Season 8′s fourth place finalist, Allison Iraheta, has been signed to 19 Recordings and her recordings have been licensed to Jive Records. She now joins Kris Allen and Adam Lambert, who were also signed to 19 and RCA/Jive this week.
Simon Fuller, Creator and Executive Producer of American Idol and Founder & CEO of 19 Entertainment said, “Allison is an incredible young singer. She is without a doubt one of the best teenage singers American Idol has ever discovered. We all watched Allison grow in confidence and stature as she performed each week on the show and we can only imagine how far this special girl can continue to blossom in the years ahead.”
Barry Weiss, Chairman and CEO of RCA/Jive, added that “Allison was an absolute stand-out this season. Her bluesy, powerful voice, spunky attitude, and edgy star power immediately captivated us and it didn’t matter where she ranked on Idol, we knew we wanted her to join our amazing crop of young talent at Jive.”
Allison is just as excited. She said, “I think I’m still in shock that this is happening- getting to record my first album and this whole awesome experience is a dream come true!”
As the youngest contestant and resident rocker of Season 8, Allison was as vibrant as her red hair. She has been a fan of the show since she was 9 years old, so as soon as she was old enough, she auditioned. During the auditions, Kara DioGuardi commented, “Keep your eye on that girl!” and Paula Abdul labeled her the “dark horse” before announcing that Allison was a Top 36 semi-finalist. From her first live performance of “Alone” to her heart-wrenching version of “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” Allison won over America and the judges.
Allison’s debut album is scheduled for release this fall. In the meantime, Allison will be touring the country with her fellow Top 10 Idols.