By Michael Slezak
June 10, 2009 at 04:08 AM EDT

I have just cracked open an ice-cold Labatt Blue — thanks to my brother Andy for leaving a six-pack in my fridge this weekend! — to celebrate the news exclusively broken by my most excellent colleague Tanner Stransky over on our Hollywood Insider blog: Allison Iraheta, the season 8 rocker that cold and creepy Simon Cowell never fully embraced, has been signed to a record deal by 19 Recordings, and her MAJOR LABEL DEBUT ON JIVE RECORDS WILL DROP THIS FALL. Rocker saved. Rocker signed. Rocker on her way to global chart domination. Expletive, yeah! Grab the beverage of your choice, press play, and celebrate! Ladies and gentlemen, Ms. Iraheta has a contract.

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