March 03, 2009 07:00 AM by Christine McDow
We were once again lucky enough to sit in on interviews with the three contestants last week who made it to the finals on American Idol. Allison Iraheta was a surprise on the show since she wasn’t profiled much in the audition rounds, but quickly became one of our favorite performers. She has a lot to say about her American Idol experiences. Here are some of the highlights.
Question: How were your nerves during the performance and results show, and why did you pick the song Alone to sing?
Allison Iraheta: So my nerves, obviously you can tell about how much I have nerves before I sing. I guess I really try not to show them while I’m performing, because I try to really focus on the song and just not really focus on what’s going to bug me, what’s going to happen. So obviously anybody that’s going to be performing on a stage like that is going to get nervous. And the song, I just really love the song Alone, and I love the band Heart. I had already thought about it beforehand that I really wanted to do that song, so I guess it helped me out you know.
Question: Do you think people that are given more airtime have an advantage and do you think the viewers vote based on judges comments or do you think they focus more on the performance?
Allison Iraheta: I don’t know. I think they give us all airtime fairly. They all focus on all of us, so I think it depends on what people see, you know, if they like it or not. I think a lot of people always take a listen to what the judges have to say and take that into consideration, and performances also, of course.
Question: You won a contest on Telemundo a couple of years ago. How old were you at the time, were you singing in Spanish or English at the time, and just what did it feel like to win that?
Allison Iraheta: It was two years ago. I was fourteen. It was a great experience. I sang both Spanish and English. It was amazing to win, you know; it was awesome.
Question: How are you going to approach Simon Cowell’s comments about the personality thing? I mean how do you take that?
Allison Iraheta: He doesn’t know me enough, I guess, because he said I was boring. But honesty, I’m not. I guess I was nervous a little; I mean who isn’t going to be nervous before they sing the first time for that round. So I guess I’ll just chill a little bit more, because the nerves got me a little.
Question: Who’s your favorite contestant?
Allison Iraheta: I don’t have a favorite. Everybody is because you know they’re all so frigging awesome and everybody is different, so I’d have to admire everybody.
Allison Iraheta: I have to take that compliment, you know, because that’s a big one, you know, because it’s Kelly Clarkson. She’s amazing and I really admire her a lot, so I thought that was pretty great.
Question: Do you have any favorite past contestants or anybody that you kind of look to for inspiration on the show?
Allison Iraheta: I guess my favorite past American Idolcontestants would have to be Kelly, of course, Carrie Underwood. I think I might as well just end up naming all of them, because they’re just all pretty awesome.
Question: Earlier you mentioned how much you like the song Alone and the band Heart. I was just wondering if you could tell us what else we might be able to expect from you going forward, what other genres of music you enjoy, what other artists you admire?
Allison Iraheta: I love doing all kinds of music, but I’m really trying to go down on one lane of like I guess you can say like rockish pop or something like that; something, you know, that really can show my style, I guess. I don’t know. So maybe a little bit of everything, but maybe just I’d be doing a little, you know, rock.
Question: How do you think the new format is affecting the people who are getting through? Do you think it’s a good thing?
Allison Iraheta: It is different than how they usually used to do it, but I don’t know. I guess change obviously does effect, but you know change is also good.
Question: Is there anybody that hasn’t made it so far that you would like to see make it into the Wild Card rounds?
Allison Iraheta: That’s a difficult question, because believe it or not we’ve all bonded. It’s hard to say, because I give one name but then again I’d like other people. It’s hard, because there are just a lot of people that really want this.
Question: Do you look to other bilingual singers, like Shakira or any of those people in that genre, to inspire you?
Allison Iraheta: Yes, definitely. I think it’s hard, actually, to go out there and do both English and Spanish, because a lot of people won’t be into that; you have to be really good. Obviously Shakira she’s good, you know, and it’s hard. She’s a real inspiration with the whole bilingual. I used to look into Selena because she was very bilingual and she was very well known because of that.
Question: You are from LA. So what’s it like for you to be kind of performing in your backyard essentially?
Allison Iraheta: It feels good to be here. I know a lot of the other contestants are like, “Oh, I want to go back home,” like they miss their homes. But I’m like, “Yeah, I’m already here.” So it’s awesome already being here.
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