May 5th, 2009
08:25 PM ET

Top 4: Allison Iraheta is a 'Cry Baby'

How funny is it that Allison went to Adam's hairstylist to get her new 'do?

Allison Iraheta

I agree with Slash that Allison seems "predisposed for the Joplin thing."

Allison singing Janis Joplin's "Cry Baby" appeared to be a no-brainer, and while she is in good voice tonight, I really need someone to work with her on her pronunciation.

She sings her little rocker chick heart out, but I couldn't make out half the words!

I wanted to really, really love it, and I didn't.

She tries to justify her song choice, and good for her. Unfortunately, I think Allison may be in trouble after this.

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    October 20, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |

    allison, you are better than joplin.i was rock better than anyone i have heard in years.keep of your biggest fans.

    May 14, 2009 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. RK

    I have never left a comment on a blog before but I just had to leave one for Allison. She absolutely ROCKS! I was so disappointed watching last night's show without her. The show just wasn't the same. Quite honestly, she is what kept my interest in AI this season. She is the only contestant this year that I can see myself enjoying listening to on the radio. And by the way, I loved Cry Baby. I watched the performance 3 times.

    I KNOW that Allison has a bright future ahead of her.

    May 13, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |


    May 13, 2009 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. ms.molly


    May 7, 2009 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mama


    May 6, 2009 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. just joe

    .....bring on "America's Got Talent!"

    May 6, 2009 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |

    ya know...did we really understand janis all the time ? and what about Dylan? we all are guity of singing the wrong words because we can't hear clearly. "inagodadavida baby" get off of it

    May 6, 2009 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Thorne

    You know, I really like Allison and I think she is immensely talented. I'm also a big Janis Joplin fan. I just have a few issues with Allison's performance...
    first of all Janis was so much about the baggage that made her sing the blues/rock that lent a sincerity to her music. Allison is IMO a better singer than Janis, but Janis had that .... gut wrenching power and sadness. So probably not a good choice for a 17 year old.

    Enunciate... please. I know she can do it.

    I'm glad that she didn't sing Piece of my Heart because she was dead on about it having been done to death. Someone else mentioned Barracuda by Heart, now that is a great idea! I would have loved to have seen that.

    And girl's hair... looked awesome.

    May 6, 2009 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pat

    Allison ditch the wig & forget about hair extensions!!!

    May 6, 2009 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Thomas

    For seven seasons of AI I not only didn't watch but also gave people a lot of guff about the waste of time that I thought AI was. night I had left my TV on the "wrong channel" and as I came around the corner to change it from the AI junk Allison Iraheta started to sing. Allison Iraheta is so awsome that I have not missed AI since. I'm not into music but I do know a "SENSATION" when I here one. Rock on Allison...I can't wait to watch you win!!!

    May 6, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Fredrick

    Allison – wonderful performance. Simon is all wet sometimes. YOU ARE as good or better than the other performers. The judges contradict themselves all the time. You have personality, stage Presence, and that tremendous voice. Loved "Someone to Watch Over me" and Blame your Heart. So all my votes in the hundreds go to you..............

    May 6, 2009 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BR

    The results are here... Danny the winner

    May 6, 2009 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. Why all the hate?

    I don't get why people are so against Allison? She is the ONLY performer (well maybe Kris too) that has any individuality left in their voice and personality.

    May 6, 2009 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ben

    Seems the judges want to get rid of her. She was ten times better than either Kris or Danny. This show is fixed anyhow.

    May 6, 2009 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  16. Never Nice

    It's obvious that Simon just isn't a big fan of female performers. Although I think he was truly impressed with Allison's gumption last night. He's still totally anti-female in general.

    And why is every judge so overly in love with Adam every week he does his flamboyant scream-sing performances? It smells fishy to me....

    May 6, 2009 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  17. Shayla

    I love Allison. I desperately love this girl. I want to see her be a star, but in a band. She's got some pipes on her, and I think she is the truest talent this year. She's got a natural voice, and a natural presence. I also love that she has the courage to stand up for herself against the judges. Frankly, I would have liked to hear her sing a song by Heart last night. Really show 'em what she's got. I know Heart is way overdone on Idol, but rarely is it done well. (Ramiele, anyone? Ugh.)

    I wanna see that girl shine. I want her to be the breakout star this year.

    May 6, 2009 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  18. Wendy

    Allison was really good! She rocked!!! I loved it! She's really soooooo cute!

    May 6, 2009 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  19. shannon

    Allison has a strong, passionate voice, but I cannot understand a single word coming out of her mouth when she sings. I teach English to international students, even those who have only studied for one year have better pronunciation than she does.

