Allison Iraheta – Buzzworthy Blog Interview – VIDEO

After the jump, watch Allison Iraheta answers fan questions for MTV’s Buzzworthy blog.

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Allison is   a big David Cook fan. Bet you didn’t know that.   The song from her album she connects with the most is “No One Else”. Plus, she’ll definitely be bringing   her snuggies when she heads out on tour soon.

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190 Comments

  1. I heard her Radio Disney interview yesterday and then again, this today. She is seriously cracking me up!

  2. Hey! You are looking good Allison, and you are doing great now on your
    interviews, and you have mostly left your hesitation or unfinished sentences
    behind. You are just a great rocker gurl, and you make your fans proud!!
    I’m another one who giggles at some of your responses. I Mean,”you can
    just go away, yeh” Ha, Ha, Ha,. Now that is a good save, and We all get it!!

  3. “Tell them to go….away”. Ah…trying to watch that language I see. It was a good question and one that she actually seemed to take very seriously. It’s good advice and it seems to me like she does follow her own advice. Her response to the three things you’d take with you if you were stranded on a deserted island was very sweet and funny at the same time, poor brother Carlos.

  4. She’s a David Cook fan, that’s fantastic. :)

    I’d love to hear them sing a duet sometime, they both have such great voices.

  5. They would definitely sound cool together. Good taste, Allison, lol.

    I like this girl a lot, finally bought her album and it’s a shame that it isn’t getting to the ears that it should be because it is one of the best post-Idol albums I’ve heard.

  6. An Ali & David duet is inevitable. And I’ve only learned about David from this place and I think his voice is alright. I love Eddie Vedder and Davids voice is in the same ballpark. If it happens, it could be historical. I think David likes the idea too, someone mentioned it, I don’t know if Ali wants.

  7. I’m sure Allison would be more than happy to duet with David and viceversa. Someone asked David Cook during one of his twitter parties and he said he’d love to. So, this needs to happen, they would sound really interesting and cool together

  8. Here you go, and I’m not admitting how many Twitter posts I combed through to find it, either. Heh.

    RT thedevinjaques @thedavidcook would you ever do a duet with @allison4realzzz? Would love to. one of my favorites from last season 6:43 PM Nov 24th, 2009 from web

  9. great interview! thanks for posting!
    Also, I agree! Allison and David should do a duet! I think their voices would sound great together!

  10. That Cook/Iraheta duet from youtube gives you an idea of how interesting they would sound together.

    I wish she was getting more exposure. Her album is too good to let it get lost in the shufle.

  11. Her album is real good – love the album, the attitude – and soon enough she’ll tour. Everybody tours especially a major label artist one. She can support a big act or mid level one, all depending on her people and if the main act likes you. She really can’t do much club scene if any, like the Roxy, Viper Room, Troubadour and the Whiskey a go-go mainly because she’s not 18 yet. Those are some heavy hitters right there – clubs who host big acts and local talent – and every city has comparable clubs like the VooDoo lounge here in Miami. Those clubs are 21 and over so who knows, maybe she has to wait till 21. Maybe not the performers, I really don’t know how it works in this scenario.

    I know a lot of bands are touring in the summer, so there may not be anything till then. Pearl Jam is set to tour also – if she can do a couple of dates with them could be a great launching pad with their 25 to 35 year old mix gender audience, and they sell out arenas if not football stadiums too. Musically, she’ll fit right in, her album(except for a couple songs) and vocals caters the PJ crowd. She can support any act doesn’t have to be rock or pop. I don’t think there are any rules coz I’ve seen every combination.

  12. There is now way she will tour with an act like Pearl Jam.

    She really can’t do much club scene if any, like the Roxy, Viper Room, Troubadour and the Whiskey a go-go mainly because she’s not 18 yet. clubs are 21 and over so who knows, maybe she has to wait till 21. Maybe not the performers, I really don’t know how it works in this scenario.

    She did a concert at a 21+ Casino on Memphis, I don’t think her age is a problem if she’s performing.

  13. I hope you’re right because thats big, if she can do those clubs in major cities during the winter and spring could be huge for her. I disagree with you about PJ, I dont know if you meant that you dislike PJ or not, but she can do 3 dates if the Band wants her. Ive seen big acts with unknown opening bands plenty. But the clubs sound promising

  14. I don’t dislike PJ or think they’re too big for her, I just don’t think that’s the type of act her label will pair her up with and I can’t imagine her songs and PJ songs make a good pairing. She’s still pop.

  15. I’m late to the party but here’s an even better Cook/Iraheta mash-up of IDWMAT. It’s edited together much more smoothly than the one posted above – sounds almost like a real duet with them exchanging verses, and the harmonies are just kick-ass in places. I’m not ashamed to admit that I ripped this to MP3 and have had it in regular rotation on my iPod for months:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbmGB2-WutI

  16. I’m late to the party but here’s an even better Cook/Iraheta mash-up of IDWMAT.

    OK, I think I love that a lot, lol. Sing a duet, you two! It would sound very lovely on my iPod ;) . My husband has never watched Idol with me like sitting down and watching through whole shows until last season… he loved Allison. So a duet of MY Idol and HIS Idol would be kick ass. Hee!

  17. …I can’t imagine her songs and PJ songs make a good pairing. She’s still pop.

    Im glad you brought this up and I agree with you to a point.
    The Album is not your typical run-of-the-mill collection of pop tunes. I happen to think that most of the tracks on the album resonate an underlying rock feel to it. If people take the time to listen carefully to the album, and not base their opinion on fibou, I’ll think theyd have to admit the albums rock flowing sound. Pieces for instance with its hard driving drums with electric guitar, and with Ali pushing the verses, gives that rockish finish, which is key. Pearl Jam plays everything from Alive, Black and Daughter, Better Man and Nothingman, songs that aren’t too hard rocking and right in Allison’s vicinity. Interesting to note, PJ’s debut album took a year to reach gold with extensive touring. Today they are the only remaining band from the grunge days still running strong. These things take time – only in the idol universe where everything is judged in its 1st week or else you get dropped mentality, matters in thinking overnight success.

    For supporting PJ or similar bands, I would set the list of tunes in this wishful thinking fantasy of mine like this:
    1. YDKM
    2. DWTP
    3. Still Breathing
    4. Cry Baby (full 3:45 min version with band)
    5. Trouble Is
    6. Holiday (encore)

    Opening acts usually have an average of 30 min set.
    Allison is the instrument equivalent of an electric thundering guitar emanating from her vocals that complies the prerequisite for a rocker.

  18. I happen to think that most of the tracks on the album resonate an underlying rock feel to it.

    Of course it is, but you can’t seriously expect the Pearl Jam fans to take Allison’s album as rock similar to PJ’s. Allison is a 17 year old girl coming off of Idol and signed to Jive. She does not have the rock cred to tour with an act like Pearl Jam, not yet and she may never unfortunately.

  19. LadyM, thanks so much for the DC+AI mashup! I had only heard the first posted video, and wasn’t that impressed with the results, but the one you brought to the thread is fantastic, and I also just ripped the audio and have it safely on my iPod, lol. It’s not my favorite song either of them have ever done, but I love their voices together. I hope they do make a duet happen, someday.

    I also agree with PRMari that PJ fans would never accept Allison as an opening act, even if, technically her music isn’t that far from theirs. I don’t know any of PJs music, so I’m not saying if it is close or not, only IF it was, it wouldn’t matter. Rock cred is a huge deal to fans of such a band. Not going to happen. No more than Foo Fighters would have David Cook to open, for the same reasons. Plus, I guess Dave Grohl hates AI, so… yeah. Not going to happen.

    I don’t know many young bands, but the buzz around Paramore sounds like it might be an acceptable fit for Alli. Young, hip, but still pop/rock. Idk, I’m glad it’s not my problem to figure out, lol. It will be interesting to see what happens with her going forward. If she gets to tour at all, even. Idk, I’ve never followed an artist in her position before. I only wish good things for her though, I think she’s fantastic!

  20. Sylvanaire and PRMari I think you’re both missing my point or at least the spirit of my idea. Funny thing, Im a pretty big Pearl Jam fan who attended two of their shows back on Lollapalooza and in their solo tour in ’96. PJ fans can appreciate a massive voice – an in your face one I might add – with integrity and authentic character. Alis cred is her genuine vibe and anti-pageant attitude that I recognized from the beginning. Other PJ fans can easily search for it and they will find the take-no-prisoners stance in Allison. Anyway whateves… Back in Lollapalooza the acts weren’t all rock, in fact that year Ice Cube played with them. Also Heather Nova(for crying outloud) opened for PJ one time which brings me to the spirit of my argument. Alli would not completely tour with PJ, just a couple of dates. They’re known for mixing it up with their supporting acts.

    Im 100% sure PJ fans will embrace the sounds of Allison, trust me. Theyre not into glam or pretty boy stuff. Just take a look at her current fans, lots of music loving men.
    I think Daughtry toured with Bon Jovi right after the show too. To me Allison isn’t exactly an AI product, the show never cared for her. She’s different or I wouldn’t be here… or neither of you. Its all wishful thinking on my part anyway.

    gtg its 36 degrees in Miami, something is wrong, I miss the 80 degree weather.

  21. Cookie: That. Duet. Has. To. Happen!!!
    It sounds really good. I am one who personally don’t like duets too much. But holy smokes! They sound really good together.

    PJ: Alli touring with PJ? I don’t see it.

    Im 100% sure PJ fans will embrace the sounds of Allison, trust me

    Bold statement there Rub. I remember PJ from their 90’s run, and they are a great band. I just don’t see the pairing working. I think she is too pop for PJ. Don’t get me wrong, I think her album has a rock vibe, but I don’t think there is enough Rock material to support PJ. I don’t think an opening act has to be like the main act, but there has to be at least some similarities. Have other non-similar acts joined forces in the past? Sure. But its a case by case basis, and I think the Allison/PJ case is not one where it would work.
    Daughtry/Bon Jovi made lots of sense. Don’t believe the match is comparable to an Allison/PJ match though.

    Anyway, just wanted to punch my “I-Love-Allison” card. I’ve been busy lately and have not been able to chime in every 5 comments.

  22. Well, I’ve been very busy lately and just got to this thread — now that no one is here anymore! But what the heck, I’ll shoot my mouth off anyway…

    Forget a mere Cook/Iraheta duet — I’ve been calling for a Cook/Iraheta tour since last spring, as soon as I saw her Piece Of My Heart video on the Tube — it just screamed “David Cook Tour” at me. MAKE IT HAPPEN, DC!!!!

    As for Dave Grohl hating AI and rock-cred bands shunning Idols, go to this link, scroll down a bit, and click on the picture of Allison with the guy with long hair and a beard — hmmmm….
    http://mjsbigblog.com/more-idol-pics-from-portland-the-idols-prepare-to-tour.htm

    I certainly agree that fans of Pearl Jam / Foo Fighters and the like would quite possibly be predisposed against anyone from Idol. But I think the important question is whether the bands themselves would be so predisposed. And I think in the case of such a stunning, powerful singer as Allison, they could be willing to give her a shot. And really, she could be an opener for a band like that and probably have very few fans even find out that she had anything to do with AI. Look at how Kris has been presented — very often as “Kris Allen”, not as “American Idol Kris Allen”. If Allison just went out and opened for PJ/FF/whatever, how would those fans know?

