April 28th, 2009
08:31 PM ET

Top 5: Happy birthday Allison Iraheta

The  little rocker chick is now 17 and she's got a lot of talent in that tiny teenage body.

Allison Iraheta

Her "Someone to Watch Over Me" was much more subdued than I thought it would be. That song is very nuanced and she sang it well.

She looks adorable and I think she took Jamie Foxx's advice to heart to really personalize the song.

I'm a little tired of the constant "she's just not likable" drum that Simon seems to be beating. So she's not super outgoing, but that doesn't mean she's boring.

She's the last female left and I think she is showing the men that she is in it to win it.

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  1. Dan

    I am not a big fan of Allison's voice, but she is really a down to earth young lady. I love the way she carries herself. She seems to be the kind of girl you would want your son to bring home to meet the family. She seems to just enjoy life and roll with the punches. The cake fight with Danny was priceless. Even though she isn't my favorite, I would not mind seeing her win. I believe that the "American Idol" is more than just a good singer......It's a total package. Allison might just be the total package. I would love to see it come down to allison and Danny.

    April 30, 2009 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. t(RUTH)

    Allison can sing. She has talent and she will be up there with Adam. When that happens, if either Adam or Allison wins, I will be satisfied. Chuck -I agree with you in saying that Simon is wrong about Allison. Personally I think Allison continues to soar. She gets stronger and stronger each week. Her voice is original.
    Shannon – you are wrong about Allison being the 'weakest singer" out there. Dead wrong! and you are very jealous!

    April 30, 2009 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. Polly

    She is young and talented, but she shuld have moved all of us with that song and she DID NOT!

    That's the kind of song few can sing, all can feel and you need to feel it to sing it.


    cute girl though

    April 29, 2009 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bellanna

    Allison all the way

    she definitely should be in the finals.

    There are too many little girls that have all the time in the world and are voting for the cutesy factor the boys have instead of what truly matters.

    This girl has real talent and a voice that is a rare gem.
    I wish there were artists out there that sang like her. LIke pink i would buy her music.

    Kris and matt its time to go.
    Gokey your good but your another Hicks.(i wouldnt buy your songs)
    Adam too theatrical - i really like him he is very talented but he fooling america to get votes of little girls.
    Just go ahead and be true to yourself and dress like boy george.
    There is no shame in being who you are.

    April 29, 2009 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Billy

    This girl gives me that "WOW" factor every week! Happy B-day Allison, I love ya girl.

    April 29, 2009 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. anthony

    Allison won't win, Simon is seeing to that. But she will sell more records and gross more at her concerts than the other four combined. She is the only truely unique talent in the competetion. The other four a very talented and this is probably the best top five in the shows history, but when you hear Allision you know it's Allison, thats not so for the others. Plus, she's only seventeen, she will get even better!

    April 29, 2009 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Carol

    Sorry Allison , Loved Matt G. Not a great proformance for Allison tonight, I don't think Simon has a agenda, he just told it like it was, Matt wqas brilliant.

    April 29, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Linda

    Happy 17th Birthday Allison.
    I think she are wonderful. What a powerful, raspy and fabulous voice. I just love to listen to her. I think Allison will be a part of the top three along with Adam and Danny. You go girl. You are "FABULOUS".

    April 29, 2009 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sara

    Allison ROCKS! Who listens to Simon anyway?

    April 29, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. K Perry

    I thought she did a great job. Simon needs to realize that a 16/17 yr old is just glad to be in the competition, they don't have the maturity to carry the confidence he talked about – remember David Archuletta?

    April 29, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sea Siren

    Allison is an incredible singer, I cannot believe that this girl is only 17!!! She is my second favorite, after Adam of course.

    April 29, 2009 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sally

    Allison's best performance to date. She looked PHENOMENAL. She wasn't overdressed, or overaccessorized, or whatever nonsense she's been wearing every week. She looked fantastic. She sounded fabulous.
    With that said, she will be in the bottom 2. I'm with Simon. Someone has to be in the bottom 2, and Danny and Adam won't be there. That only leaves 3. I'm hoping for a Matt Kris bottom 2, and Matt going home. But since Kris is on an upswing right now, I suspect Kris won't be in the bottom 2 and Allison will be. I'm picking Matt to go home.

    April 29, 2009 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sasha

    I'm not an Allison fan, but she surprised me last night. My beef with her: She needs to stop pronouncing everything with an H sound. Drives me nuts!! And she tends to get a little squeaky. She doesn't believe in herself, and I think it might be the end of the road for her tonight.

