Regular readers of Reality Rocks know I love me some Allison Iraheta. I was Team Addison (Adam + Allison) all throughout season 8--although "Team Kradison" (Kris + Adam + Allison) has a nice ring to it, too. And I was genuinely dejected when Allison only made it to fourth place, since I would have loved to see her in the finale. (Just imagine how this little rocker girl could have given Queen a run for their money!) However, my sadness soon turned to gladness once I learned that she'd been signed to 19 Recordings/Jive anyway. Woot!
In fact, I could scarcely contain my excitement over Allison's much-deserved new record deal when I sat down with her at the Idols Live Tour rehearsals. Actually, I could scarcely contain my urge to give her a big congratulatory hug--she was just so frickin' cute! And my exhilaration over Allison's burgeoning career only grew once she revealed that her debut album will be a decidedly rock 'n' roll affair, not watered-down tweenypop. (I feared her label might try to push this 17-year-old sweetheart of season 8 in a more poppy/Disney direction, but thankfully that's not going to be the case.)
Unfortunately, my interview with Allison was all too brief, as she was in the middle of lunch (or, as she endearingly worded it, "stuffing her face") with her mom, Sara Iraheta. But here's a nice behind-the-scenes side note: After this interview, Sara offered to make me my own lunch plate. I politely said no thank you, because I didn't want to inconvenience her--but, like any good motherly soul, Sara absolutely insisted I not go unfed, went into the lunchroom, and emerged with a beautiful, huge Greek salad that she'd arranged just for me.
Sara Iraheta has to be THE best stage mom ever. Is it any wonder Allison turned out to be such an awesome kid?
What's most awesome about Allison is that she always stays true to herself: Watch her gab in this extremely enjoyable interview about being the anti-Miley, standing up for herself on American Idol, and her role as the baby of the AI 8 cast. This clip is evidence that her mom certainly raised her right.
Up next...my final rehearsal interview, with Danny Gokey!
The Idols Live Tour starts July 5, buy your tickets HERE!