EW readers spoke, and the suits at Jive Records listened. The label is officially releasing to radio this week a new and improved version of Allison Iraheta’s “Don’t Waste the Pretty,” which not coincidentally was your overwhelming choice in a poll I posted last month asking what the label should pick as the American Idol graduate’s third single from her debut disc, Just Like You. “DWTP” scored a whopping 45.4% of the vote, followed by “Holiday” (32.5%) and “D Is for Dangerous” (22.1%).
To give the single a little more juice at radio –and a slightly harder edge than the poppy album cut — the label enlisted Orianthi, who’ll hit the road with Allison later this week as part of Adam Lambert’s Glam Nation tour, to add an amped-up guitar line to the track. The Orianthi-infused “Don’t Waste the Pretty” hits iTunes June 8, according to a rep at Allison’s label.
Personally, I’m stoked that Jive is still trying to make Allison happen despite the disappointing chart performance of her previous releases, “Friday I’ll Be Over U” and “Scars.” The overly aggressive production on the former cut ironed out all the vocal nooks and crannies that make the red-headed rocker so superior to her Auto-Tuned teen-pop counterparts, while the latter track was perhaps a bit too subtle to compete with the Ke$has and Katy Perrys of the world. “Don’t Waste the Pretty,” on the other hand, finds Allison at her gravelly, soulful best, paired with a killer hook and an empowering message that certainly can’t hurt a generation of kids who’ll be spending their summers singing along to “Can’t Be Tamed” and “Rude Boy.” Give it a listen below, then take our poll and rate the song’s chances for success. (For all my Idol news and commentary, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak.)
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