Even though she finished at the 4th position of American Idol, Allison Iraheta has signed a record deal with 19 Recordings and Jive Records!

“I think I’m still in shock that this is happening,” Iraheta, now 17-years-old, who is the youngest contestant to make the top 12, said: “Getting to record my first album and this whole awesome experience is a dream come true!”
Simon Fuller - creator and executive producer-, 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, the CEO of RCA/Jive label group also commented on Iraheta, who is the daughter of Salvadoran immigrants and lives in Downey, Calif. “Her bluesy, powerful voice, spunky attitude, and edgy star power immediately captivated us and it didn’t matter where she ranked on Idol,” he said in the statement, “we knew we wanted her to join our amazing crop of young talent at Jive.”

Iraheta will join the other American Idol winner Kris Allen and Adam Lambert who both announced record deals this week.

Her album is expected in the fall.

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