    May 6, 2009 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  20. Scout


    May 6, 2009 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  21. Himes

    Allison rules.

    Adam will sell only his first alblum.

    Kaaoke Gokey and Chris Mraz will disappear after the tour.

    Simon is tired of the job and way too prejudiced...he is the one that needs to go.

    May 6, 2009 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  22. Jackie

    Way to go Allison!!! The "Cry Baby" performance wasn't her best, but she still sounded great! She did an amazing job in the duet with Adam as well. All of my votes went to her. I hope we see Adam and Allison in the final, it would be so much fun to watch!

    May 6, 2009 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  23. Galoux

    I like Allison. A lot. I don't get the "robotic" comments or the "no personality" remarks, which, frankly, sound like parroting Simon. I think that for someone who is only 17, she has shown a surprising understanding of songs that are emotionally complex. The one complaint that I have about Janis songs for anybody's song choice is that they are so very iconic. I can't hear them without hearing them as an overlay to Janis performing them, even though she died when I was still in my teens. I think it's a rare circumstance when a singer doesn't run afoul of that with some Janis songs.

    May 6, 2009 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  24. Susan Tiffany

    Allison, I am an American Idol addict and watch the show all the time. This is the first time I have sent in a comment.

    I could not have disagreed more with the judges last night. Only one singer last night gave me chills when they sang, and that was you. Your rendition of 'Cry Baby' was amazing. I hope you do well tonight. I kept trying to call in to vote and could never get through. That is always a good sign.

    May 6, 2009 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  25. Cowbelle

    Allison should be safe this week. She out-performed Danny and Kris, and held her own during the duet with Adam.

    Some viewers may need to invest in a new television or get their hearing tested. I understood every lyric Allison sang, and I have old ears.

    I thought Paula's semi-lucid comment about Allison being perfect for a Joplin biopic overlooked "The Rose" with Bette Midler playing a Joplinesque character.

    And once again, I am definitively tired of the tedious and adolescent exchanges between Paula and Simon. And speaking of insipid monotony: could Ryan be any more obnoxious? He gives my brain a rash.

    May 6, 2009 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
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    May 6, 2009 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  27. nic

    Loved Allison singing Joplin! And would watch her in that made for tv biopic too. Enjoyed the duet with Adam as well, though enjoyed Allison in it more than Adam. I think his novelty's worn off for me–at least he didn't scream– or perhaps I just haven't drunk my Adam juice. I don't think either of them are going anywhere however; while I'd like to see Adam exit stage left, it shouldn't happen based on last night's performances.

    May 6, 2009 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  28. Mike H.

    I was disappointed that Allison chose a Janis Joplin song. Allison is better than that screaming and yelling that shows up in every Joplin song. I think a Pat Benatar (Fire and Ice) would have been a better song choice. Nevertheless, Allison did sound good and she likely paved the way to the finals.

    May 6, 2009 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
  29. ANN

    Should have done Proud Mary.

    May 6, 2009 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  30. Nethie

    Not her best song choice, but she still sang her little heart out, and I love her for it.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  31. Cstewa

    She is horrible. I do not have a clue how she has fans, ans how people's ears do not bleed when she sings... mine do. Get her off, this is supposed to be a talent show

    May 6, 2009 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  32. sandy

    Allison deserves more credit, especially from Simon. She is so talented and sang the song well...why pick at her song choice after the fact?

    May 6, 2009 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  33. Alison

    Allison..all the way!!!! best singer

    May 6, 2009 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  34. Joan

    Well, this old lady rocked with Joplin....and those of you who don't think Allison compares with her obviously never heard Joplin, recorded or live.

    Allison rocked the house tonight and showed Kris and Kareoke Gokey the door!

    Adam and Allison in the finals!

    Gokey needs to go home tomorrow!

    May 6, 2009 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  35. laurie

    I, too, am old enough to remember Janis Joplin . Allison has not yet had the life experiences to really put pain and heartache into a song the way only Joplin could . But all in all I like Allison's performance and I think Janis would have approved!!

    May 6, 2009 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  36. snead

    Before tonight I'd have said Allison could belt anything, but her voice just wasn't big enough for that song. But jeez, she's 17.

    May 6, 2009 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  37. Ben Lee

    She will stay for another week because of her duet with Adam. I think Adam yanked her out of her shell. Yes, her vocals were great this evening but her talent is too raw – she needs more training and exposure.

    May 6, 2009 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  38. Darcie

    I like Allison and thought this would be a great song choice for her. She almost pulled it off, but not quite. She slurs too much, it really bothers me. And while I liked her being feisty at the end, it did come off too much as trying to explain herself. Reminded me of Lil. If you have to explain it, then it wasn't right in the first place. She's been in the bottom three so many times that she is definitely at risk.