    April 29, 2009 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. D. Jones


    I have always been a fan of hers and just know that she will be in the Top 3. I even wish she would win the competition, but so many fans are for Adam and they follow every nuance of Simon's. I agree with Clipper and had the same feeling about Allison singing Somewhere over the Rainbow, last night.

    April 29, 2009 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mike

    It amazes me that Allison has been in the bottom three so many times. Wake up America. I usually agree with Simon, but I really don't get why he keeps saying she has no personality.

    April 29, 2009 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  16. Mike

    Allison and Adam are the only two unique and raw talent left on the show. The other 3 guys are carbon copy, run of the mill, standard, forgetable, performers.

    April 29, 2009 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  17. RMac

    Too young and needs more experience. She has a unique voice and can run with the best of them. Good luck in the next few votes.

    April 29, 2009 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  18. Mike

    I wasnt really an Allison fan either...its not that I dont like her its more that she is simply outclassed by her competition....and again it showed last night. A hell of a job though either way...16 years old with so much talent...this girl will go far (as other runners up have in the past) but she simply will not win idol because of the much higher level of experience/showmanship demonstrated by the lead competitors.

    Sorry Allison...great job...you really do have talent...its just not your time this time. You have a great future ahead of you though.

    April 29, 2009 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  19. Jay

    Allison .... Go ♫ Girl ♫ Go ... to the top-two.

    April 29, 2009 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  20. Jeanne

    I've been an Allison fan all along, but this week, not so much. "Someone To Watch Over Me" is one of my favorite songs and she butchered it. She needs to mature about 10 more years and then try it again. It's a very subtle, intimate, tender song. The phrasing has to be just right and her phrasing was horrendous. That song should NEVER be belted and she belted the end of it and totally ruined it. She's got a great big, belty voice and she would have scored more points if she had sung "Stormy Weather", "Cry Me A River" or "The Man That Got Away" or even "Body and Soul" would have been fantastic. I agree with Simon. Allison's days are numbered. If she doesn't leave this week, it will be next. She cannot win this.

    April 29, 2009 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  21. Lee

    Top 3 singer without a doubt.

    April 29, 2009 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  22. stacey

    I really like allison. I don't ever vote for her, but I do think she deserves to stay in the competition. She has an awesome voice.

    April 29, 2009 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  23. Rob

    She's amazing. Regardless of Simon obviously having been paid off to sabotage her on Idol, she'll go far in the music business. Simon has the power to make or break a contestant at this stage, and he completely torpedoed her chances last night. What sealed his obvious bias for me was how he raved over Matt's lame, off-key performance. Simon, don't you have enough cash without taking under-the-table payoffs for this show?

    April 29, 2009 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  24. tina

    I love Allison! She has been consistently great every week. She has a beautiful voice and is absolutely adorable! I loved what she did with the song; showed her talent for ballads along with the harder stuff she's done. Comments about her lacking "personality" are WAY OFF!!

    April 29, 2009 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  25. JR

    This was one of her best performances I think. She deserves to be in the Top 3 at least. And she looked great last night. She proved she is versatile and can sing anything. Great performance. I cant' stand Simon's comments.....Randy and kara have it right, she is the bomb!!

    April 29, 2009 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  26. Pat

    She surprised me for sure! Finally something different. She rocked Country week & Disco week. Amazing vocals, loved the classy look, the clothing, a skirt – without pants underneath! She showed he feminine side with her demure leg positions. I think that's what Simon picked up on. Allison we will see you in the top 3 !!

    April 29, 2009 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  27. Massimo Mascoli

    Simon drove me completely mad this time. If there is someone with an unbelievable natural talent this is Allison. I don't now why he wants her out so badly. She is 17 years old and among all of them she is the one who really can create a carreer and improve beyond expectations.
    She can actually be a fantastic bi-lingual rockstar (like Shakira) and sell more albums than anyone else in the world (not only the US)

    April 29, 2009 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  28. Dee

    Allison gave me chills. She knocked it out of the park with her performance. Its sad that Simon lets his personal bioses get in the way with his hearing. He wasnt a big fan of Chris Daughtry and look where he is today. He liked his voice but not Chris. If you really want to chose the best, just close your eyes when they sing. You dont see them when you are listening to their CD'S. Thats where it counts. Adam, Danny and Allison are definitely the top 3.