    I would also agree with Rub that she’s a pretty natural fit for fans of that kind of stuff. I’m kind of one of them myself. I’ve said before that I’m pretty much an Allison fan rather than an AI fan, who was just kind of half-watching along with my wife and daughter because the former started watching when Cook was on and became a massive DC fan. I had no intention of paying much attention to AI last season, until The Great Red Hope opened her mouth. The radio station I listen to is a very independent alt station for whom bands like PJ/FF are gods. I’m a fan of that stuff and Allison. And she’s a fan of that stuff too. So yeah, I think it could work.

    Having said that, though, I don’t think Jive would go looking for such matchups at all. They seem very intent on pushing the teen girl power thing. I think a pairing with the likes of Paramore, as was mentioned upthread, would be much more likely — and that’s another pairing that I’ve had in mind for a long time now.

    Well, nobody’s going to read this anyway, but I’ve gotten it off my chest!

  23. JohnM:

    Well, nobody’s going to read this anyway, but I’ve gotten it off my chest!

    Never fear JohnM, we Deadthreadheads never go away!

    This is also my “I love Allison” posting for the day.

    Regarding tour matchups – Back in my day, you young whippersnappers, they used to put together some of the best eclectic concerts at the Fillmore, Avalon and Winterland. Example: The Doors with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. (I loved the Kweskin Jug Band, with Maria Muldaur). Also, Charles Lloyd (jazz flute) on bills with James Cotton Blues Band, or Quicksilver or Big Brother. I hate the way all these musical niches have developed. All this talk about credibility – Elvis lacked credibility when he first started. Ditto for all the white musicians who played the blues. There’s too much arrogance now, as if the current genres have always existed, and always will in their current form.

    Music has been around for a long time, and it will continue to evolve. Anyway, talent is talent, and good music is good music. Allison just needs to get out there and perform.

  24. JohnM:
    Well, nobody’s going to read this anyway, but I’ve gotten it off my chest!

    You know we’ll read it.

  25. Here is something I don’t understand about people’s reaction to Allison: howcome casual watchers of the show don’t seem to remember her right away, but when they do, they remember liking her a lot?
    I have an aunt visiting from PR and we were watching TV. She comments: “American Idol starts on Tuesday”. Then I asked: did you watch last season? Who did you like? She said, in a sort-of casual tone, “I liked the guy with the glasses” (btw; she didn’t know the wife’s back story). She continued, “I didn’t like much the guy who won, he seemed boring to me. And the gay guy has a great voice, but some of the shouting was too much.
    I waited a bit.
    Then I said, holding back my fanboyism: “I liked the red-headed girl.” Then, her face lit up and she said. Yeah! She was great!
    Is it a top-3 phenomenom that leaves number 4 out of the loop? Is it the Kradam (mostly Adam) media grab? Is it that Simon was right and the casual watcher would not get Allison’s awesomeness?
    Something similar happened in Idolatry when Slezak interviewed Adam Vary and they were addressing the pimping of Lil Rounds. Adam Vary thought they were pimping Lil because she was the only female left. Then an astonished Slezak said: “WHAT ABOUT ALLISON IRAHETA!”
    I don’t get it.

  26. “Deadthreadheads” – I like that jordison!

    Allison just needs to get out there and perform.

    I agree with you. Other than the Memphis thing, has she done anything that could be considered ‘a set’, anywhere? It will be nice to see her get out there and perform more than one or two ‘make or break’ songs. I’m not fretting too much about who they’ll pair her up with anymore. I think she can overcome even a Disney act – although I’m certainly not endorsing that – far from it! As some of you have said, this might take some time and I’m learning to be patient.

    I’m hoping that Jive has a Plan B at this point. I would love for them to move past the teen theme. I know they really want that market, but I still think the teens would jump on board if they started to market her more to adults. Sometimes I wonder if they should have broken her album down into EPs (teen, pop/rock, classic rock) to see which one would fly.

    Then I said, holding back my fanboyism: “I liked the red-headed girl.”

    Aaaww LDR, that’s so cute!! (In a Charlie Brownish sort of way.)

  27. LDR:

    Here is something I don’t understand about people’s reaction to Allison: how come casual watchers of the show don’t seem to remember her right away, but when they do, they remember liking her a lot?

    Is it a top-3 phenomenom that leaves number 4 out of the loop? Is it the Kradam (mostly Adam) media grab? Is it that Simon was right and the casual watcher would not get Allison’s awesomeness?

    I don’t think it’s necessarily a top-3 phenomenom. Triva question: Who was No.3 in Season 7? I think, more importantly, unless someone manages to prevail in spite of lack of “pimping” (e.g., Kris A. or Jeanine Mason from SYTYCD) people tend to remember the contestants with the more substantial back stories. Allison got virtually no back story support from the producers. No audition footage, and only a momentary clip from the furniture store, I believe was the extent of it.

    What if they had shown clips of 10 year old Allison singing her heart out on Theeee Mr. Duran Show? How about some footage of Allison at home with her sister and brother, little doggies and parrot? (BTW -from one parrot owner to another – that parrot needs a larger cage!). What if they had captured a clip of Allison sleeping on the sidewalk outside the Cow Palace the night before auditions?

    She still might not have placed any higher, but I think at least she would have been remembered more.

  28. Jordison:
    S7T3: The answer is Syesha Mercado. I know that off the top of my head becuase I have a soft spot for latin/hispanic contestants, but I do see your point. She was pretty good, but the Davids were simply better.
    Pimping: I didn’t watch SYTYCD, but have seen Jeanine in clips. Wow! No pimping necessary. She dances well too :-).

    ALR
    Aaaww LDR, that’s so cute!! (In a Charlie Brownish sort of way.)

    I was trying to sound as desinterested as possible. Like, “I don’t even remember her name”. Maybe my aunt found it cute too and patronized me … Its hard to hide the love guys!

  29. LDR:

    The answer is Syesha Mercado. I know that off the top of my head becuase I have a soft spot for latin/hispanic contestants, but I do see your point. She was pretty good, but the Davids were simply better.

    didn’t watch SYTYCD, but have seen Jeanine in clips. Wow! She dances well too :-)

    Little known fact: from Miami area, Jeanine is Cuban American.

  30. I don’t know, I think LDR might be on to something with his ‘top 3 phenomenon’. We might remember them more because of the hometown visit. Just off the top of my head I remember Danny, Syesha, bad teeth guy, Melinda, Kimberley Locke (I don’t remember Carrie’s season, and I didn’t watch season 1). What top 4’s do I remember? Allison, LaKisha, Daughtry.

    LA hometown visits seem to be disappointing, though, so maybe its okay that Allison didn’t have that. I do agree with jordison that more backstory certainly would have helped.

    ETA: Who was top 3 during Fantasia’s season?

  31. jordison
    Little known fact: from Miami area, Jeanine is Cuban American.

    That, I knew … :-).

  32. Allison, LaKisha and Daughtry all have 7 letters in their name, hmmm…

  33. Returning to the conversation regarding Allison being accepted by the “rock community”, I think this historical perspective on the evolution of the San Francisco sound, and its role in the history of rock music, is well presented in the full concert summary, and well worth reading. And, if you’re interested, the music IMO is well worth listening. I would only add that any review of Butterfield music must also include East-West.

    http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/the-paul-butterfield-blues-band/concerts/winterland-september-30-1966.html?utm_source=NL&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=100111

  34. jordison – That’s quite a write up. I want to listen, but I don’t want to sign up. Do they bother you?

    I keep thinking of LaKisha’s “And I’m Telling You…”, that performance has got to be in the Idol Hall of Fame. Holy Moly.

  35. alli lurker –

    Don’t be afraid to sign up. There is no cost, and they don’t bother you at all. They will send weekly emailings of their features of the week. The site is an absolute treasure. They do sell merchandise, but they don’t push it.

    I believe Wolfgang was Bill Graham’s middle name, BTW.

  36. alli lurker –

    I keep thinking of LaKisha’s “And I’m Telling You…”, that performance has got to be in the Idol Hall of Fame. Holy Moly.

    My wife was a big LaKisha fan. She felt her downfall was that she never seemed to take advice from the guest musicians.

  37. ALR, IMHO, an Allison hometown visit would have been a game-changer. Her family is adorable and maybe people would have seen more of that “elusive” personality.

    Jordison (and JohnM): I am not a rock historian, but when you guys reference rock history and things like “the San Francisco sound”, all that comes to mind is Sex, Drugs, and Rock-n-Roll. Don’t get me wrong, music from the 60’s and 70’s is awesome. I just fear for Allison, and wonder if she (or anyone) can be the next Janice without going through what Janice went.

  38. I don’t remember what happened to LaKisha. I think some of the genres were tough for her, and of course, song choice always matters. But I think most Idol watchers will remember “And I’m Telling You…” I just went to youtube and watched it a couple of times. It has over 1M views, and comments from just hours ago. (Most comparing her to Jennifer Hudson, who I think is overrated, imho) Maybe the most important thing about being on idol is that you have just one blow out song that everyone remembers.

    BTW…

    Jasmine Trias was Top 3, Season 3. LaToya London was 4th. She was good, but a bit stiff if I recall correctly.

    Vonzell was Top 3 Season 4. Anthony Fedorov was 4th. I didn’t like him.

    But I digress… I think Allison will accepted by the Rock community. How could they not accept that voice and that personality? C’mon, she’s irresistible! And certainly not your typical idol.

  39. I’m not implying that Allison should be anything other than what Allison feels motivated to become, musically. I’m just saying that some of this talk about credibility from the rock community shows that the current generation, which I find arrogant, doesn’t recognize the roots of rock music. If they did, they would be open to anyone who could add to the culture.

    As for Janis, she was a terribly tragic figure. She drank Southern Comfort like a fish and was hooked on heroin. Allison seems to have very strong ties to her family, and, as far as I can tell, is far removed from being anything like Janis.

    Not all of the musicians from the ’60s OD’d and died. Barry Melton, lead guitar from Country Joe and the Fish, became an attorney, head of the Yolo County Public Defender’s office, and still plays locally and internationally. There are lots of other singers and musicians from the ’60s who were/are socially conscious, alive and healthy today.

  40. ALR, IMHO, an Allison hometown visit would have been a game-changer. Her family is adorable and maybe people would have seen more of that “elusive” personality.

    LDR – Yeah, the family thing would have been great. LA itself is the problem. They can’t seem to get a big turnout for this kind of thing (you know, being all jaded and everything – right jordison?), not like Milwaukee or Little Rock can. I remember Kat McPhee’s visit was kind of sad – not too many people. Although, I think Allison lives in a smaller town, so maybe those people would have turned out.

    Not all of the musicians from the ’60s OD’d and died.

    LOL.

  41. alli lurker
    01/12/2010 at 6:38 pm

    ALR, IMHO, an Allison hometown visit would have been a game-changer. Her family is adorable and maybe people would have seen more of that “elusive” personality.

    LDR – Yeah, the family thing would have been great. LA itself is the problem. They can’t seem to get a big turnout for this kind of thing (you know, being all jaded and everything – right jordison?), not like Milwaukee or Little Rock can. I remember Kat McPhee’s visit was kind of sad – not too many people. Although, I think Allison lives in a smaller town, so maybe those people would have turned out.

    Yep, LA is pretty pathetic in that regard, except for maybe the Lakers. For events, we’re known for arriving late and leaving early to avoid traffic.

    As for Downey, it’s a working class community within the greater LA County. It simply borders other communities. I don’t know if there is such a thing as “Downey Pride.”

  42. Barry Melton, lead guitar from Country Joe and the Fish, became an attorney

    So there are even worst things to worry about than OD and dying …

    I don’t know if there is such a thing as “Downey Pride.”

