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Allison Iraheta: American Idol's season 8 rocker on Daughtry, controversial lyrics, and message-board brutality ('I've read some cruel stuff')

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Don’t expect any aggressively sunny, media-trained sound bites when you’re talking to Allison Iraheta, third runner-up on season 8 of American Idol. The red-headed rocker dropped by Manhattan’s Hudson Terrace on Tuesday — the same day she released her debut disc, Just Like You — to discuss abusive relationships, key influences (hello, Guns N’ Roses!), A-list collaborators (Daughtry, Dilana, Pink), “Tweeting about poop,” the world’s general misconception about teenagers not having real-life experience, and much more. Perhaps even more exciting, Allison gave us an in-depth look at the writing and recording process behind songs like “Scars,” “Holiday,” “Don’t Waste the Pretty,” “Trouble Is,” “No One Else,” and bonus track “Don’t Wanna Be Wrong.” Press play below for a Rocker-rific eight-part interview session, and when you’re done, stick around for Allison’s exclusive acoustic performance of “Don’t Waste the Pretty.” Even if you saw that set earlier today on EW.com, it’s definitely worth a repeat listen. Oh, and when you’re done, please do follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak!

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