    May 5, 2009 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  39. anee

    Go Allison!!

    May 5, 2009 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  40. anee

    Sorry ppl Allison should be the winner. She has talent. Adam has also, but does not represent an American Idol......

    May 5, 2009 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Tracy G

    I absolutely love Allison – she's an amazing singer. Her and Adam are destined for greatness! Was that an AWESOME duet or what?!?!

    May 5, 2009 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Linda Torrence

    I have always liked Allison, but do think she could have chosen a better song. She's still learning and the 2nd. best up there! Needs to work on diction and would like to see her move around the stage more and relate more to the audience, both up close and with her facial expressions. Her duet tonight with Adam was so good, that I replayed it 3 times. She should never be in the bottom. She better not go!

    May 5, 2009 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  43. shirley

    I thought Alison was the best tonight. Her song choice-perfect.
    I also thought Simon's comment Beg...Beg was humiliating to this young woman. For a grown man this was lousy....and I usually like Simon.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Josee

    LOVED Allison, but I thought she was a bit better in the duet, she seemed more at ease.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Skylar

    She was FABULOUS tonight. She deserves to be in the top 2 with Adam.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  46. idol fan

    Tim I completely agree with you! I don't get why Simon and the judges are always so hard on her. She definitely held her own in the duet and deserves to stay b/c of her own abilities. That duet with Adam was AWESOME!!! I absolutely loved it. I wish she would get the praise she deserves from the judges. An Allison/Adam finale would be great but I really think the judges love Danny and he's going to end up in the finale. Ugh! Danny sings well enough (tonight was aweful though!) but I would never buy his album. And I would never go see him perform, how boring!! Adam and Allison sing VERY VERY WELL and perform well too! That's where they completely outshine Danny and Kris. I would pay money to see Adam and Allison.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Greg

    Loved her. Best of the night. I think she outscored Adam in the duet, hands down.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Snowball

    I was so please with Allison's performance tonight. She's proved again what a fabulous singer she is.

    Allison and Adam are the only two who will be marketable after the Idol tour is over. Danny and Kris are good singers and nice guys, but I don't think either one of them will sell out many concert venues.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  49. mark

    allison rocked tonite...she better not go home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 5, 2009 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  50. SAS

    Simon never has a nice thing to say about Allison. Simon is letting his obvious bias for Adam show. He should no longer be judging the competition if he can't be fair.

    Allison and Aam are both supremely talented and are out of this world musically. I favor Allison by a mile, but see why others would like Adam. However, he is a "screamer" at times. Further, he is a singer who has been performing for the public for a while, so it gives him an unfair advantage. He seems more polished, because that is his profession. I do not think pros should be allowe to compete in this venue.

    Gokey and Allen showed their weaknesses tonight. One or both should go home.

    May 5, 2009 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Janet Faye

    I'm old enough to remember Joplin. Allison has a much better voice, and I think even Janis would admit that her voice was not strong technically. However, what Janis had and projected so well in her performances is Personality and Sex Appeal. Joplin OWNED the stage when she was on it. Allison is a little young for that yet, but she has a killer voice and really killed it!

    May 5, 2009 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  52. B

    I don't like Joplin so I didn't care for her song choice but she was strong. And, if I can be completely shallow, I LOVED her hair extensions!! Adam's "hair girl" is great!

    May 5, 2009 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Joan

    Allison is one of my favorites....and Danny should go home based on his performance tonight. Actually, except for last week, Danny has been "kareoke Danny" for a long time.

    My vote for the finals is Adam vs. Allison

    May 5, 2009 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Juno

    She needs to gooooooooooooooo! Arrogant...not likable. Every song she sings sounds the same....ditto for Adam.

    May 5, 2009 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Larry "O"

    Was waiting for Barracuda by Heart...Darn. Was ok. Duet was the bomb with Adam though and if any one noticed he went down on the ending note not up.

    May 5, 2009 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  56. sandi

    I agree with Ann, I've been saying for weeks that I can't understand anything she says. She's definitely got talent and with age will get better and better. I liked the duet with Adam more than I liked her solo.
    It's hard to tell what is going to happen tomorrow. They are all talented.

    May 5, 2009 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Tim

    I like Simon as a judge a lot...but tonight the bias was obvious. He always has had something negative to say about Allison even when she has performed brilliantly. And Danny, when he has a bad night, the judges always find something positive to say. Allison is only 17 and has performed years ahead of her age.... And tonight after the duet he credits Adam as possibly saving her...that is sinful...she earned the right to stay. The duets say it all...Adam and Allison should be in the finals!!!!