    I don’t know about Downey, but there is Hispanic pride everywhere, and I would guess it would be particularly high in the LA area. But, that’s water under the bridge.

  43. So… heavy pimping for a couple of 16-yr-old girls last night. They must think that Maddy girl (w/ the downs brothers) is their answer to Taylor Swift. I thought their praise of her was OTT (even she seemed confused by it!)

    The other was Katie Stevens. She was good, but not as good as Allison, imo.

    Maybe if they find a new teen queen this year, they’ll let Allison grow up…

  44. I liked Katie Stevens. I thought she had a nice voice and lots of potential.
    I also liked the girl who looked like Jordin. I think her last name was Rodriguez or something hispanic-sounding.
    Being objective, I don’t know if Allison’s audition would have blown me away. It was cool, and her uniqueness was there, but I don’t know if I would have been on-board right away based on it.
    IMHO, out of the S8 Top 10, I think Lil and Matt had the best auditions.

  45. Yes, being objective, Katie’s audition was probably better than Allison’s. I think Allison was nervous.

    I liked a few of the guys… rock guy w/ the broken wrists, Justin cancer guy (hunka! hunka!), and that stocking cap guy. I also liked that they played rock music during some of the interludes.

    Back to Allison, and I know I’ve said this before, BUT… I hope that when they let her grow up, that she doesn’t immediately go to the opposite extreme of being a hard rock type chick. (I had an economics professor who called this the ‘fool in the shower theory’ – get it? Too hot, too cold, etc.) I hope that she softens up a bit. Despite her tough talk, I think she’s a sweet girl and I’d like to see a little bit more of that. I also want to see her perform her more emotional, vulnerable songs and not so much the hard stuff.

  46. I agree with you. Other than the Memphis thing, has she done anything that could be considered ‘a set’, anywhere?

    LA Jingle Ball, outside of the Nokia Theater. She performed a 6 song set: Holiday, FIBOU, Trouble is, Robot Love, Cry baby and Don’t waste the pretty. She needs to do that sort of thing more often.

    Allison’s audition was good and if they had gotten some of her backstory people would’ve remember her more. Her grandmother had just died of cancer. She had learned Spanish when she was 8 years old just to sing to that grandmother who didn’t speak English. She ran marathons to support Cancer organizations and is the daughter of salvadorian inmigrants. There was plenty of stories for them to milk about Allison but they chose not to. She simply wasn’t their chosen one. Her rendition of Natural woman during the auditions was better than a lot of the stuff we saw the judges gushing about last night.

  47. PRM, you’re making me sad! Why didn’t they show all that stuff? Too busy pimping Lil, I guess.

    Ah, what could have been…..

  48. She just wasn’t their chosen one. We recently also found out that she had auditioned for American Juniors and didn’t make it (thank God, that was awful) and like someone mentioned, she slept on the floor, outside in the cold for her audition and also brought her entire family (mom, dad, sister, brother, aunts and two cousins) with her, which would’ve made a really cute and heartwarming “pimping package” if they had chosen to highlight her. But, it wasn’t a girl year so, we can’t have the one special singer taking too much attention, she could’ve knocked out some of the boys they wanted to pimp.

  49. PRM: Nothing like a little Allison bashing to get PRM out of the woods.
    It’s like the bat-signal. LOL.
    Pimping: I don’t know how far in the finals early pimping gets you. Danny is probably the extreme case, in that, I think, it really propelled him. At best, early pimping might get you to top-13 (not a small feat, I might add). But getting someone to win it all? I don’t think so. Kris was not pimped at all, and it seems, TPTB didn’t want him to win. Yet, he won. Adam was praised a lot, but I think most times deservedly so. So I don’t think it was “pimping”.
    Danny’s pimping probably got him 3 spots higher than he should have been. But he was better than Sarver, Megan, and Lil.
    It would have been interesting to see how much of Allison’s background would have come up in a hometown visit. During the season she was, and continues to be, very reserved about her personal and pre-Idol life.

  50. Damn!
    They took down the holy grail! Allison’s Good Quality Alone pre-interview, performance, and judges comments. Hopefully, it wasn’t because I pointed it out on this blog.

  51. Damn!! Not the holy grail! Why can’t they just leave it out there!

    Re: Danny and Adam.
    I liked Danny at the beginning, hated him at the end.
    I thought Adam was over praised. I’m not a fan. I also don’t think he’s being honest about the AMA’s. I think the whole thing was planned.
    I thought the Top 3 show was awful – without Allison to put a spark in it.

  52. I’ve been meaning to ask this…

    Do you think that the person who’s being eliminated is told before the show – maybe starting with Top 5? I thought Matty G knew. I think Danny clearly knew – he was so glum that night. Allison may have known – she looked nervous.

    Also… and this might be ‘out there’…. did anyone else think there was something going on between Matt and Allison? I may be crazy, but I thought I saw something there.

    Anyway, I have to leave for the rest of the day, but I’ll check back tonight.

  53. ALR
    Danny, I came around. I don’t think he pimped his wife, the show did. He is anoying, but I don’t think he is dishonest.
    Adam, ITA that Adam is not being honest about the AMAs. He is doing the politician thing and avoiding giving a soundbite admitting to it. I can see his team telling him: if you admit to dooping ABC, networks will not trust you and may not put you on their shows, so just say you got caught up in the moment and that you will be more careful in the future.
    Holy grail, I am so bummed! That video always pick me up, no matter what’s going on around me. Which reminds me, what’s the deal with the AOL Sessions?

  54. Nothing between Allison and Matt, he had a girlfriend at the moment and he’s incredibly flirty. Allison has said that all the AI boys are like brothers to her and I believe her. Matt has a lot of younger sisters so it’s normal for him to see her as family. All I’ve seen from them is monkeying around.

    I thought Adam was over praised. I’m not a fan. I also don’t think he’s being honest about the AMA’s. I think the whole thing was planned.
    I thought the Top 3 show was awful – without Allison to put a spark in it.

    100% agree with this. Adam was overpraised, he’s good but he’s not Earth shattering and he knew exactly what he was doing in that AMA performance. I also thought the Top 3 show was boring as hell. Without Allison, all fun and color was completely lost.

    Allison may have known – she looked nervous.

    I think, just like most of us, she knew it was her time because by that point, Idol wasn’t about talent or how good the performances were but just a popularity contest. Being against the 2 white boys who had never been in the bottom 3 and Adam’s fans who came back from him touching Bottom 2 the week prior, while she had visited the B3 three times already, it was pretty obvious that she was going that week, even if she didn’t deserve it. We all know if it had been based on performances, she deserved AT LEAST top 2 that week, not to get voted off. I think she just suspected it and was pretty sad about it through the whole show.

  55. ALR
    I’ve been meaning to ask this…
    Do you think that the person who’s being eliminated is told before the show – maybe starting with Top 5? I thought Matty G knew. I think Danny clearly knew – he was so glum that night. Allison may have known – she looked nervous.

    I don’t think so. At that point, I think, they just have a better sense of what will happen. Matt clearly was the weakest that night, and he had already been kicked out once, so it might just be that he guessed correctly.

    Also… and this might be ‘out there’…. did anyone else think there was something going on between Matt and Allison? I may be crazy, but I thought I saw something there.

    Talk about being “out there”! I really don’t think so. These finalists seems to have gotten along very well, or at least better than one might expect, considering that they are 10 strangers, thrown into the equivalent of a washing machine, whose only common trait is that they like music and can sing. Maybe you read a bit much into that.
    But, I rarely watched the results show, which shows contestants interacting with each other. So, maybe something happened there that I missed.
    To be honest, if there was any Allison spark at all, I sensed it was towards Kris. I remember a group interview in which they seemed very close. But, seems like Kris is the kind of person who causes that on people (e.g., Cantiello, Slezak, Adam!, etc…).

  56. Really? Kris? I get the cutest sibling vibe from them. They were always hugging and other stuff but I never got it as flirting. Just watch those videos where he interviews her and she interviews him, it’s the funniest thing and it’s teasing in the best sense ever, like siblings.

    I never got the feeling that she was romantically interested in any of the guys from the show.

  57. PRM
    I never got the feeling that she was romantically interested in any of the guys from the show.

    Me neither, but check out this interaction starting at 6:30:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPNSamyI9dE
    This is what I was referencing before. I am not saying they were love birds. Just that, if there was any spark, it was with Kris.

  58. Aw, that was her teasing him about his height yet again. She seems actually like a very affectionate person. She did the same to Scott in an ET interview right after the finale. She’s “sticky” like that ;)

  59. PIECES!!!! Did you hear it??!!! YAY!!!

    Okay, I’m still watching…. see ya later.

  60. Wow that was a really bad audition show. I didn’t see anyone I liked. Pieces sounded really good, though!

    I thought Mary J. Blige was a drag, too.

    I’m looking forward to Shania Twain next week. I think she’ll be good.

  61. LDR – But, I rarely watched the results show, which shows contestants interacting with each other. So, maybe something happened there that I missed.

    Yeah it was stuff on results shows, mostly. I’ll tell you tomorrow. I’m too sleepy now.

  62. BTW – How come you don’t watch the results shows?

    Don’t like the cheesy group numbers? Hate the prolonged results interrupted by numerous commercials? Dislike ‘artists’ pimping their new singles? Can’t believe that 10 minutes of information can be stretched to one hour?

    What’s not to like?

  63. ALR
    Don’t like the cheesy group numbers?
    I enjoyed the one Paula choreographed.

    Dislike ‘artists’ pimping their new singles?
    I don’t mind that concept. It should be OK to bring some successful recording artist to “show them how its done”, if you will. The problem is that they bring people who either lipsync (Paula), autotune (Foxx), or flat out suck (Rod Stewart; that was actually sad). 9 out of 10 times, the finalists sound better than the “artists”.

    Good for Fox if they make money out of it.

  64. Sorry for the lack of block-quoting. Don’t know what’s going on, but something changed, and now I cannot use tags, or edit. Oh well, hopefully it is clear enough.

  65. Its true, LDR, Pieces was the best part of the whole show. It really, really sounded good.

    Do you want to hear what I thought I saw between Allison and Matt, or should I just drop it?

  66. Interesting article about Susan Boyle in the headlines. Partial (w/ my bolds added):

    Boyle’s audience is heavily biased towards older women, who may well surf the net for information but still prefer to own a physical copy of their music.

    It is particularly telling that, in the first week of release, only six per cent of Boyle’s album sales were downloads. This is a demographic whose buying habits are propping up the old model of the music business, yet whose tastes are often overlooked by labels focusing on the traditionally more lucrative youth market.

    It is an important consideration: just because more people bought the Susan Boyle CD doesn’t mean more people actually listened to her music. Lady GaGa, the diametric opposite of Boyle in pop cultural terms, sold 5.8 million copies of her debut album, The Fame, but almost certainly suffered far more from illegal file sharing. In terms of cultural penetration, GaGa is arguably the biggest star of the moment. But, right now, Boyle is worth more to the embattled record industry.

    So what I take from this (in reference to Allison), is that if they want to make money, its a mistake to ignore her older fans, of which I believe she has many. I think this whole teen focus has really alienated older fans – to her detriment (and Jive’s).

    Wasn’t Kelly just a couple of years older than Allison when she won? I don’t think they marketed her to a specific age group.

  67. Pieces: Thinking about the song and the contestants, it would have been great to have that song with the NY girl that was not allowed to sing secular music.
    Matt and Allison sitting in a tree: I would love to hear it. If you can provide a link to the alleged incident, it would be better.

