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Allison Iraheta of 'American Idol'
Singer: ALLISON IRAHETA
Song: "Don't Speak"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: I have no problems with Allison choosing this No Doubt track, but why was this the right song for her to bring out her guitar? She doesn't play all that much, but it's just distraction from the dead, spray-painted pink poodle on her head. You'll be surprised to hear that Allison's a bit unsteady on the verses, which start off too low for her, but when she gets to start her wailing on the chorus, it becomes much more dynamic. It's the exact same performance she's given every single week now. How many other singers have been criticized this season (and in seasons past) for being repetitive? It doesn't matter if you're good, if you're good in the same way regardless of theme or song choice. Allison's become predictable and I'm a week or two away from getting really bored with her.
Michigan State, Villanova, North Carolina and Simon Say: Randy tells Allison that she has a voice. He hedges for a while on her performance before asking what's with her outfit. "The rock in you comes out of you no matter what you're wearing," Kara advises her, calling it good, but not Allison's best. Paula says Allison's vocal prowess rivals singers twice her age. Is that relevant? How about three times her age? Can she compete with the 48-year-olds? "Tonight's theme is Halloween," Simon says. Who let in tonight's audience? They're really obnoxious. Simon also adds that Allison shouted the song. That's close to what I wanted.