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Friday, December 4, 2009
In The Spotlight This Week: Allison Iraheta

Allison Iraheta released her debut album Just Like You this week so I decided to do the Spotlight feature on her. Prior to Idol, Allison joined a singing competition called Quinceañera: Mamá Quiero Ser Artista, in which she won a $50, 000 cash prize and a recording contract. The recording contract never materialised, thus only the prize money was granted.

Allison auditioned in San Francisco singing Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin and advanced with all 4 judges agreeing to let her go to Hollywood. On the Top 36 night, she was in Group 2 with Kris Allen and Adam Lambert (coincidentally the first 3 that got signed), and On May 6, 2009, Iraheta was eliminated from the competition in 4th place. Slash declared that "Allison didn't deserve to be voted off so soon. She has amazing potential." Similarly, American Idol music director Rickey Minor was "absolutely shocked" at her departure. First season winner Kelly Clarkson, along with Season 6 alum Melinda Doolittle, and Entertainment Weekly's Michael Slezak all have expressed Allison as their favourites on the show.

After weeks of speculation, it was confirmed that Allison had inked a recording deal with Jive Records and 19 Entertainment and had been taking time off the American Idols LIVE! Summer Tour to record her debut disc Just Like You. She made a trip to Sweden to work with hitmaker Max Martin, who penned her debut single Friday I'll Be Over U, which has been well-received by critics. Just Like You was released this week on the 1st of December, which Jive Records expects Allison to sell 75, 000 copies of in its first week of release.

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