely be honored. She’s an idol for me so that would be amazing.”

Your favorite quote is: ‘I’ll never let you go, if you promise not to fade away’ - Is that from the Muse song ‘Starlight’? “Yeah, it is,” she laughs again. “I’ve been listening to Muse for a while now. Pretty much right now it means take advantage of your surroundings now as most all of it is already here before my eyes. And even if it’s not right before you it’s still there. For me, that will be something that I will always take with me.”

Now that you are one of only three (3) artists from this American Idol Season 8 that got signed to 19 Entertainment/RCA, when can we expect this coming debut CD and what can you tell us about how its coming together? “It’s started … on days off here on the tour we’ve done some recording … yay,” she laughs. “I don’t know the exact release date but it hopefully will be this November.”

You share a tour bus with Lil Rounds and Megan Joy … so, who’s the messiest and who’s the one with the biggest secrets?! “I’m way the messiest,” she laughs. “And we’ve all got secrets! The funny thing is all three of us stick together so we’re like a little clique.”

“So, there’s only us three on that bus … and yes, there’s secrets going around on that bus … but it’s only us three that get to share them!”

Come on then, reveal just one of those secrets now! “Well, it’s a secret,” she dramatically overly-stresses, “so maybe I shouldn’t say anything.”

Tell me something about yourself that in all these interviews you do that you’ve yet mentioned? “Huh, that makes me think … well, this fame, this tour has obviously taken me away from my family. Not having the personal life I used to have. I was way crazy when I didn’t have cameras on me … but now, I have to calm down,” she smiles, head slightly tilted, a beautiful, young, innocent gleam in her eyes.

Interview: Russell A. Trunk

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