    April 29, 2009 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  29. Justin

    Kelly5 – I agree with most of your comments – I love Allison, too....but take a look on YouTube...she was on a Spanish language style Idol show before this, so she didn't go from singing on a wooden platform in a furniture store to American Idol overnight.

    April 29, 2009 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  30. Carolyn

    I think Jamie hit on something....Allison has the voice but she may lack the life experience to really use her voice to the max. When she does....look out world. She is awesome.

    April 29, 2009 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  31. Donna Cape

    I think she is the best best singer ever! Plus, the best singer i have ever heard in my whole life that i could remember!

    April 29, 2009 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  32. Madeline


    You are such a great singer; you're already a winner.

    April 29, 2009 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  33. Sherry

    I thought she did really well. I loved her voice and the song. I really am not getting Simon's idea of not likeable. Let's review..she has personality, witt and humor! She has everything that the person known as Fantasia doesn't have. She is a contender to the end!

    April 29, 2009 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  34. Sally

    Allison is a beautiful girl. She can really sing. They need to take that hair off her face and show those eyes more. Even if she does not win, she will go someplace in the music business. I think Simon knows Adam and Danny have some risk in winning with Kris and Allison in the picture. Its a tough competition this year.

    April 29, 2009 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  35. Harry

    I love Allison. Last night I voted for the very first time, because i want to see her stay in the competition. But lets face it, unless allison or one of the others does something absolutely amazing, this is a race for second place. Adam is in a class by himself, and considering his experience it is no wonder he is a better performer.

    April 29, 2009 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  36. Sam

    Allison will not be the next American Idol. She sounds like smoker and her pitch is questionable. Ginget i'm not sure what perfect pitch your hearing when you listen to Allison but as a singer her pitch is far from perfect. I'm not saying she does not have talent she's just not Adam.

    April 29, 2009 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  37. Linda

    Allison did well!

    April 29, 2009 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  38. Bill

    She should win the whole thing, she's got the best voice and is the most enjoyable to listen to. Sadly, I don't think it'll work out that way...but one can hope.

    April 29, 2009 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  39. Martone

    I don't think she is unlikable as much is just flat out boring..

    April 29, 2009 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  40. Lisbela Lopez

    I think the comments that Simon made last night really can have a bad influence and effect in the public. I think Lambert is really talented but overrated ! Aliison or Lamber can easily be the next american idol but the comments that simon made last night may have jeprodized the results.

    April 29, 2009 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  41. Kelly5

    Allison Iraheta has a gorgeous voice. I think she is worthy of the top spot on this contest–winner!

    I saw another blog post on here rhetorically asking whether Simon Cowell has a problem with women. Well, yea. Look at how he treats Paula. He is trying to manipulate the public into voting for the contestants that he likes, regardless of whether they are the best talent on the show or not.

    Here is how I rank the last five: Danny, Allison, and Kris are superb and excellent and all deserving of winning; Matt is very, very good but not quite the stuff of an Idol winner, although I hope he goes forth with an amazing career. Adam is in a league of his own. He was a professional performer before he was tagged to be on this show and he really should not be on the show because of his history as a professional stage performer. I think he is amazing, but again he is in another class. Adam is an apple, and the others are oranges. They should not be competing in the same competition together.

    Before this show, Allison sang for fun on a wooden platform in a furniture store, for crying out loud. She is the type of raw, undiscovered talent that this show is supposed to be about. She has matured considerably in how she presents herself over the last couple of months. Her mannerisms are more womanlike, less flighty girly, and she is trying to speak in more thoughtful instead of flippant ways. She is an inspiration and has such an amazing voice and delivery. I hope she cuts an album as soon as possible.

    Way to go Allison!

    April 29, 2009 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  42. Penny

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET 17! You are growing more powerful with each performance. I think it will be Adam vs Allison or Adam vs Kris. But, please do not put Danny in the finals. He is so boring and always sounds the same on every song! It's not that he is not a good singer, I just don't see myself going to his concerts or buying his records. Allison just needs a little more experience and she will burn up the stage like Adam! Adam, Kris and Allison are my TOP 3!!!

    April 29, 2009 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  43. Brecken

    Allison, your voice is amazing. Simon has an agenda and Karma will get him. Randy is on target. Your performace was awsome. You have a wonderful personality, unique, your own. Simon is over rated. Know this. He comes from a small island in Europe, where music has stagnated. He is no one to judge you.
    Of course you want to win this SINGING competiotion, that is why you are competing and that is what you demonstrate week after week.
    Some Islanders just don't get it.