  68. ALR
    So what I take from this (in reference to Allison), is that if they want to make money, its a mistake to ignore her older fans, of which I believe she has many. I think this whole teen focus has really alienated older fans – to her detriment (and Jive’s).

    Marketing a teenage rocker to the 30, 40, and older crowd is probably out-of-the-box thinking for a big label, and a risk an executive would probably not make.
    If an executive screws up marketing Allison to teenagers he can say “hey, she comes from AI, she is a teenager, and it really was the best match; maybe Simon was right and she is just not that likeable” and the executive will probably keep his/her job. On the other hand, if the executive markets Allison to the older folks and it doesn’t work, people will come back and say “what were you thinking?”
    Of course, if the executive succeeds in marketing Allison to the older folks, he/she will be a star. But, playing the odds of keeping his/her job, an executive will be smart to market Allison to the teens.
    Kelly, to be honest, I don’t know enough about Kelly’s career to know who the target was with her first albums.

  69. I guess what I’m saying about marketing is that it should not feel exclusive, but rather inclusive of all age groups.

    I’m hopeful that if there is a Plan B, that it will feel more inclusive based on the songs they choose for singles, the shows she appears on, the radio stations they target, and her image. Her Idol appearance (and I’m confident there will be one) could make a big difference. Since that audience is now skewing older, they should make sure she appeals to that crowd. Hopefully they will say ‘Oh Allison has an album out? I love her! I’m gonna get that!’ And not “Poor Allison, what are they doing to her?” as I have sometimes thought.

  70. LoveDaRocker
    01/14/2010 at 9:52 am

    Hearing “Pieces” was something. End of the clip below.
    http://www.rickey.org/?p=30938

    ETA: by something, I mean it was the best part of the whole show.

    How sweet to hear a little piece of Pieces. The more I listen to Pieces and Still Breathing the more marketable I think they could be. Still, I wonder if “we who live down here in the shadows” were the only ones to pick up on the piece of Pieces.

  71. Re: Matt and Allison. I’m really torn here because its really none of my business. I’ll just say that the one incident that started to make me think something was up took place on Top 7 results night (the first one). They were showing a video of the Top 7 at the premier of 17 Again, and there was one part where it was just Matt and Allison together. There was just something about it – they looked kind of awkward or guilty – like they didn’t want to be captured on video together like that. It just seemed weird to me. (Sorry I can’t find the video.) After that I started noticing lots of other little things that I won’t go into.

    I know its a stretch – and the little things don’t add up to much – but I just had a gut feeling about it.

    End of story.

  72. jordison, I posted on the Atlanta auditions blog entry that Pieces was used and on which contestant. I went back a few comments and someone else had pinted it out.
    ALR, the Matt-Allison thing is a stretch. They all really liked each other. I think PRM touched on this before: I think Matt may seem to be flirting with girls when he is really not. Its just that he is kind-of a jokester and is always smiling. Girls like that in a guy and respond to it. What may seem like flirting might just be good ol goofy fun.

  73. What may seem like flirting might just be good ol goofy fun.

    I saw a lot of goofy fun, but that’s not what I was referring to in this incident and others.

    But… really the point of my original post was to see if anyone else had seen things that I thought I saw, and not to necessarily call it out to the world. Now I know that no one else did – at least not among the underground dwellers.

    Maybe someday I’ll read about it in her memoirs!

  74. I wouldn’t call the 10 of us still coming back to this entry “the world”. Besides, I don’t think you will be revealing the location of the Nixon tapes. With all the scrutini they go through, if nobody has raised it before, I am sure its something open to interpretation that won’t get the world to say: Matt is a statutory rapist!!!!!!
    In other words: SPILL IT ALREADY! :-)

  75. And, what is scrutini, some kind of pasta?

    No fair! You edited, and ruined my joke!

  76. jordison
    Scrutini goes well with tomato sauce and bite-me-ni cheese :-).
    I think 10 is about right. About 5 seem to be doing the posting at this stage, but I am sure there are some others monitoring.

    ETA: changed back.

  77. Hey guys, I’m going to have to drop off for a while now. I’ve been watching reports from Haiti, and it’s tearing me up. I’ve been trying to joke and bs a little bit this morning, but I can’t any more.

    I just can’t do this right now.

    OT – Please, if there is any way you can contribute, even in a small way, please do so. This is such a terrible tragedy.

    PS – I only say this, not from a sense of self importance, but because alli lurker seems to get worried when I go AWOL.

  78. Jordison,
    I understand. I have been here today more than usual, and I think that’s the reason. I need something light to balance such a terrible tragedy. I will be donating, and I hope many will do the same.

  79. I didn’t see any sparks from Allison and any of the Top 10 guys, but I did see some sparks flying during tour with one of the band members…kind of not the sort of thing that should be public though. With Matt she was goofing off and she was always hugging and being hugged by everyone in that group, even Scott, probably the “little sister” syndrome…but on tour, to me it felt like the guys and the girls got completely separated into two groups that didn’t hang out much with each other.

  80. jordison: PS – I only say this, not from a sense of self importance, but because alli lurker seems to get worried when I go AWOL.

    Not worried, more like pissed! :)

    I usually say I’m going away so that people don’t think I’m ignoring them.

  81. That’s an impressive list alli lurker! You may have something, but like I said…during tour, I think things moved to a different direction ;)

  82. That’s an impressive list alli lurker! You may have something, but like I said…during tour, I think things moved to a different direction

    Why, thank you! That means a lot coming from our foremost alliologist. And yes, I think if there was something there, it ended early on tour (the bubbletweet was in Oakland). Although charming, I think Matt is emotionally immature – which Allison probably figured out.

    I know what you’re saying about the tour. I hope she knows better than to play with fire like that.

  83. ALR,
    We are not worthy, we are not worthy. I am humbled by your presence in this blog entry.
    As I said before, I generally didn’t watch results. But even if I had, I wouldn’t have picked all of that (not becuase it didn’t happen, but because I am not so attentive to detail).
    All we need now is to get Matt drunk and make him spill the beans. Or interview Danny, a microphone in one hand, and a bible in the other, and ask him.
    I am actually surprised that sort of thing doesn’t happen more often (or maybe what happens in the mansion stays in the mansion). Getting young, fairly attractive people, working and living together for a few months is a recipe for hanky panky.

  84. I don’t know, sometimes I thought Gokey had a special interest in her and even Anoop but maybe that was all more a sibling thing than anything. ;)

    I know what you’re saying about the tour. I hope she knows better than to play with fire like that.

    I think whatever it was it ended with the tour as well and good thing it did. Again, whatever it was, they were both playing with fire and I personally hold him more responsible than her…but yeah, luckily I think it’s over.

    I am actually surprised that sort of thing doesn’t happen more often

    LOL, well, her mom and sometimes her sister were there, so that makes things a bit more difficult.

  85. PRM
    LOL, well, her mom and sometimes her sister were there, so that makes things a bit more difficult.

    True.
    I also agree with your Danny comments. The food fight grab was … weird. He is shown in a video doing it again during rehersals.
    An Anoop-Allison couple (Anison?) sounds pretty crazy. He is all brainy, calmed, and collected, and she is fun, electric, and (her words) straight crazy. Ying/Yang? LOL.
    Ok, I am not talking anymore about Allison’s love life, or lack thereof, with any other finalist (unless some new revelations come forward, of course).

  86. alli lurker…here’s one for your conspiracy theory lol!

    http://twitpic.com/wuqbw

    I think that was Vancouver, the 3rd stop of the tour.

    From Disco Night performances:

    http://www.allison-iraheta.us/photos/displayimage.php?album=59&pos=6

    http://www.allison-iraheta.us/photos/displayimage.php?album=59&pos=10

    Ok, I am not talking anymore about Allison’s love life, or lack thereof, with any other finalist (unless some new revelations come forward, of course).

    Does that mean your open to discussing her love with anyone outside of the Top 12? LOL

    The Anoop thing is just me joking around, I actually think he annoyed her with her high energy. He still loved her dearly like a kid sister, but she annoyed him.

    Speaking of Anoop and Matt, does anyone remember that video where they were interviewing each other and Allison interrupted them? She was talking to Matt before she realized they were being filmed “Hey, loser, I’m talking to you”…that was pretty funny.

    I also agree with your Danny comments. The food fight grab was … weird. He is shown in a video doing it again during rehersals.

    And in some pictures at the barricades during the tour. He was always roughing her around.

  87. Speaking of Anoop and Matt, does anyone remember that video where they were interviewing each other and Allison interrupted them? She was talking to Matt before she realized they were being filmed “Hey, loser, I’m talking to you”…that was pretty funny.

    Yes, I almost added it to the list, along with salsa pants.

    Speaking of what happens in the mansion, stays in the mansion – I would hope that this discussion is not spread far and wide. I really meant it for us underground dwellers. I don’t want anyone to be hurt or embarrassed by it. That’s why I was reluctant to say anything… and now I wish I hadn’t.

  88. One more thing… when she sang “Someone To Watch Over Me” and got teary? I imagined she was singing about Matt.

    I guess she could have been singing about Kris and Adam, too. They really helped her out. I said I wasn’t a fan of Adam, but I loved how he and Kris helped her on the show. I liked him more then than I do now.

    I hope she has people like that around her now. People she trusts who give her honest feedback.

  89. Only if you believe my bullsh*t. And that’s pretty much what it is…

  90. Sooooo…. “Friday I’ll Be Over You”’s guy HAS been uncovered?

    Haha…I doubt it. They still seem affectionate with each other through Twitter. I don’t think it’s Matt…and no, this should not leave this underground. These are private speculations on our part.

  91. I don’t know how many of you follow her on twitter, she’s been pretty quiet lately, but did you guys see the pictures she posted a few days ago with the jumper and her sister and 3 year old nephew? They were hilarious and really cute too.

    Also, Radio Disney has posted on youtube the three videos they have of her, Acoustic Don’t waste the pretty and Fibou as well as a short interview where she talks about being rejected from American Juniors.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZsUWUBuNs8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJTOUwN7fn0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu5qWcQ0pko

    They have it also on their home page: http://radio.disney.go.com/index.html

  92. PRMari

    Ok, I am not talking anymore about Allison’s love life, or lack thereof, with any other finalist (unless some new revelations come forward, of course).

    Does that mean your open to discussing her love with anyone outside of the Top 12? LOL

    Top 13, actually. Semi-finalists + the world are fair game. LOL.

    alli lurker
    Speaking of what happens in the mansion, stays in the mansion – I would hope that this discussion is not spread far and wide … I was reluctant to say anything… and now I wish I hadn’t.

    but then …

    One more thing… when she sang “Someone To Watch Over Me” and got teary? I imagined she was singing about Matt.

    LOL. You can’t stop!

    roquemocan
    Sooooo…. “Friday I’ll Be Over You”’s guy HAS been uncovered?

    Yes! ALR figured it out! What was MJ’s email again? LOL.

    All, that was a lot of fun. Clearly 99% of it is speculation. As I said before though, these are young people spending lots of time together, and it would be perfectly normal that, at least at some level, they start developing feelings for each other.
    Gosh, had Kris not been married, who knows what would have happen between him and Adam. :-o

  93. LOL. You can’t stop!

    I know right??!! I should just shoot myself.

    It was a lot of fun until SOMEBODY had to ruin it.

  94. So, will one more post get us to the next page?

    I hope so!

    ETA: Success!

