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Allison Iraheta of 'American Idol'
Singer: ALLISON IRAHETA
Song: "I Can't Make You Love Me"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: This isn't a song that would seem to lend itself to Allison's standard pyrotechnics. Like everything else she does, it starts off too low and she's too mumbly, but the chorus doesn't immediately go as big as she'd normally prefer. She pushes it to places Bonnie Riatt wasn't interested in going (it really isn't that sort of song, no matter what the arrangement tries suggesting at the end) and gives what is, by her standards, a gentle and nuanced performance. It's not great, but it's different. For Allison, I'll accept different.
Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Simon Say: Paula knows Allison from her first note. She mistakenly calls it the same arrangement as the original. It's just not. Simon says it was "very good," but that they need to make her more personality come out more. Randy compares Allison to Kelly Clarkson. Kara raves that Allison took adult content and made it contemporary.