Can Adam Lambert help make Allison Iraheta a star?
For me, last American Idol season was all about Allison Iraheta. She had me from “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” a tough Motown classic that would trip up a seasoned vet at the mike, which she handled during Top 10 week with all the seasoned soulfulness of a diva three times her age (16 going on 17 at the time).
I wasn’t alone in predicting (hoping?) that the eventual fourth-placer would go on to pull a Daughtry by scoring as well commercially — if not better — than the season’s champ (in Daughtry’s case, Taylor Hicks; in Iraheta’s, Kris Allen). Sadly, it was not to be. At least not yet.
Iraheta’s debut album, Just Like You, was released in December to near-unanimously glowing reviews, yet it only managed to limp onto Billboard’s Top 200 album chart at No. 35, and has so far been certified for sales of around 100,000. Although it’s a respectable showing by general new-artist standards, it’s not exactly the makings of America’s next superstar.
But now it might be Adam Lambert to Iraheta’s rescue. Today, he announced the dates of his Glam Nation headlining tour, and apparently, he has an eye for raw talent because he’s bringing Iraheta along for the ride.
I am such a fan of Allison’s music, and I am so excited for her to perform it live in front of an audience,” Lambert said of Iraheta. “She is pure rock and roll.”
Well, not pure rock & roll. There’s some soul in there, too. A lot of it. But if Lambert can help bring Just Like You and Iraheta to the attention of the masses (it probably suffered, in part, to underexposure, coming out during the superstar-release-heavy holiday season), he can call her whatever he wants to.