LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Song choice, hair, outfits — eliminated “American Idol” contestant Allison Iraheta said on Thursday she wouldn’t change a thing about her performances on the TV talent show and was glad she had stayed true to herself.
Iraheta, 17, who was the only woman among the final four contestants as the show heads toward its climax, said she was proud of the decision to sing the Janis Joplin song “Cry Baby” in this week’s rock-themed show.
“I really do not regret doing that song...It’s about me just feeling it and enjoying what I was doing, and having fun,” she told journalists in a conference call.
“Idol” judges told the red-haired teen she should have chosen another song. They have also been lukewarm about her rock-inspired outfits during the competition despite unanimous praise for her vocal talents.
“I liked the fact that they said I was very different. I stayed true to myself,” she said. “There was a lot of risks I took in terms of dress etc...Being in the bottom three a few times did not make me change anything. But I feel like I did pretty good and I am pretty proud of myself.”
Iraheta won’t be heading back to regular school. The Los Angeles singer has been home-schooled for years and had a tutor provided by “Idol” producers during the TV show. “I’m almost done with school pretty much,” she said.
Iraheta’s elimination leaves Kris Allen, Danny Gokey and Adam Lambert in the running for the “American Idol” 2009 title, which will be decided in the two-part finale on May 19 and 20.
Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte