Allison Iraheta Signs a Record Deal
06/10/2009 AT 12:00 AM EDT
"I think I'm still in shock that this is happening," Iraheta, now 17, who is the show's youngest contestant to make the top 12, said in a statement. "Getting to record my first album and this whole awesome experience is a dream come true!"
Idol's creator and executive producer, Simon Fuller, 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 American Idol winner Kris Allen, runner-up Adam Lambert -- who both also announced record deals this week -- and the rest of the show's finalists on the Idols Live Tour, which kicks off July 5 in Portland, Ore.
Her debut album is expected in the fall.
Tell us: Will you buy Allison's album?
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