‘American Idol’ Castoff Allison Iraheta Insists: ‘I’m Not Boring’

'I really just felt it was the perfect time to stand up for myself,' she says of sassing Simon for the first time.

Allison Iraheta might have gotten the boot from “American Idol” after rock night , but all hope is not lost.

Just look at another fourth-place finisher who just happened to be performing during Wednesday night’s results show : Chris Daughtry. He went on to sell millions of albums and collect fans across the world after failing to nab the “Idol” crown.

So what’s next for Allison? Is Daughtry-like success in her future? We caught up with the 17-year-old rocker to talk about Simon Cowell’s personality comments, her time in the bottom three and much more.

Q: A lot of people figured that Danny was leaving after that “Dream On” scream, and your performance and duet with Adam were well-received. Did you go into the results show feeling confident?

A: It was weird. I’ve been in the bottom three so many times, and I was just prepared for anything. When it was down to me and Danny, I was like, “Well, it’s either him or me.” And it was me! I’m pretty happy I made it that far. I’m glad that I got the opportunity to be on that stage.

Q: How did you prepare for the duet with Adam?

A: We thought about doing a duet [for] a while now. “Slow Ride” was on the list, and we thought, “That sounds fun. We should really do that!” … We really had fun. And we’re even planning on doing that song on the tour.

Q: Simon made a lot of comments about your lack of a personality. How did you take that?

A: It was, like, every week: “You’re so boring.” And I’m like, “Uh, OK, Simon.” I’m really not the kind of person that talks back. … But he was like, “Start begging.” And I was like, “You know what? That’s it.” So I really just felt it was the perfect time to stand up for myself. And I was like, “I’m not boring. And you say I don’t talk enough, so I might as well just talk!” [Laughs.]

Q: Aside from the personality comments, you also got a lot of critiques on your fashion and hair. Did that bum you out?

A: It sorta did. I was like, “Come on. I’m singing here!” But I think, overall, they all look for what you’re gonna do as a selling artist. I know there was a lot of risks I [took], in dressing and all that, but I had fun with it, so I think that’s what mattered.

Q: Did all your time spent in the bottom three impact how you made decisions on the show?

A: It really didn’t affect anything, because I felt that I was doing pretty good. So I was just like, “I’m prepared for anything. If I’m in the bottom three and I’m actually eliminated, I’m ready.” It’s OK, because I knew I’d be leaving on a good note. I honestly feel like I did pretty good, and I’m pretty proud of myself.

Q: Simon said you picked the wrong song with Janis Joplin’s “Cry Baby.” Do you think you should’ve gone with a different choice?

A: No, definitely not. I appreciate what they say, but I think it was about me feeling it, and I really do not regret doing that song. I felt pretty good about it.

Q: Another famous “Idol” fourth-place finisher, Chris Daughtry, performed on the result show this week. Did that soften the blow a bit?

A: It made me feel better. He’s done so much, he’s done well, and it’s really like, “If he’s done well, and he didn’t have to make it to the top, it gives me a chance.” I hope I do as well as he did.

Q: What was it like to work with Slash?

A: You have no idea. When I heard it was Slash, it was like, “Oh my gosh, I can’t wait to meet him!” He’s so awesome. I’ve been a fan for so long. It’s insane that I got to sing while he was playing for us. It was such a great opportunity. He was one of the best mentors we had, hands down. We were just so happy that he took time out of his schedule to come to the show and help us out.

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