    April 29, 2009 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  44. Judy Kemp

    Allison has a great voice – but not the caliber of the other contestants. She doesn't have the range of emotion in her songs – as some have said kind of scratchy or screatchy. She will be big no doubt, already there. But BOT American Idol. She will go next week.

    April 29, 2009 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
  45. Deb

    The first time I heard you I thought immediately of Janis Joplin. You have that of raw appeal and way way way better voice. Dig deep and lose yourself in it.

    April 29, 2009 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  46. Deb

    Hey Allison, I don't think Simon's comments have anything to do with whether you are likeable or not because you are VERY likeable. I think his comments about showing commitment have nothing to do with your voice and talent, which is awesome, instead it has more to do with your image. By now, how much thought do you put into the visual image you present. Are you presenting who you really are as an artist and stage presence or are you presenting someone's else's idea of who they think you are and should be?
    Just asking.
    Loved you song tonight.

    April 29, 2009 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  47. Marnie

    Don't get too attached. She's the next one to go.

    April 29, 2009 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  48. GA-Peachgirl

    I absolutely LOVE Allison!!! This girl has an awesome voice and she is true to herself every week. My prediction is Adam and Allison in final 2! They are the only contestants who I have downloaded songs from on iTunes. Can't wait to see who goes home this week...could it be Matt or maybe Danny - Either would be fine with me. I am so tired of them pimping Danny. Yes, I get his wife died and that is a horrible thing to have to endure, but really he just isn't that good.
    ROCK ON Allison and Adam!

    April 29, 2009 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  49. Geri

    I hope Allison & Danny are in the final three. Adam is SO Steven Tyler, and Kara was SO right about him being sleezy (not saying that doesn't appeal to many). I just think Allison & Danny have so much more of a mainstream appeal & marketability to them than Adam...he's got his niche, but then again so did Taylor Hicks.

    April 29, 2009 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  50. dana

    Love her and would buy her cds over and over again.

    April 29, 2009 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  51. Willow

    Allison is a much better singer than she is given credit for. She has a wonderful smokey quality to her voice that I believe could take her into any genre of music she would choose. She is extremely poised for her age but at a disadvantage because the judges are not going to give her the props she deserves. They have virtually decided that it needs to be Adam and Danny as the final two, which I believe is a real mistake on their parts. Adam belongs on Broadway where his theatrical performances would fit in beautifully, and Danny, altlhough he has a nice voice, it isn't in anyway discernable from a lot of other singers in the music world. Allison's voice is recognizable without seeing who it is singing. For a real shake up it would be great to see Allison and Kris as the final two; a little egg on the judges faces.

    April 29, 2009 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  52. Galoux

    One of my favorite standards, and I thought she sang it very well. There was an innocence mixed with an understanding that usually belongs to someone older. (And by the by, happy 17th!) She has a wonderful range of abilities, I think, and I don't get Simon's remarks to her tonight/ I think she definitely believes in herself, and I think others like her. What's not to like?

    April 29, 2009 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  53. Grant Devereaux

    Loved her performance. She is a major talent, whether Simon thinks so or not.

    April 29, 2009 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  54. MnM

    I thought Allison was stellar tonight. She really connected with the audience singing that song. I had tears in my eyes.

    April 29, 2009 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  55. Justin

    I thought Allison was fantastic tonight – just as she is almost every time out. I'm riveted when she sings..there's a ton of emotion in her vocals and so much depth and color to the tone of her voice. And I think she's got a great personality. I don't understand what Simon is thinking, and he keeps saying it to the point that it's become tired. He's nuts. Allison and Adam are my favorites. Danny's got a great voice, too...Kris has got a lot of talent, as does, Matt, but compared to Allison and Adam, they're not my choices for an American Idol.

    April 29, 2009 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  56. AtIslander

    I have been an Allison fan from the beginning, every week I look forward to hearing what she'll do with a song! I thought she was incredible tonight. I felt that Simon was on his own agenda and had decided to dog her regardless of what she did, if you play it back, when it was his turn, he immediately asked her if she thought she could win...what????? I feel that Simon is almost hating on AI, yet he has this adoring looks for his stupid Britain's got talent 'singers'. Simon, America has given you tons and tons of money, have some respect for our singers, the audience, our country and do NOT insult those of us who love music!!!!

