Allison Fires Back at Simon

by | May 8, 2009 at 8:07 PM | American Idol

The day after what many viewers felt was a stunning exit on “American Idol,” leaving the first all-male Top 3 in “Idol” history, 17-year-old Allison Iraheta stepped up to the phone and talked about her journey on the show.

She talked about finally speaking up in light of judge Simon Cowell’s constant criticism on Tuesday night, what it was like being the only girl left in the competition until last night, and the irony of having former fourth-place finisher Chris Daughtry on stage the same night she was abruptly ousted in fourth place. Keep reading to see what she had to say.

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On Danny’s scream on Tuesday and whether that gave her more confidence…
You know what? I don’t know how to say it, because it was weird. I’ve been in the bottom three so many times and I was really prepared for anything. When it was down to me and Danny, I was, like, it’s either him or me. I’m just really happy I made it this far, and I’m glad I got the opportunity to be on that stage.

On her duet with Adam, and how they determined the pairings…
We thought about doing a duet for a while, now. We were like, “We’ve got to do one.” “Slow Ride” was on the list, and we just thought, that sounds fun, we should do that. We’re even planning on doing that song on the tour. We chose (the pairings).

On borrowing Adam’s hair stylist…
He had originally told me about his friend that’s done his hair for, like, two years. I need to go to her, and she hooked me up and we really had fun.

On what she thinks of the four-judge panel and new judge Kara DioGuardi…
Change is good. I love Kara, and it’s awesome that they change it up. You don’t want to be stuck seeing the same thing. I think it’s pretty cool that they bring something different to the table.

On being the only girl in the house and getting picked on…
It was so fun, like, they would pick on me. Say we’re having a little argument, they’d be, like, “You stay out of this, you’re only 12 years old.” It was like a family, you know? Just really great. And we got along really well. They would really stand up for me, and the cool thing was that they would help me with song choices and things like that, too.

On dealing with Simon’s constant comments about her being boring and unlikeable…
It was, like, every week. It’s so boring, I’m boring and I have no personality. “OK, Simon.” And I’m not really the kind of person that talks back, out of respect. But, I mean, (Tuesday night), he was, like, “Start begging.” I just felt it was the perfect time to stand up for myself and say I’m not who you are saying I am. I’m not boring. You say I don’t talk, so I might as well just talk. I felt like this was the perfect time for me to come in (and respond).

On whether she’ll continue to sing in Spanish…
Definitely. If I have the opportunity to, I definitely want to bring back what I first started doing. I started singing in Spanish.

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On whether the accident on set Tuesday night (which left “Idol’s” stage manager in the hospital) distracted her and the other performers…
We didn’t know how to react. It was rehearsal, and she’s a great friend of ours, the stage manager Debbie. We were just, like, “Wow,” and wanted to know how she was doing. They told us she’s doing better and we were just conscious of what was going on. I guess that really helped us continue on and try to do our best.

We were all (distracted). That day was just not going well. Things were just not going the way they were supposed to. But, you know, during each of our performances we all started a little shaky, but we just got into place and continued going on with the show.

On working with Slash…
You have no idea. When I heard it was Slash, I was, like, “Oh my gosh, I can’t wait to meet him, he’s so awesome.” And I got to sing while he was playing for us. It was just such a great opportunity. He was one of the best mentors we’ve had, hands down. We were just so happy he took time out of his schedule.

On whether having Chris Daughtry there cushion the blow of falling in fourth place…
It made me feel better. He’s done so much, done so well. If he’s done that well and didn’t have to make it all the way to the top, it gives me a chance, hopefully. I hope I get to do as well as he does.

On whether the judges’ comments about her clothing and hair bothered her…
It did. I was, like, “C’mon, I’m singing here!” But I think, overall, they all look for what you’re going to do as a selling artist. There were a lot of risks I did (take) in the dressing and all that, but, hey, I had fun with it and that’s all that mattered.

On whether being in the bottom three so often effected her song choices…
It really didn’t effect anything, because I felt like I was doing pretty good. I knew I’d be leaving on a good note. I honestly feel like I did pretty good and I’m pretty proud of myself.

On whether she’ll go back to school…
It depends. If I just take my GED, I’m totally done. But right now, I’m still working on some other stuff with school. I really want to continue with the Idol school. I have a great teacher. I’m in between grades (junior and senior). I was home-schooled, so I was doing a lot of things ahead of time. I’m almost done with school, pretty much.

On her farewell performance…
I was crying and I was singing a song called “Cry Baby.” But it felt so different. It was, like, alright, they’re not going to judge me on this. I just really felt it and I went up to the judges and I was singing to them and I felt really great about it. I just thought, “This is my last time up here, so I might as well just give it my all and go for it.”