I've been waiting for Allison Iraheta to A) declare her latinidad and B) deliver another show-stealing performance, and homegirl delivered last night on both counts! The 16-year-old redhead (faux, but I love it) introduced her proud El Salvadorean parents and the Latin mega-shopping center known as La Curacao, which looks kind of like Epcot Center's version of a Mayan ruin from the front—i.e. it's tacky and awesome.
That was enough to get me hyped, but then things got even better when Iraheta showed off those vocal chops. The top 13 Idol contestants were assigned the daunting task of covering a song by none other than Michael Jackson, and of all the King of Pop's hits, Iraheta chose a totally obscure, dare-I-say-edgy track from Jackson's Dangerous album. After her dark, nuanced and by no means inauthentic performance (if you're into fakery, see my man Adam Lambert), Simon told her to lighten up, to which Iraheta candidly replied, "I'm not dark. I'm not, like, cutting myself or anything." Woops! Hey, at least we know she's keeping it real and not brainwashed by the Idol media trainers!
Oh yeah, and Jorge Nuñez sang, too. In my opinion, his performance can best be summed up as corny, corny and corny. Do you agree?
Sidenote to the Idol producers: Just because Allison and Jorge's relatives have Latin accents doesn't mean they require subtitles.
What did you think of Michael Jackson night on Idol? Do you think Allison has what it takes to go far in the competition? Let me know what you think!
WATCH: Allison Iraheta sings "Give in to Me"