    Allison handled herself very well against his stupid comments, and i respect/admire her MORE!

    April 29, 2009 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  57. Nethie

    There's no doubt, the girl can sing. She has out-performed every contestant on the stage and deserves to win.

    April 29, 2009 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  58. Happy in Arizona

    Allison sounds the same no matter what. I am to the point I can't stand her anymore. It's time for her to go.

    April 29, 2009 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  59. Delia

    Simon would like her better if she'd dress like she did last week - like some tramp. She makes a cute tramp to be sure but with a voice like she's got, she doesn't have to put on pretty paper to be noticed. She and Adam should be in the finals!

    April 29, 2009 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  60. yes, yes, yes Allison

    She has so much potential, it's scary.

    no personality? She is full of life and, for a young teenage woman, she has bigger balls than any of the men left there!!!!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2009 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  61. GO Allison

    I think the judges definitely want to rigg thigns a certain way.

    Allison has a lot going for her, mainly MASSIVE growth potential, which Adam does not have at all.

    April 29, 2009 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  62. Allison!

    She is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2009 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  63. bs

    Wow. Allison's was the only song tonight that I really could listen to 100 times. Matt seemed to change the key a couple times during the song. Kris is great, but his number wasn't his best. I can't stand any more of Danny's shouting (honestly, when will the judges and voters learn the difference between singing and shouting). Adam was stellar, but this isn't his element (he needs to go straight to the head of a band that is a cross between The Cure and Queen). Ultimately, Simon needs to stop pre-judging. Allison had by far the most sincere and moving performance tonight. I am absolutely horrified by the thought that her demise tomorrow night seems imminent (unless America has half a brain and votes Matt off – again).

    April 29, 2009 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  64. Ben Lee

    What a way to redeem herself from butchering Donna Summer last week! This girl's got class and I will buy her album of standards if she does one. She still needs work on her phrasing, other than that, I am way impressed with her vocals on this song – for the first time, I was so proud of her! By the way, I was never a fan.

    April 29, 2009 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  65. Jack in TampaBay

    That is one of my all time favorite songs and Allison did it proud!

    I'd be surprised if it wasn't Allison & Adam in the finals.

    April 29, 2009 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  66. Jeremiah

    "Lack of personality" please at least she's real unlike Adam who is all show. Then again America is a bunch of mindless sheeple and can't seen true talent in people Allison.

    April 29, 2009 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  67. Isabella Eck

    I think Allison was flawless and delivered an amazing & powerful performance tonight. First time I disagree with Simon. What is he up to? Allison, you were great, congratulations!

    April 29, 2009 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  68. Alanna

    Allison is fantastic and definitely should be in the finals with Adam. They are the best – no question! Matt should never have been brought back-sorry Matt fans, but does not belong with best 5. Simon has his head up his butt tonight. Power tripping – again? Kris is cute but it's time to go too.
    Danny is definitely a power house too but just doesn't bring the unique-ness to the field like Allison & Adam. I always say to myself – would I pay to see this person perform and be excited to see them, and this season it is all about the two A's!!!

    April 29, 2009 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  69. Ralph

    This girl rocks the house. She deserves to be in the top 3. Although she's not as good as Adam and Gocky, she's bound to be a successful artist. And that's good enough to me. Daughtry didn't win and yet he's one of the most successful non-idols ever. And how about Jennifer Hudson?

    April 28, 2009 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  70. fradman

    You are idiots if you don't understand what Simons doing. He's keeping her, getting her votes.

    April 28, 2009 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Gee Dub

    Cowell is sabotaging Allison for one reason......HE wants to sign her....she is the ONE who will be a true star....Adam, he's great, but he is destined for Theater.....Allison, she's a pop star. That voice you just can't teach. The natural! She may in fact be in "trouble", but this time next year she will be who we're all talking about.....the others, just yesterdays news.

    April 28, 2009 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Christopher shields

    I loved her performance

    April 28, 2009 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  73. patsy

    Allison is so talented and has star power! She did a fantasic job tonight – reminded me of a current day Judy Garland! She definitely deserves to be in the top 3! I am so tired of Simon's comments. Can we vote him off?