    May 5, 2009 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Bob

    Enunciate? Hells Bells! Some of the best rock songs have lyrics that you can't understand by the singer.

    May 5, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Sheri

    Give her a break. She's a teen with a mouthful of braces on the bottom. I didn't even know the song by heart, and I understood every word...

    May 5, 2009 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Ann

    That's the problem with this little rocker chick; she needs to enunciate!

    May 5, 2009 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Dee

    I love Allison! She is the BEST SINGER on the show! She is a singer's singer!! Go Allison!!! Vote for Allison!!

    May 5, 2009 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  62. bearhater

    Get off the drugs girlfriend!!!! Even Adams stylist can't help you, your hair is awful!!!!!!

    May 5, 2009 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  63. bridgette

    I have no idea why people were pushing this kid to sing a Janis Joplin song. Unless you can relay the passion and emotion that Janis song with, it sounds mechanical. She's too young and this song was out of her league.

    May 5, 2009 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  64. jim

    Bye bye Allison.

    May 5, 2009 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Mary Donaldson

    I have to hand it to little, young Allison. For someone her age she is very accomplished – and I, too, can see her playing Janis in a bio-pic. I hope to hear more from her in the next few years – lots more.

    May 5, 2009 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Tim

    I don't understand why the judges always have to make a negative comment when addressing Allison...even when she has been great. Forget about her age...her talent is just as good as others left. It seems they just want her out.... I am so proud of her...she stuck up for herself tonight...she has been so polite to everyone. And when America has spoken...she has remained in the competition. Every time I watch her she is more confident in herself...and today she really enjoyed her performance...and so did I! Allison you have my vote!!!!

    May 5, 2009 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  67. kelly

    I LOVE allison, but this wasnt the right song for her. i was really hoping for more. but i still think she has an awesome career ahead of her. i think she can be the rocker version of miley cyprus. rock on allison

    May 5, 2009 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Kaiser

    I believe that she may lack some of the qualities that her older peers might possess. Alison is merely 17. As she grows she will get only better. I think she is the best.

    May 5, 2009 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  69. sophoan

    I love her voice!

    May 5, 2009 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Judy

    Allison was pretty good, a little hard to understand sometimes but good overall. I don't think she should be in trouble. Here comes Kris now going to sing The Beatles – come on, this is supposed to be a serious rock night, they brought in Slash and the most "rock" Kris can manage is a Beatles song. Lame if you ask me.

    May 5, 2009 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Tina

    Allison is my favorite, but this was not her best performance. That being said, I think she still beat out Kris

    May 5, 2009 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  72. jadad

    Not impressed...but I've never been impressed by her. Go Adam!

    May 5, 2009 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Will

    I think Allison has passion galore, and she was excellent tonight, but I unfortunately I think this is as far as she is going to go in this competition, unless Kris really bombs tonight.

    May 5, 2009 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Andy

    I think she did really well. Not one of my faves from her but I have always liked her A LOT! I have thought for the longest time that Adam and Allison would be at the finale. Also, I liked seeing her get a little feisty at the end. Just be careful girl and don't pull an Anoop.

    May 5, 2009 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Peggy

    I think Allison did better than the judges gave her credit for. I disagree with Tia, I don't think Allison is robotic at all. Before I started writing this, I listened to Kris and Danny with their duet, and they don't even begin to sound as good.

    May 5, 2009 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Bob

    Allison is very marketable. She's young and has a talent beyond her years.

    May 5, 2009 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  77. brad

    I was around when Janis Joplin was singing, the judges and most of the younger audience wasn't. Allison was outstanding.

    May 5, 2009 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  78. smore

    Allison is more innately talented than Janis! You go girl!

    May 5, 2009 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Chuck

    Was I wrong did I hear simon cowell tell Allison to Beg Beg Beg......................................

    May 5, 2009 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Yuna

    I disagree. I don't think she will be in trouble this week. I think it's great that A.I. is pairing up Allison with Adam to sing a song together tonight.

    May 5, 2009 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Angela

    I am not a big Joplin fan.

    May 5, 2009 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Shaiyna

    Alison was wonderful. She has all my votes.

    May 5, 2009 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Tia

    Allison was even better than I anticipated but Joplin was just too expected – I really think she could have faired better with 'shopping in the men's department' to steal a line from Paula. But I found Paula's comment that Allison would be perfect to play Joplin was just a little too much – Allison comes no where near the type of talent that Joplin just innately had. Allison has a great voice, yes, even more amazing when given her age, but she just has an almost robotic performance each time and she has never once brought a true passion to her performance.

    May 5, 2009 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |

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