Allison Iraheta featuring Orianthi, "Don't Waste the Pretty"

83 Billboard Rating

With her "American Idol"-rebel personal and brazen, Pink-influenced vocals, Allison Iraheta has shown the makings of a star since placing fourth in the show's 2009 season. The 18-year-old's first two singles were too deliberate and too dark, respectively, to reach a broad audience, but "Don't Waste the Pretty" corrects all that. The breezy midtempo track boasts a country lilt and an anthemic girl-power chorus worthy of mass appeal. The album version of the song underplayed its rock side, but this version kicks up the energy with grinding riffs courtesy of singer-guitarist Orianthi. "Don't Waste the Pretty" deserves to become for Iraheta what "Whataya Want From me" was for Adam Lambert--a breakthrough record for an "Idol" alum with outsized talen. --Monica Herrera

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