    April 28, 2009 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  74. bridgette

    I am not a fan of Allison's performances, but tonight I liked her performances. Unfortunately for her, her good performance is overshadowed by Danny's and Adam's great performance. She's going to be in the bottom three and possibly going home, not because she did bad, but because she's not as popular as most of the guys. Her personality doesn't show through, and it's become not only an singing competition, but also an popularity contest. So, having fans like you for your personality, does matter when it comes to voting. Adam and Danny have big fan bases and she's likely to be in the bottom three until the final week, and each time she's there, it increases her chances to be voted off.

    April 28, 2009 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Jen

    What is all of this talk about Allison's lack of personality? I think she is hysterical - she has a wonderful dry humor that may be lost on many. Also, I think she is incredibly poised for her age, not to mention talented.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Reader

    Allison is the only one I'm voting for tonight. She never flubs a note, and yet you never know where her voice is going to take you next. The uniqueness and nuance in her singing is extraordinary, and I love that her voice has character instead of being a trained, sterile voice you so often hear with teenage prodigies.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Laurenn

    Every week she blows Me away and her being my age I think she has plenty of confidence and personality. But because of simons stupid comment, I think she might go home which would really upset me and prove this show is based on favoritism and not talent

    April 28, 2009 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  78. eric

    She is geat and I love her! She does need to change her look- The bad red hair needs to go fast before it is too late. There was a little black in her hair today, maybe it's a start.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Ginger

    Allison, you rock. You're voice has that raspy voice that is sexy and you have perfect pitch. Go girl.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Snowball

    Shellyspice you are right on! Allison should have sung The Rose, and I was hoping she would. I nearly fainted when I heard that Lil was singing it. It was nearly unrecognizable.

    Allison is a major talent, and I predict she'll have a successful career. Just let her age a bit, and she'll be topping the charts.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  81. J-Man

    Simon was playing some reverse psychology. He wants her to go through, so he threatens she'll be going home this week to stir the fan base. Come on people!

    April 28, 2009 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Nick

    Who cares if she is a little Shy it has nothing to do with her singing she is amazing



    April 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Kristi

    She did a lot better tonight than I had expected, but she's still one of my least favorite on the show. She's tiresome in my opinion. I couldn't listen to an entire CD of her voice. I think it's time for her to go.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Jeff

    I love Allison but she looses votes by going out of her way not to be sexy. She has a beautiful voice but unfortunately sex sells. Turn on the sex appeal and her vote count would shoot through the roof.

    April 28, 2009 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Shannon

    Little Red shoud be voted for multiple times. She's too shy to speak up for herself so we should do it for her! VOTE! Shes got the Janice Joplin skills but can clearly hang in the ballad dept! This girls NEEDS TO STAY IN!!

    April 28, 2009 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  86. AE

    Allison is absolutely AMAAAAAZING!!! Every week she is perfection. Whether you like her singing style or not, you can't deny the girl can really sing her heart out. She was superb tonight as always. I love this girl. I really hope she makes it into the final 2 because she more than deserves it. And even if she doesn't make it.. I know there will be a record deal waiting for her the second she steps off that stage. GO ALLISON.

    P.S. I have a problem with paula abdul never giving this girl enough credit. She kind of just says.. you did really good, nice job and then turns her cheek. But for the guys she gets up and goes hysterical and pours her heart out.. what the hell is up with that??? Paula stinks

    April 28, 2009 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Sheri

    Beautiful performance... I adore Allison's unassuming nature and quiet confidence. I completely disagree with Simon about a lack of personality. I much prefer Allison to one who is arrogant and argues with the judges, who definitely know the business...

    April 28, 2009 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Nadia

    I agree with people who think Simon has an agenda... It was weird the way he praised Matt (horrible singing!) and picked on Allison. Poor girl looked so scared and nervous after hearing his "critique".

    I agree that she doesn't have the confidence of a winner altough she is mature far beyond her years. For my taste, actually, sorry to say it, but she looks very vulgur – from the hair, to the makeup to the dress style and the demeanor – not 17 but over 30s... She sounds good, and with the right songs could be a great star but she doesn't have any kind of teenage girl – innocence – Kapraesque quality, far from it.... I always feel like I am in a smoke filled night club listening to her. But I wish her the best. My opinion: Matt must come out and she deserves one more week.

    April 28, 2009 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Nick

    Alison was amazing and don't stop voting 4 her is one of the best singers in this competion, the show can't afford to lose her

    GO Alison

    April 28, 2009 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Renuka

    Alison was cute and powerful all at the same time. That girl can sing! Happy Birthday, kiddo.