  95. It was a lot of fun until SOMEBODY had to ruin it.

    I hope that wasn’t me…speculation is always fun, we’re not saying any of this is true ;)

  96. No, not you! It was that person I don’t know, and therefore don’t trust.

    Sometimes I think we get too comfortable, thinking we’re in our own little world down here. I obviously did, anyway.

  97. I was on Matt’s twitter page… It says he’s dropping a single called ‘You Don’t Know Me’ next month.

    WTF??

    http://twitter.com/ImMattGiraud

    ETA: Sounds like an a-hole thing to do. He kind of looks like an a-hole in that picture (on twitter), too.

  98. I thought it was me.
    In any case, there is really nothing to worry about.
    Kara-into-Matt rumors had much more evidence than anything ALR said. Kara had a stupid grin during Matt’s audition; during “So Small” Kara said “there is nothing small about you, that’s for sure”; during “Lets Get It On” they flirted a bit back and forth, and she said “lots of girls are saying yeah, lets get it on”. Slezak even commented on it many times. They are both fine, nothing to see there.
    An Anoop-Megan rumor floated around a bit; and she joked about it saying in a recent chat “I may or may not have kissed him”. Everyone is fine, nothing to see there either.
    Adam said that he had a crush on Kris, for God’s sake. Kris said he was flattered by that, and Katy responded by saying she had a crush on Adam. Nothing to see. Move along.
    ALR’s “Mattison” theory is thinner than anything of the above. I know Alli said in the Realite interview that some of the stuff she read on the internet made her cry (which actually (almost) made me cry), but I am certain nothing here would even upset her, even if our own CSI Agent Grissom got it right.

  99. Sounds like an a-hole thing to do.

    She should drop her YDKM first – that’ll show him! :)

  100. ALR
    Sounds like an a-hole thing to do. He kind of looks like an a-hole in that picture (on twitter), too.

    Yeah. Even if the topic of the song is similar, do you have to actually call it the same? He must have listened to Alli’s album and know that she has a song titled like that. And, that it was the one she has a co-write credit on.
    Wait a minute … Could it be … a response? LOL.

  101. LDR – In any case, there is really nothing to worry about.

    If she were over 18 I wouldn’t worry. I wish that day would get here already. Better yet 21, so we can all go out drinking!

    And I hope we aren’t making her sad. I kinda doubt she reads this stuff, but hopefully she gets a chuckle out of it if she does.

  102. Sheesh, I leave for a few days and you guys go all grassy knoll!

    Anyway, here’s something interesting. Someone tweeted that Allison was a guest a couple of hours ago on WSTW in Wilmington DE. That’s one of the stations she visited during her radio tour a couple of months ago. Don’t know if she called in for a new interview or if they aired one that they recorded when she was there. But I wonder if this means that the station is going to start playing her…?

    Thanks to PRMari for retweeting the info.

  103. JohnM
    01/15/2010 at 7:23 pm

    Okay, apparently I’m back with a vengeance…

    You guys HAVE to read this. Another example of auto-translation run amok. So hysterically funny I almost had tears in my eyes!

    AMERICAN ICON ENDINGIST ALLISON IRAHETA CIPHER TO 19 REGISTERINGS; UNVEILING RECORD TO BE DISCHARGED PLUNGE…

    Elephant. I couldn’t hat sad it bitter. Had tires in my ice from living so heard.

    Seriously, a wonderful piece of prose.

  104. Sheesh, I leave for a few days and you guys go all grassy knoll!

    And you didn’t even see all of it!!

    So hysterically funny I almost had tears in my eyes!

    OMG so very, very funny, I definitely have tears in my eyes. The quotes are the best part:

    Allison: “I consider I’m still in startle that this is function — removing to jot down my initial manuscript as well as this total overwhelming knowledge is a mental condition come true!”

    A mental condition come true!

    Barry Weiss: “Her bluesy, absolute voice, lively attitude, as well as irritable star energy rught away perplexed us as well as it didn’t make a difference where she ranked upon Idol, you knew you longed for her to stick upon a extraordinary stand of immature bent during Jive.”

    Irritable star energy! Too Much!

  105. you knew you longed for her to stick upon a extraordinary stand of immature bent during Jive.”

    Hahahahahahaha that sounds sooo dirty lol!!!

    It was voiced currently that nineteen Recordings has sealed Allison Iraheta,

    This is just too hysterically funny! It’s hilarious! Poor Allison haha

  106. Okay guys, new topic. I’m gonna say this because its been bothering me (and you might not like it) but… I have concerns about the band. I miss the MFB. I would really like to see more testosterone in her band. I think she needs a couple of guys she can semi-flirt with while she’s singing (maybe not as much as she did with Tim) and I just don’t see that happening with any of the band members now.

    Even if she’s not flirting, it would be nice to to see some solid looking rock type guys on guitar. I like the look of Kris’ band. I could see her fronting a band like that. They seem to gel together real well, too. Allison’s band seems a bit off to me – kind of thrown together looking.

    I also think it would be a good idea at this point for her to step back and reassess her live performances. I think it would be cool if the MFB could perform with her on Idol, or maybe she could use Ricky’s band from the show. That might put the spotlight back on her. I think she should also work on her movements on stage. I think I liked her better on Idol when she wasn’t moving around so much. And as I’ve said (too much) in the past, she needs to work on her image. I like how she looked during her exit performance of Cry Baby. I thought she finally had it right during that performance. Maybe they could head back in that direction, and maybe tone down the red in her hair a bit.

    I assume that she will not be singing Friday on Idol (although sometimes I think she had to sell her soul to Max Martin just to get a couple of songs from him). I’m hoping they make a shift to a song more suitable for the Idol audience. I’d like YDKM, but there’s many others I’d be okay with (Pieces, Still Breathing, Trouble Is, DWTP, No One Else). I definitely want something with emotion, though. I think the Idol audience likes that, too. I don’t know for sure, but based on what they’ve said about the Idol audience skewing older, they might be more likely to purchase her cd rather than just a single. If that’s true, maybe she doesn’t necessarily have to sing the current single.

    Anyway, these are my thoughts on where we are right now…

  107. This is what I think of her band. They’re not thrown together, they’re good musicians who get along great and get her and her music. I like their look and their sound, I specially like Valerie’s drumming. However, I completely agree that there needs to be more flirting during performances and that’s not going to happen with Dave Immerman, whom in my opinion, is not into girls. I’ve been missing her interactions with Tim Stewart and I’ve been wondering how sizzling would it have been to have her and Tim doing those “Just like you” acoustic performances or how awesome it would be to see Tim and her rocking out to Holiday.

  108. ALR: I really dislike anything you say.
    That said, on the one hand, nobody wanted to talk about her love life. Now, all want her to flirt with her band. What gives? :-)
    I don’t have a problem with her band. I do agree that her performing has gotten a bit out of hand.
    I don’t have a problem with her outfits. The hair though, is an issue for me. I would like her to keep a straight or slightly curly red hear. Having hair on her face is not good. And, having pieces spiked seems like she is trying too hard.
    As long as her vocals are tight, her hair is the only thing I would want her to pay attention to.

  109. OK guys, take a deep breath through your oxygen tanks and don’t get the bends coming up to the surface for a while. Check out the new Idolotry. Slezak plays Allison’s music constantly in the early segments with continual references to her throughout.

    Anybody know what kind of audience Idolotry gets? It seems like all the Slezak plugs don’t seem to be doing much to kick start her career.

    But, I love the fact the MS keeps plugging away. Way to go Michael!

  110. LDR –
    …on the one hand, nobody wanted to talk about her love life. Now, all want her to flirt with her band. What gives? :-)
    I don’t have a problem with her band. I do agree that her performing has gotten a bit out of hand.
    I don’t have a problem with her outfits. The hair though, is an issue for me. I would like her to keep a straight or slightly curly red hear. Having hair on her face is not good. And, having pieces spiked seems like she is trying too hard.
    As long as her vocals are tight, her hair is the only thing I would want her to pay attention to.

    Without getting personal toward any of our fellow posters, I pretty much agree with all of this.

    I am concerned about Allison’s personal life to the extent that I wish her a happy life and a rewarding career. Other than that, I don’t feel the need to get involved in her relationships.

    I think the band is fine for right now. If, as we hope, Allison gets more popular and picks up a nice tour, I expect that additional band members (e.g., second guitar, back up singer(s), cowbell – [gotta have more cowbell!] :), etc.) will be added.

  111. No, no backup singers, that’s not rock. Band members who can sing are rock.

    I am concerned with her personal life in the way that I want her to be happy and I don’t want her personal life to interfere (in a bad way) with her career, that’s all.

  112. PRMari
    01/16/2010 at 4:08 pm

    No, no backup singers, that’s not rock. Band members who can sing are rock.

    I’d like to see the rule book on this one. Is one considered a band member if that person “plays” a tambourine?

    I guess the Rolling Stones are not considered a rock band?
    http://www.bboogie.com/Rolling_Stones.htm

    At four minutes of ten, The Stones play, “Tumblin’ Dice.” The full brass section of two saxophones, trumpet and trombone, led by long-time Stones sideman Bobby Keys, is fully utilized. The trio of backup singers, led by long time backup vocalist Lisa Fisher, is just humming away at their respective harmonic capacity.

    Is it against the rules to record a rock song with multiple tracks using the lead singer to reproduce his/her own harmonies? How is this OK, but backup singers are not OK?

    The one rule of rock and roll is that there are no rules. (I think I just made up that rule).

  113. alli lurker: Even if she’s not flirting, it would be nice to to see some solid looking rock type guys on guitar. I like the look of Kris’ band. I could see her fronting a band like that.

    Ha! This one made me laugh! Kris’s guys look like straight-laced nerds, not rock-type guys (except for the bass player). Which is fine with me — I don’t care about looks, it’s probably pretty much what I’d look like, they’re good musicians, and they actually look to me a lot like one of my most revered bands of the 2000s, Mutemath. But I sure don’t see her fronting a band like that, not as a natural fit, anyway.

    They seem to gel together real well, too. Allison’s band seems a bit off to me – kind of thrown together looking.

    I don’t get any “visual gel vibe” at all from Kris’ band. In the performances I’ve seen, they seem to be totally isolated from each other — no physical/visual chemistry at all (but again, it’s the musical chemistry that counts). Allison’s band, on the other hand, has shown stage chemistry, at least the troika of Allison, Dave, and The Future Mrs. LoveDaRocker. I must admit that I don’t get the complaint about Allison and Dave, as they have played off each other a bit and I assume that’ll grow over time. Like PRMari, I also don’t get the thrown-together complaint, and instead think that they’re good musicians — especially in light of the fact that all four of them can sing and do very well with backing vocals.

    I’m hoping they make a shift to a song more suitable for the Idol audience.

    If they wanted to get maximum benefit out of an appearance before the AI audience, there is just one song: Trouble Is. Okay, yeah, I know, Scars outsold everything when the tracks became available, so there’s a mighty good argument for that one too. But I’m sorry, I just can’t get past the fact that TI is a far superior song and recording. In any event, a song has to be a ballad to get the maximum benefit out of the AI audience.

    Despite all that, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — and you’ve groaned before and you’ll groan again: you do the current single on TV appearances. I do kind of expect that it’ll be DWTP by the time an AI appearance would happen.

    jordison: Anybody know what kind of audience Idolotry gets? It seems like all the Slezak plugs don’t seem to be doing much to kick start her career.

    It gets a hard-core online AI audience. Wouldn’t have any impact at all on her career.

