5 Reasons Why We Love Allison Iraheta

Candy sat down with American Idol Season 8 finalist Allison Iraheta and got to know what's beneath all that fiery red hair.
by Macy Alcaraz   |  May 6, 2010
photos by Macy Alcaraz and Mimi Tiu
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  1. She's Little Miss Independent. For her 18th birthday, she celebrated with her family and got her face shoved into her cake! "I bought myself an apartment so I'm moving out and getting a car," she shares when asked what she did for her birthday. Is it the most expensive gift she's gotten herself? "It's the gift that I've ever given myself!"

  2. She listens to all types of music. "I admire Joan Jett, Heart, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles. So many, the list can go on!" But despite her tough girl vibe, she admits to having Abba on her music player and indulges us with a few lines from "Chiquitita." She also admits, "hey, I still love *Nsync!"

  3. She's healthy! She ran the LA marathon twice but hasn't been able to exercise as much now that she's on tour. "On stage, I tend to get tired. So I'm like, I'm going to start working out." Every chance she gets, she squeezes some exercise into her schedule and tries to watch what she eats.

  4. She loves Manila! Her manager is actually Filipino and they went around with her family. "You guys have huge malls, by the way. They're enormous, we were getting lost. They took us to a restaurant where I have declared that my favorite food from here is the adobo. Pork adobo." Asked where she'd want to have a show anywhere in the world, Allison said she can't wait to headline a show here in Manila. She had a mall show last Tuesday at Robinsons Manila.

  5. She's proud of being a part of American Idol. She acknowledges that the show will always be associated with her as a singer. "If it weren't for Idol, I wouldn't be here." She also shares how she became part of the Glam Nation Tour with fellow AI alum Adam Lambert. "It just worked out. At first we weren't sure if it was going to happen. And then at the last minute, it's happening! Well, let's do it then!"

We're giving away 4 sets of Allison's album Just Like You and signed photos. Leave a comment and tell us which is your favorite song from her album. We'll pick a winner next Friday, May 14, 2010, so leave your comment before then! (Fill out the email field so we know how to contact you!)

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Just Like You is available in all major record bars released under Sony Music.

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