Allison Iraheta gets outstanding reviews in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Pioneer Press.
The Star Tribune said she "absolutely stole the evening. Sounding like the love child of Janis Joplin and Steven Tyler, the flame-haired California girl showed a big voice, big presence and big emotion. To be sure, she can wail, but she was all about range, power and control. She made believers of concertgoers young and old with a pugnacious performance of Pink's 'So What.' She commanded the barren, too-large stage with a riveting, goose-bump inducing reading of Joplin's 'Cry Baby,' and then tore it up on Heart's 'Barracuda.' What a rock-star turn!"
The Pioneer Press said Allison's "fevered run through Pink's 'So What,' the blues/rock standard 'Cry Baby' and Heart's 'Barracuda' suggested she could well become the most famous fourth-place "Idol" since Chris Daughtry." The paper also had high praise for Anoop Desai and Matt Giraud, saying "the lower-ranked contestants turned in some of the most fun moments of the night. Desai turned in a suave, sophisticated take on Ne-Yo's 'Mad.' Giraud's 'Hard to Handle' threatened to stop the show."