    I think the band is fine for right now. If, as we hope, Allison gets more popular and picks up a nice tour, I expect that additional band members (e.g., second guitar, back up singer(s), cowbell – [gotta have more cowbell!], etc.) will be added.

    I don’t expect that at all. More band members = more expense. On the other hand, if by “nice tour” you mean “big headlining tour after selling millions of albums”, then maybe.

    But, from a musical standpoint, backup singers make no sense, because of the aforementioned (afourmentioned?!) singing ability of all four current members. I could certainly see a second guitar making musical sense, but again, no way do I see that happening in the foreseeable future due to the expense.

  114. LoveDaRocker
    ALR: I really dislike anything you say.

    WTF? That is not at all what I wanted to say!!! I just came back to see what was going on and read that. ALR previously said “you might not like it”, and I wanted to say either “I don’t dislike anything you say” or “I really like anything you say”. I think I fell victim to poor re-editing. I truly apologize.
    Hopefully, the “That said” that comes afterwards, makes it clear that what came before it was meant to be approval of all previous ALR’s comments, to them come with some slight disapproval.

  115. Kris band seems like lawschool students (or the nerdy-with-an-edge group of your choice) picking up instruments on drinking night.
    Also, I see lots of chemistry on Allison’s band. Lots of eye contact between Allison, Dave, and Mrs. LDR, particularly during the AOL Sessions’ Holiday, but generally they seem to interact. Also, there are some youtube videos of Valery and Priscilla hanging out and having fun. Priscilla does seem to concentrate a lot during songs, so maybe she is more concern about getting the notes right instead of interacting with the other members.

  116. I don’t expect that at all. More band members = more expense. On the other hand, if by “nice tour” you mean “big headlining tour after selling millions of albums”, then maybe.

    Of course that’s what I mean.

    Seriously, if the current band is able to do a respectable live version of each of Allison’s songs, then we’re good. I know second or third billing would only allow for a few songs, but it’s nice to have the ability to change it up.

    Also, glad to hear LDR’s clarification about the misstated comment to ALR – it sure seemed out of character.

  117. F me – I just had another lengthy post swallowed by this godforsaken site. I don’t want to try again right now, but just wanted to let LDR know that I got his apology. (At first I was like ‘whoa! pretty harsh there!’)

  118. alli lurker, you really need to start writing posts in a text editor and then pasting them into mj’s text box. There’ve been multiple times that I’ve been glad I do that, because I avoided losing posts that way.

  119. ALR: Thanks.
    ALR: in addition to JohnM’s suggestion on posting, from personal experience, read the post one last time before sending it ;-).
    Regarding Slezak: true that he is followed by hardcore idols who would probably not be swayed one way or the other regarding Allison. Still good that he remains such a fan though. I was afraid that he would just move on right away. He is definitely keeping the “save the rocker” theme longer than I expected.

  120. Gross. That seems to have been during the Quinceanera show. I wish I could catch a rerun of the whole show.

  121. I won’t do a full translation of the video but I had already seen it. Basically, she’s on a “date” with this guy, she’s then telling her mom that she’s fallen in love with him (he’s a co-worker) but in the end it’s all acting and sort of a prank on Mama Sara. She then eats the worms to prove to her mother that she loves her.

    It’s a bizarre thing and I don’t know how Telemundo got away with making a 14 year old eat worms on tv.

  122. Didn’t the show originate in Mexico? Maybe in Mexico eating worms is not as terrible as it is in the US. Don’t they put them on the bottom of tequila bottles?

  123. I felt like crap over the weekend, but I’m feeling better now.

    In my post that got deleted, I wrote a little bit about Katharine McPhee (among other things) and how some of Allison’s outfits on her TV appearances, especially the NYE outfit, reminded me of how Kat McPhee looked the first time I saw her after Idol. She also wore a poofy, short skirt. Here’s the video (ETA: Notice the U in the song title!):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRyf9poAFe4

    I remember thinking she looked really fake, not like what I remembered from Idol. Its weird, but yesterday I saw an article about her and they asked her about it:

    Q: On “Idol,” you sang big songs and wore long gowns, and then you recorded a pop album for your self-titled debut record. Was it hard at that time to find your identity?

    A: It was really hard for me to be able to find my identity because the label I was with at the time didn’t see me doing that and didn’t see me wearing the long gowns. They wanted me wearing the very short-short dresses and be that sex kitten or whatever because, you know, the Rihannas and the Cassies were really hot at the time, and they thought, “Oh, you know, let’s put her in that mold.”
    I have a lot more to say than just singing those pop songs, which I love. I’m a huge Top 40 lover . . . but I realized through that process it didn’t really fit me. I’d much rather be authentic to myself than this machine that doesn’t really stay true to you.
    It wasn’t ultimately who I was. The cover of the first record, that was a hair campaign photo shoot. … you live and you learn.

    As you probably know, it didn’t go well for Katharine, and I don’t think it will go well for Allison if she continues down this path. I think they’re dressing her like Katy Perry. See this month’s cover of Glamour Magazine:

    http://www.glamour.com/magazine/2010/01/katy-perry-cover-shoot-photo-gallery#slide=5

    I think Jive did a good job with Allison’s album. I love it. It’s the only thing I’ve listened to in my car since I bought it on December 1. But I also think they’re screwing up her image. I don’t want a Katy Perry vibe from her. I hope they wise up and bring back her rocker image.

  124. Did anybody see The Ting Tings do “Shut Up and Let Me Go” on SNL? She played cowbell (and laughed) at 2:48:

    Here is the Will Ferrell – Christopher Walken cowbell classic from SNL.

    BTW – it evidently is no longer available on youtube.

    http://morecowbelloriginal.com/

  125. Here is the Will Ferrell – Christopher Walken cowbell classic from SNL.

    Yep, still hilarious.

  126. ALR:
    Kat McPhee was always playing the sex-kitten on Idol. At least that’s what I remember. She did wear a long dress during Idol: a super revealing yellow number that showed her legs as high as the FCC would probably allow. So playing innocent now is suspect. Plus, she is currently in a bikini in the cover of Shape magazine. Puhlease!
    I also remember she had a great voice but her song choices were not that great. Her top tune “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, doesn’t necessarily scream originality. She did a good job on that Horse on the Cherry Tree song (I am not sure about the title, don’t wanna look it up).
    I think Kat’s issue is that she is like a Camry. Decent and reliable. But few people dream about having one. Once you have it, you like it, but it doesn’t erase that BMW, or Cadillac (for some of the 50+ folks listening), from your wish list.
    Back to Allison, I am still not sure her outfits are of her making or if Jive is pushing her to wear them. It is telling that she only goes Cindy-Laupery on big TV gigs, so maybe the label is encouraging her. On the other hand, she went Pebbles Flintstone all by herself during Top-Downloads night.
    As for her performing (which, I agree, you are not referencing, but could be considered part of her image), she was pretty frantic before Idol and during the tour. T-Rex arm was in full force during her Conan gig, and the first time I heard the T-Rex arm term, it came from Kris during a tour interview. I believe she is performing the way she wants, but (correctly) chose to tone it down for the show.
    Anyway, I wanted to add my two cent on what I think is really going through her mind, but I have some other things to get to. Later.

  127. All I have to add to this conversation is that I agree with LDR on this one ;)

    Also, think back to Allison’s only 4 TV appearances and think about the audience and the setting for each one of them. The red dress was for a performance at midnight in Vegas for NYE, Vegas, of all places, so not that strange. She looked pretty normal to me in Ellen and very rockish in GMA. Her most Cindy Laupery outfit was the Kimmel one and that show gets a more young adult audience who might get the punk part of her outfit. I don’t think she has a problem with her tv outfits, this is the girl who was dying her hair red and blue by age 15, and the same girl who wore the Pebbles outfit as well as that “hot stuff” outfit during Idol. About her performing style, go watch her winning performance on Quinceanera for “Total Eclipse of the Heart”, now THAT was something haha…the T-Rex arm and her spazzy self is very much part of who Allison is. I think a lot of that comes from her latina side. We talk and express ourselves through hand movements A LOT.

  128. LDR and PRM – I guess we’ll have to disagree then…

    I personally don’t think her recent TV performances have helped her at all and I think she may be in trouble. I’m a huge fan, but I wasn’t impressed by any of them. I think something has to change – actually three things – her image, her stage movements (although I think she’s getting better here), and her song choices. I think I would be doing her a disservice by saying that everything is okay… because I don’t think it is.

    I gotta say though, that I love her acoustic performances and most of the AOL Sessions. Probably because I can focus on her singing and not on everything else.

  129. I think you’re exagerating, that’s all. I don’t think her song choices have anything to do with anything and neither does her image. What has to change is the amount of promo she’s getting, which at the moment is NONE. You and I are not her target audience, we are not the ones she’s supposed to impress.

  130. Uh oh, where’s Rub when we need him? Maybe jordison can distract us…

    I disagree with everything you just said. Sorry.

  131. ALR:
    In general, I agree with you more than you think.
    You have written many times regarding the reasons why Allison has not been as successful as she should be. You strongly believe that the main issue is her image and what she projects during performances.

    I think you have a very good point. And I agree with you that her image may be putting off some people. I disagree that it is the main reason.

    My comments today are in direct response to your comment involving McPhee and your implication that Jive is screwing Allison just as they screwed McPhee. I disagree with you on that point. I don’t think Jive is forcing this image onto Allison; and I don’t thing Jive is forcing her performance-antics either. I think that is all Allison. So, in a way, my response was a defense of Jive with respect to Allison’s image, not a denial of problems.

    Allison has an awesome album full of potential hits, and very little to show for it! At least not yet. So I agree there is a problem. My response has nothing to do with that.

    So, here is my position:
    The only thing I would change so that I could enjoy her more is making sure her hair is not in her face, and with no chunks of hair sticking out.
    I agree that her image may be putting off some people (not me), and I would attribute some of her lack of sales to that.
    I agree that her lack of promotion is a bigger issue, and I would attribute most of her lack of sales to that.
    I am not a music biz executive, and I have been thrown here only by Allison’s awesomeness. If I had a solution I felt confident about, I would spill it. I just don’t have one. And, since I like her image, for the most part, I cannot agree that her image is the sole problem. It’s easier to conclude that there has been not enough promotion, because, objectively, I think that is true.

    PRM goes a bit further and blames her lack of hits almost entirely on the lack or promotion. And its hard to deny that point, given the number of successful acts with less talent and more radio play. Katy Perry is an example. I just don’t feel that strongly about it.

  132. alli lurker: I think something has to change – actually three things – her image, her stage movements (although I think she’s getting better here), and her song choices.

    I don’t know if you think that the song choices are hers personally, so this may or may not be a reply to you, but she has no choice about performing the single on the TV appearances. That’s entirely due to the label’s choice of single. As for performing Holiday on New Year’s Eve, that may well have been her choice, but I’m in the camp that thinks that was a no-brainer anyway — NYE, rockin’ party, it’s called “Holiday” — why would they choose anything else?

    About the look and performance style, I seem to be pretty much with The Future Mr. Valerie F-ing Franco — the one thing that has bugged me about the TV performances (aside from the sound problems!) was the persistent hair in the face on NYE. No problem with hair flying in her face as she flails around in pretty much every performance — I like that very much (and the way she works the stage) — but the NYE “permanent hair obstruction” was a bit frustrating.