    April 28, 2009 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  91. CW

    I didn't like her performance.

    April 28, 2009 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Clipper

    Is Simon married? Doe he have something against women? What is his problem? I thought Allison seemed more confident tonite than she ever has. I loved her performance; it made me cry a little. I would buy an albumn of songs like that sang by Allison if she would include "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

    April 28, 2009 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  93. jwl

    Shannon...r u serious. She is not the weakest singer.....I am a vocal coach and she is a technically perfect singer. Her pitch is dead on every time...it never wavers, unlike a lot of other singers who use runs and riffs to cover lousy pitch.

    April 28, 2009 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Tina

    Allison has my vote. I like the amateur talent that AI is supposed to represent. I wish Simon would quit putting her down. She has fantastic vocals and I think she could record now

    April 28, 2009 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  95. exactaman

    Hey this young lady blows me away every week. I think she has talent that is far beyond not only her years...but also the years of anyone out there right now. what a voice...what talent....and like Randy told her...no matter what anyone else tells you....that was the bomb.....

    I think she is in until the end.

    April 28, 2009 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  96. frank

    Alison is the best. She has the unique magnetic voice. While Adam can only scream. Samon didn't like Adam at beginning, but now follows the herds to flatter Adam, I don't think judge knows any better than we do.

    April 28, 2009 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  97. watch'n n wait'n

    She did great! I hope she will be in the top 3!

    April 28, 2009 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Paul

    Well I waited till they were all done. Tonight, Alison was the strongest for me. Simon has an agenda. Pushing Matt who was booooring and Danny who screeched is way through another song.

    April 28, 2009 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Rafael

    I heart her. Big time.

    April 28, 2009 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Eva

    Personally i like her, but I did not love her performance

    April 28, 2009 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  101. ch1ck

    Didn't like it. Anxiously waiting for Adam.

    April 28, 2009 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Tim

    Allison - Happy Birthday!!

    I don't understand why the judges don't see how great you really are.... You really are ahead of your years. I think you are the best left in the competition and should win it all...you have my vote!!!!!

    April 28, 2009 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Shannon

    She needs to go home. She is the weakest singer in the bunch. And Shellyspice, she ain't no Janice Joplin!

    April 28, 2009 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  104. mara

    WOW! She was so wonderful AGAIN tonight. Some folks think she has no personality. How developed was yours at 16/17? She is so incredible with her ability to not only perform but the confidence to do so in front of America. So many folks love to tear this girl down. I find her amazing. I love her voice and hope she gets into the upper three. She is better than Danny and Matt and doesn't scream like Adam sometimes does. Happy Birthday to Alison

    April 28, 2009 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Lily

    I thought she was great.

    April 28, 2009 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Shelby

    I have to say I enjoyed her performance tonight. For once, she didn't scream the song!

    April 28, 2009 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Wm

    Happy Birthday Allison! I loved the song tonight "Someone To Watch
    Over Me"; you sang it well. When I was 17, I could never have done what you are doing! Heck, I could never do it now at my age which is
    much older than you! Good luck, Allison, and you are giving the guys a
    run for their money!

    April 28, 2009 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Shellyspice

    Allison has a voice like Janice Joplin – she should have been the one who sang that song from the movie "The Rose" instead of Lil Rounds a few weeks ago.

    April 28, 2009 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Bob S

    For me, not having been a fan of Allison, this was the first performance of hers I enjoyed. I agree with Simon, if she does not go home this week, it's definitely bottom 3 time.

    April 28, 2009 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Bob

    If this is a talent contest Allison should win hands down. But since it isn't, she won't.

    We already have too many "personalities". Give me a girl who can sing and she sung the hell out of that song.

    April 28, 2009 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Yuna

    She did great!!!! Simon is tone deaf! I agreed with the other three...she will be in the finals.

    April 28, 2009 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Chuck

    Allison Iraheta will be in the top 3. I don't understand Simon sometimes and he was wrong tonight about Allison.

    April 28, 2009 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Will

    Simon continues to try to sabotage her. My fear is that America will listen to him.

    April 28, 2009 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Cy

    I don't know. I'm kind of with Simon. To me, it's not that she is unlikable, it's that it is difficult to like her: her personality is weak. And that performance, while very good, was slow and boring. It totally lacked personality.

    April 28, 2009 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Dcutch

    really good Allison! 8 out of 10!

    April 28, 2009 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |

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