LOS ANGELES — Allison Iraheta is hard at work prepping her debut album for Jive Records while she's on the road for the American Idols Live! tour, and she has a great idea for a new tune, based on a line she said to a confounded Simon Cowell during the show.
"I will write a song called 'It's Not Like I'm Cutting Myself,' " Iraheta joked. "I will."
At a recent tour stop in L.A., the singer told MTV News she's "just a little exhausted, pretty much going with the flow. I definitely don't want to stop, because otherwise I'll crash and pass out."
Iraheta — who placed fourth this past season — confirmed that she's working with Kevin "Let It Rock" Rudolf and David "Ex-Evanescence" Hodges on her album but put the kibosh on a rumor started by songwriter Ross Golan, who tweeted recently that Allison had met with Vitamin C in a songwriting session. "False!" Iraheta shouted. (I guess we won't hear any graduation-themed songs from Ms. Iraheta.)
As far as her genre goes, not many will be surprised that she's sticking to her musical roots. "Rock, definitely," Iraheta confirmed. "It's something I've always wanted to do. It's what I've grown up on."
Allison's standout "Idol" performance of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" (which she jokingly calls "the baby-makin' song") proved that the singer can tackle adult themes despite her young age. But she hopes to find a balance between her youthful exuberance and her mature voice. "I definitely don't want to be singing about, 'My boyfriend, yeah! He loves me!' It's definitely going to be [leaning] towards the reality of life, the crazy stuff that's happened to me in the past that people can relate to."
In the short term, she's focusing on the tour and making sure fans get their money's worth. "It's been a lot of fun," she said. "The fans are amazing. It's kinda crazy when we hit the venue, there's a line of people waiting outside. It's just crazy how committed they are!"
The level of commitment has gone so far that some Adam Lambert fans have tossed bras and thongs onstage while Allison and Adam perform their memorable duet of Foghat's "Slow Ride." Iraheta would prefer a more useful gift from fans. "I don't mind bills thrown at me," she quipped.
Only time will tell whether her following will "make it rain" when her debut album hits stores in the fall.
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