    Anyway, as for what the image/style is doing for/against her… Well, obviously it’s going to turn some people off and turn some people — um, well, you get the idea. But I don’t think there’s any way to know whether it’s a net advantage or disadvantage, other than getting a bunch of people in a room who would be open to liking her music enough to become fans and asking them what they think of her style. Short of that, I think all we have is a few personal opinions that we pass around.

    About promo, I don’t see how PRMari’s point that there’s too little can be argued with. In my view, the important question is what Jive/19 might be doing behind the scenes in terms of planning and groundwork. And that’s what I find particularly frustrating — there’s no tangible evidence of anything going on (other than the Radio Disney push), but I know that there may be stuff going on behind the scenes, but I don’t know if there really is stuff going on behind the scenes. If I did know that there is, I’d feel more comfortable. Well, there is the HitPredictor.com testing, so that’s a bit of a look behind the curtain… But it’s not enough, dammit!

  133. I have to say, of all her songs, I think Holiday could use more cowbell.
    :-)
    Did you know … the cowbell is an essential instrument of Salsa music.

  134. I don’t know if we had a conversation about this in the past, but, how do you market Allison to 30+ year-olds? On a previous post I wrote my theory of why a music exec would not market her to an older audience. But lets assume there is a music exec with a spine that is willing to do so. How do you go about that?
    I am not a student of the music biz, so I can only rely on what I see out there. Is there any teenager being marketed to an older audience, not through sex appeal? How is that working?
    IMHO, the best way market her, without relying on the sex-driven antics of Britney, Christina, Katy Perry, Kesha, etc…, is to put her music outthere for people to hear. She is a lot of fun and all that, but when it comes to adults, I think, it comes down to good music delivered well. Luckily for her, she can deliver on both fronts.
    If I were her label,
    I would pick the most mature songs on her album and will try to plug them in movies, tv shows, commercials, and of course, radio. It was great to hear Pieces in AI.
    I will also have her join a cause, like abused children, domestic violence (maybe difficult after BMU :-) ), Unicef, etc… Adults like when young people get involved in causes.
    I would get her on a tour pronto. I know we had our wish list of acts, but really, the point is for her to get outthere. She needs to show live what she can do.
    And, I would speed up efforts for creating Spanish music. After all, she won that Telemundo show, so there might be a dormant fan base outthere. The more she waits to reach them, the less they would think of her when she eventually does. Archie, for example, is doing an amazing job on that front, and he doesn’t speak Spanish as well as Allison.

  135. LDR: …I would pick the most mature songs on her album and will try to plug them in movies, tv shows, commercials, and of course, radio. It was great to hear Pieces in AI.
    I will also have her join a cause, like abused children, domestic violence (maybe difficult after BMU :-) ), Unicef, etc… Adults like when young people get involved in causes.
    I would get her on a tour pronto. I know we had our wish list of acts, but really, the point is for her to get outthere. She needs to show live what she can do.
    And, I would speed up efforts for creating Spanish music.

    LDR, we’re thinking alike here.

    I think some of her songs, because they convey so much emotion, would be ideal for movies. Good topic for discussion.

    Television: Does anyone understand the political ramifications of the Simon Fuller vs. 19 situation? Assuming that all is well with 19/Jive, etc., I have said before and will say again that some of Allison’s songs would be dynamite on So You Think You Could Dance. And, of course, getting rights to the music should not be an issue.

    I can imagine a Travis Wall contemporary duet to Trouble Is. With the right dancers and brilliant choreography it could be one of the most unforgettable duets of Season 7. The more mature audience would get and hopefully appreciate the emotional impact of the song along with the dancing. Only problem – just like Idol, the song would have to be cut down for time constraints. How do you cut anything out of Trouble Is?

    I think D is for Dangerous would be a great opening group number. I can envision the choreography now. (Disclaimer – I am not a dancer or choreographer, and basically know nothing about dance other than what I learned when I took tap when I was 5 years old).

    I can imagine a NappyTab (or whatever) theme number for Robot Love. Beat Me Up would also make a great duet, especially since most of the choreographers don’t seem to mind at all getting pretty edgy on themes.

    30 second snippets of a number of the other songs would lend themselves nicely to the dancers’ solos. I think Scars would lend itself to a great contemporary solo.

    For sure, they wouldn’t overuse Allison – they don’t even overuse established musicians. But – one breakthrough number (Trouble Is duet, please!) could kick-start her career.

    Of course, even better yet as far as audience, would be Dancing with the Stars. But I don’t think there’s any chance of that at all at this point in her career. But, who knows?

    I also cannot understand why the Spanish music market is not more aggressively being explored. It just seems like such a natural. Maybe also a little international exposure, where there wouldn’t be so much emphasis on the “fourth place finisher” part of Allison’s bio?

    As far as touring, at this point I’m ready to retract my “never with Adam” position (although not my first choice). Just get her out there.

    And finally, yes, yes, how about getting involved with some charitable events right now. There must be some benefit concerts being planned that would be willing to take talent below the superstar level.

  136. There are many, many things they could do with her but their not doing anything. That’s the main problem right now. I don’t think it has anything to do with image or song choices because even if some of you don’t like FIBOU, it is not a bad song, specially when you consider the huge piles of sh!t that are succesful on the radio at the moment.

  137. They seem to be directing her to Disney Radio. So, maybe nothing is better than something …
    FIBOU is a good song. My main complain has been that it doesn’t showcase her main talents: voice+emotion.

  138. Well, she does have that appearance at KIIS next week, so maybe there’s hope for some more non-Disney stuff. Course, it’d be nice if KIIS started playing her rather than just having her keep visiting…

    Also, she got two radio adds today — one being my local Top 40 station in Albany, NY. The other is an auto-add in Corpus Christi, TX. So, just when I was starting to wonder whether any more stations were going to add it, here comes Albany! I’m starting to think of it as the zombie song — it won’t really live, but it won’t die either!

  139. Whether FIBOU lives or dies, I think its time for a second single. Adam has released two and is already filming the video for a third one. Kris has not released a second one, but his first seems to be doing well. So, based on those experiences, it makes sense that Allison releases a new single soon.

  140. Maybe Allison is taking acting lessons so that she can fill one of those open spots on glee. I was against it at first, but now I just miss her and would love to see her every week. She could be on for a season or two, then go back to making cds. Maybe she could even tour in the off-season.

    Maybe she is busy finishing high school.

    Maybe she’s busy rehearsing the songs we haven’t seen her do live yet.

    Maybe she’s recording a new AOL Session to replace Friday.

    Maybe she’s polishing her performance skills and preparing the new single while we are cleansing our palette of Friday. There are a bunch of shows she hasn’t been on yet, so maybe their plan all along has been to debut a different song (for an older audience) on these shows.

    Maybe a new stylist has taken her on a shopping trip to New York or London to buy her some cool clothes.

  141. It would be good to know what’s going on. I remember that when the website went online, she welcomed people to the website through a video. I thought that would continue, but it was the only one.

  142. alli lurker
    01/20/2010 at 9:59 am

    Maybe Allison is…

    Or, maybe, Allison is:

    Tweets Jan 15:

    Brought mummy to Norms… Food porfavorRRRrrrrRrrRrr!!!

    Brought Max and Josie to kids heaven… Now this is a store for kids.. how do they expect them to learn anythin if there “R” is backwards..

    (That was Toys R Us/Kids R Us)

    For those of you who don’t know Norms, think Denny’s.

    http://www.normsrestaurants.com/

    I, for one, am glad that, at this stage in her life, Allison can still do these “normal” things that she enjoys with her family. I was listening to Adam on Oprah yesterday and he was sad to admit he can’t really go out in public like a “normal person” anymore, although they filmed him walking around Whole Foods without being bothered. But then there was a camera crew with him, of course.

    As to alli lurker’s list, another question: Is Allison practicing her guitar? Is it possible she might play guitar on any of her songs in the future?

    Still, let’s keep in mind – the album dropped on December 1, and today is January 20. Sometimes the breakthrough event doesn’t come along right away.

  143. I’m just entertaining myself since we haven’t heard anything new lately.

    Yes, its nice she’s able to do normal stuff with her family.

    It would be cool to see her play guitar on a song or two. Maybe she’s writing stuff, too.

  144. She better not come by any establishment that I am visiting. Normalcy will be over very quickly :-). I would immediately go guy-from-Best-Buy and ask for a picture, an autograph, and where are we going next, as my schedule suddenly cleared up.
    :-).
    Ok, not the “where are we going” part, but I’ll go guy-from-Best-Buy for sure.

  145. Oh, I think you’re serious about the “where are we going” part – you can’t fool me! :)

    I wish she’d come to a Denny’s near me and play a set.

  146. You know it! It would be great to hang out a bit. But I read that part of the comment back and just sounded creepy. So I added the last line.

  147. It would be good to know what’s going on. I remember that when the website went online, she welcomed people to the website through a video. I thought that would continue, but it was the only one.

    I keep thinking about what you said, LDR

    It would be fun if she could do a weekly video blog, but not one where she’s just sitting there talking to the computer. She could show her animals, Burrito chasing her around the house, stuff that’s going on in her life, etc. I think Gen Z “the connected generation” would eat that up (as well as us Allison junkies). (BTW – Robot Love is an anthem for Gen Z.) All the videos she’s done so far – Behind the Scenes at the Photo Shoot, and Buying Her Own Album – have been great.

    I don’t think she would need a film crew, either. Some of the videos that people took on the tour with their own cameras turned out really good. She could just have one person follow her around sometimes. She’s probably used to that.

  148. That’s what I have in mind ALR. Archie has a video log and I believe Cook has one too. All you need is a computer (which I am sure she has) and a webcam, or a decent digital camera that takes video. She obviously has to be careful (i.e., easy with the food babies and Mr. Hankey, and wardrobe malfunctions). But setting a theme and sticking to it shouldn’t be that hard. And you can always edit before posting.
    VLOG 1: Burrito.
    VLOG 2: Latest radio interview.
    VLOG 3: I just heard this band called … Check them out!
    VLOG 4: I met Taylor F*ing Lautner!
    VLOG 5: Met the band – today, Valerie :-)

    ETA: BTW: There was a video around of Kelly Clarson and her backup singers covering “The Climb” from someones room. It would be awesome if Alli would do one in a VLOG. I don’t really care which song (Tesla – Love Song? Have that in my head since that Power Ballad discussion a few weeks back). There will probably be copyright issues, but if Kelly did it, maybe is not such a big deal.

  149. Wow – I like the cover idea! Maybe she could do one every week! Hell, I’d pay to see that! She could get subscribers and make money off of it…

    Or maybe she could do one or two covers a month, then do other little videos. I still don’t really want to see her sit there and talk. I need more action – taking video of her out doing stuff. Maybe between the two of us we could come up with a couple of months of ideas for her.

    ETA: Back to the Best Buy guy, it would be funny just to follow her around and see how long it takes for someone to recognize her and approach her. The camera might give it away though.

  150. About the covers, I would just have that every once in a while, once a month would be more than enough. I truly think that a couple of minutes worth of video a week should not be much of a burden, but will give her fans a lot.
    Episode after current idol auditions end: talk about your impression of the idol auditions so far and talk about your own audition. Tip: don’t say that anyone sucked; just mention the ones you liked, the guest judges (say that they were all good), and Pants in the Ground.
    Hollywood Week episode: same deal, but about Hollywood week, talk about how awesome Ellen is.
    Another episode: Meet the band. I think there are might be four episodes right there. Just interview them and ask them fun stuff. Maybe take questions emailed from fans.
    Another episode: Your dogs. How did you acquire them. Did you adopt from a shelter? If you did its great! Ask others to do the same.
    Another episode: cover some song you really like. Maybe one where you can play the guitar.
    Another episode: interview your mom; she is pretty recognizable by now.
    Another episode: talk about the Telemundo thing. I wonder why she doesn’t.

