ALLISON Iraheta, the 17-year-old high school student from Los Angeles, was eliminated on Wednesday night on American Idol. Her performance of Janis Joplins Cry Baby on Tuesday had received lukewarm critiques from the judges. With only four contestants remaining, the producers chose not to divulge which of the other three had scored the lowest. If you considered the judges reactions to the performances on Tuesday, Kris Allen had seemed to be the most in danger. Simon Cowell had said that Kris rendition of the Beatles Come Together was like eating ice for lunch-it will leave you with nothing to remember afterwards, and said that Danny Gokey had outsung Kris on their duet of Styxs Renegade. Meanwhile, Adam Lambert had received the usual extravagant praise for both his version of Led Zeppelins Whole Lotta Love and his performance on his duet with Allison of Foghats Slow Ride. The judges had generally agreed that Danny had chosen the wrong song in Aerosmiths Dream On, especially because he had shrieked when he should have screamed at the end. Slash, the former Guns N Roses guitarist, had said that that part of the song would be tricky. Danny said he had listened to his performance and now agreed the ending was terrible. He claimed he had heard that people were making ring tones using the scary scream.So there was some suspense when Ryan narrowed the field down to Danny and Allison, and some surprise when he said Danny was safe. Although, as often happens, the title of Allisons farewell song, the aforementioned Cry Baby, was ironic, the sad circumstances gave her rendition additional power. Finally, Chris Daughtry, who was eliminated three years ago in the final-four episode of season 5 of Idol, performed a new song, No Surprise, with his band, Daughtry. Ryan Seacrest repeatedly reminded Chris of that surprise elimination, then had Kris Allen come on bearing a framed platinum album in honour of the 5 million copies that the bands debut album, Daughtry, has sold. FN What was left unsaid was that Chris Daughtry has enjoyed far greater success than the three performers who outlasted him on that season of Idol: Katharine McPhee, Elliot Yamin and Taylor Hicks. Maybe Allison took his performance as a consolation prize. FN