    That’s two months right there.

  151. Damn, you’re good! I have to think about it and come up with some stuff tomorrow maybe. After my last post I remembered that show where they put famous people in regular jobs and see if people recognize them. It was pretty funny.

    I truly think that a couple of minutes worth of video a week should not be much of a burden, but will give her fans a lot.

    I agree. We miss her when she’s gone.

    ETA: Maybe they could film her taking her driver’s test. She could run into something as a joke or take 10 minutes to parallel park! (I had a friend in college who used what she called the ‘Helen Keller Method’ to parallel park. First you run into the car in front of you, then you run into the car behind you. Repeat.)

  152. Exposure to her fans can only help, especially because she is so likable.
    Remember the first album of Ashley Simpson. I just checked. The thing sold almost 400,000 the first week and went triple platinum. Only had one hit (Pieces of Me, which Kara co-wrote). Why? Because she made a frigging reality series on MTV on the process of making the CD. I haven’t heard any other song from her, and, according to Wikipedia, critical reviews were mixed. Her exposure, plus her sister’s name, somehow made people care and buy the CD.
    I am not calling for Allison to get a show. The point is that you have to make your fans, at least, know you a bit and care about you. Technology may suck sometimes :-), but putting a video in your website is nearly free.
    In a related comment, have you ever seen JPL’s American Nobody show? John Peter Lewis (JPL) is a finalist from a previous season (don’t remember which one). He films a show he posts on the internet in which he talks about music in general, sometimes showcases musicians, and makes funny commentary about stuff. I think is very well made. His “Idol in Crappy Pictures” is the funniest thing you’ll find about Idol, especially his “Paula – Twitter Quitter” three-part series. I don’t think Allison should go that far, but I’ll bet it doesn’t cost JPL much to do it.

  153. LoveDaRocker: I am not calling for Allison to get a show. The point is that you have to make your fans, at least, know you a bit and care about you. Technology may suck sometimes , but putting a video in your website is nearly free.

    This is exactly what my wife says about the state of music sales and piracy — you have to do everything you can to be a real, likable person to your fans, almost a long-distance friend, so that they won’t have that feeling of, “Oh, I can just rip that album instead of buying it — it’s not hurting anybody.” You want them to feel invested in you so that they’ll support you.

    In a related comment, have you ever seen JPL’s American Nobody show?

    Well, I’ve seen some stuff about it here on mj’s, but whenever I see “JPL”, I think of the Jet Propulsion Lab. Yeah, I’m a geek!

  154. More video ideas:

    School theme: Visit her old school. Spend some time in her sister’s classroom and let the kids ask her questions. If they allow it, visit idol school – show us what it’s like. ETA: Have her sing at the old school! Yay!

    Downey theme: Take us on a tour of Downey. What’s it like there? Don’t say where you hang out unless you want stalkers (like LDR :). I kid!!). ETA: Free concert in the park (fan appreciation). Yay! ETA2: Make the concert a fundraiser for the local animal shelter.

    Aunt theme: Hang out with her niece and nephew (I think that’s what she has, right?) That could be very cute, depending on their ages. ETA: Sing them to sleep! Yay!

    Remember the first album of Ashley Simpson.

    No, I stay far away from those girls.

    In a related comment, have you ever seen JPL’s American Nobody show?

    Yes – usually when MJ references it. Yes, it’s pretty funny. And you’re right, the quality is good and I’m sure he puts little or no money into it.

    ETA: BTW – all of these videos could be shown on the idol sites and bring her more publicity. I’m sure they are always looking for things to post.

  155. The Kradison concert is not too far off (Feb 12). Maybe she’ll debut a new single there.

  156. ALR
    The Kradison concert is not too far off (Feb 12). Maybe she’ll debut a new single there.

    I hope there is a new single by then. Also, I hope her set is at least 5 songs. And, that she sets her hair as in Alone, or with a pony tail as in the album art.

    Don’t say where you hang out unless you want stalkers (like LDR)

    Hey, I just happened to be in Downey for business and Norms (7955 Firestone Blvd) serves great food … for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  157. you have to do everything you can to be a real, likable person to your fans … you want them to feel invested in you so that they’ll support you.

    Relying on talent alone is a risky proposition. And that is true everywhere, not only the music business. You always need to find the best way to market yourself and use it.
    The internet has been a problem in that it allows people to steal music. On the other hand, it can be used to develop a fan base easier than ever before. Didn’t that Justin Bieber kid got a record deal based on some youtube videos? The kid can’t sing, but while other artists complained about the internet, he used it to his advantage. And look at him now! Still can’t sing, but appears to be having success.

  158. And, that she sets her hair as in Alone, or with a pony tail as in the album art.

    And I hope she wears something similar to what she wore during her exit performance of Cry Baby – something more representative of NYC than LA.

    Hey, I just happened to be in Downey for business and Norms (7955 Firestone Blvd) serves great food … for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    LOL!! Too funny!

  159. And I hope she wears something similar to what she wore during her exit performance of Cry Baby – something more representative of NYC than LA.

    She wears the craziest stuff for TV gigs. For Jingle Balls and radio shows she wore stuff in line with what you like. My guess is that she won’t go Cindy Laupery for this concert. But I am cool either way.

  160. Yeah, I heard they were bringing Lilith Fair back. My city is on the list for the first performances. I’m not sure what I think about it. It seems like a lot of people, but I don’t think they all play in every location. Allison could certainly make a lot of great contacts if she could get on the bill. I think they have more than one stage, so maybe her set wouldn’t be as short as I think it might be.

    I was more encouraged to see that Sheryl Crow will be out on the road and might have her own tour going on at the same time. That’s my dream ticket – Allison opening for Sheryl.

  161. Wait a minute… I didn’t know they added Heart! Now Allison has to be there to sing Alone with them!!

    That truly would be awesome!

    They should get Melissa Etheridge, too.

  162. Quote from Juno

    There we go. That was kind of the emotion that I was searching for on the first take.

    The list is very diverse. Alli would fit quite nicely. She is a new act though, and from what I read, they have lots of superstars. So she might not get the chance.
    What an opportunity to rub elbows with the best!

    I just thought of this. How about touring with Cindy Lauper! Sounds like a win. They can do the Time After Time duet. I checked Cindy Lauper’s website and she actually has a few concerts coming up. Didn’t say who was opening and I didn’t wanna spend the time finding out. If I was Alli, I would give CL a call and say: hey, remember me? Time after Time duet? You said giving me a record deal was a no-brainer? Yeah, that girl. Can I open for you in one of your upcoming gigs?

  163. That’s the kind of reaction I was expecting on your first post.

    Sorry, I didn’t bother to look at the website because I had been there before.

    Did you click on the artists tab on the site? If you scroll down you’ll see they have lots of ‘lesser knowns’ at the bottom of the page. But like I said, it seems like a lot of people. I never went to the Lilith Fair in the past. I generally like female singers, but thats a LOT of female singers. ETA: I’d rather see just one or two of my favorites.

    Hmm… the Cyndi Lauper thing. Maybe a few concerts, but I’d rather Allison not have a strong association with her. Along with the crazy outfits and hair… I’m not sure I like it. I really love their duet, though.

  164. Lilith: I think it would be a good “notch on her belt” if you will. Its a widely recognized event with lots of good talent.
    CL: It’s good business. I don’t know why the association would be bad. CL was a pop star, and now I see her more like a pop legend. There were some rock overtones in her music, and Time After Time, as well as True Colors, are classics by now. I think is a very good match. Also, I would not be concerned about Alli becoming identified in some way with the LGBT groups CL supports. I don’t think it would happen unless Alli becomes vocal about it (or comes out). And even then, is anyone’s guess how that would affect her career.

  165. You’re right on both counts.

    If she opened for CL, that might get her into some smaller venues, which would be terrific for those of us who want to see her there. I’m not at all concerned about the LGBT thing (I had to look that up, but I kinda knew what I would find.) I’m more concerned that Cyndi is so often portrayed as this zany, crazy person (did you see her guest appearance on 30 Rock last year?) – and that really was her image. I don’t want that image for Allison.

  166. Someone at TWoP reported hearing FIBOU on KIIS-FM in LA today. I can’t find it in the KIIS song log at yes.com, but if true, it might mean they’re going to start pushing her. That would be huge.

  167. ALR
    I’m more concerned that Cyndi is so often portrayed as this zany, crazy person (did you see her guest appearance on 30 Rock last year?) – and that really was her image. I don’t want that image for Allison.

    I think CL is crazy … like a fox. She was a pop star in the 80’s, when everyone was crazy :-).
    Seriously though, I like to think of the 80’s as the music video / MTV era of pop music. Very visual, or at least more visual than it had been. CL simply took advantage of that. Just like Lady Gaga is doing now with the costumes and risque overtones. I think, both are very talented (yes, I think Lady Gaga is very talented, not just a gimmick).
    Furthermore, and maybe more important, CL is most admired/appreciated by people who grew up in the 80’s, that same audience we think Allison should be marketed to.

  168. Like you said, Lady Gaga (and Katy Perry) are already following in Cyndi Lauper’s footsteps. I prefer an earnest little rocker image for Allison – sing to my heart. She’s so freakin good at it.

    Did you listen to the preview of Matt’s single YDKM? Nothing like Allison’s + its not really even his – its the girl’s. Anyway, it reminds me of those Natalie Cole / Nat King Cole duets. (Matt plays the dead guy. :) ) But seriously, I didn’t recognize his voice at first.

  169. CL: I don’t want Allison to be like CL in the 80’s, or to be this year’s version of that. I just think it would be good for her to hang out with/open for, the CL of now, which is different from the 80’s one. But, I see your point. It would not be good if Allison decides to be more like the old CL.
    Mattison: Yeah, is not a response :-). I like Matt in this Michael Buble style. But I think, in the end, Matt would probably end up doing more modern stuff.

  170. My Kradison dream set, assuming 5 songs + encore:
    Key word = dream

    You Don’t Know Me
    D is for Dangerous (or Robot Love)
    Still Breathing
    Trouble Is
    No One Else

    Encore: Acoustic Just Like You

  171. I like your set. I would add DWTP acoustic. I think its a serious contender for the next single, so it would be good to play it. Don’t know which one to take out though. Still Breathing?

    I was checking the videos of the guy that had the holy grail. The holy grail is not there, but I found this:
    Chair Episode
    Starting at 1:08 is Allison.
    That’s, I think, her prettiest look.

  172. I could live with DWTP in place of Still Breathing. I prefer acoustic, but I don’t think she should switch in the middle of the set, so maybe go with full band.

    Thanks for the chair episode. I have it, but the quality’s not as good. I still like the Cry Baby encore look better. I think I like wavy hair better than straight.

    Just an FYI – I’m going to be gone the rest of today. Talk to you later.

    ETA: Another video idea: Behind the scenes at the Kradison concert.

  173. Just an FYI – I’m going to be gone the rest of today. Talk to you later.

    Well, well, well. Look who has a life … :-)

  174. At this point, I’m in favor of whatever is going to get Allison the most publicity! I can’t believe she isn’t getting more attention! It’s almost as if she is being ignored for the most part. As talented as she is, THAT IS AN ABSOLUTE CRIME!!!! Like I said, whatever gets her the most publicity because the poor girl needs it!

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