Don't Waste the Pretty

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"Don't Waste the Pretty"
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Single by Allison Iraheta featuring Orianthi
from the album Just Like You
ReleasedJune 8, 2010[1]
Formatdigital download
GenrePop punk, pop rock
Songwriter(s)Michael Dennis Smith, Stefanie Ridel, Miriam Nervo, Olivia Nervo
Producer(s)Howard Benson
Allison Iraheta singles chronology
"Don't Waste the Pretty"

"Don't Waste the Pretty" is the third single by Allison Iraheta of her debut album Just Like You. It was written by Michael Dennis Smith, Stefanie Ridel, Miriam Nervo and Olivia Nervo and was produced by Howard Benson. The single version of the song, featuring Orianthi on guitar, made its online debut on and on June 2, 2010[1] and was released digitally on June 8, 2010.[2] It was released to radio stations on June 22, 2010.


Iraheta performed the original version of "Don't Waste the Pretty" on Lopez Tonight on Wednesday, May 26, 2010[3] and the acoustic version of the song on Z100 New York on June 22, 2010.[4] She performed the track with Orianthi and Adam Lambert on the Glam Nation Tour in 2010. Iraheta and Orianthi performed the song on the Thursday, July 29, 2010 results episode of So You Think You Can Dance.


Reception of the new version of "Don't Waste the Pretty" has been mainly positive. Entertainment Weekly's Michael Slezak concluded that "Don't Waste the Pretty" finds Iraheta "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.”[1]

Billboard writes that " '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 outsize talent."[5]

AOL Radio writer Matthew Wilkening writes that "Orianthi's soloing adds dramatic tension to the country-tinged, mid-tempo pop song as Iraheta advises a friend not to take verbal abuse from her partner"[6]

Rodney Ho from the Atlanta Journal Constitution calls Iraheta "a really talented singer" and hopes "that radio embraces this song, which is pretty catchy," adding that "top 40 program directors should give it a spin."[7]

Zap2it Blogger Andrea Reiher praises the new version of the song, writing "We already loved this song, but it's even better with Orianthi's sick guitar licks in the accompaniment."[8]

Music video[edit]

There is no official music video for 'Don't Waste the Pretty'. However, Jive did release a video titled The Journey to Don't Waste the Pretty. This video is backstage footage of Iraheta, her band and Orianthi. It is intercut with scenes of Iraheta performing the song on stage at different gigs (which is in sync with the track).[citation needed]


Year Title Sales
2010 "Don't Waste the Pretty" 4,000[9]

Other versions[edit]

The original version of "Don't Waste the Pretty" appears on Iraheta's debut album "Just Like You" as the fourth track and does not feature Orianthi.

Iraheta has also performed the song acoustically on Entertainment Weekly's online show "Realite",[10] Yahoo! Music,[11] Radio Disney[12] and Z100 New York.[4] She released the acoustic version of the song for download on June 8, 2010.[13]


  1. ^ a b c Slezak, Michael (2010-06-02). "Allison Iraheta's 'Don't Waste the Pretty'". Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  2. ^ Mansfield, Brian (2010-06-02). "Allison Iraheta's 'Don't Waste the Pretty' Single to Feature Orianthi". Retrieved 2010-06-14.
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  5. ^ "Billboard singles reviews: Juanes, Trace Adkins". Billboard. 2010-06-18. Archived from the original on June 23, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-18.
  6. ^ Wilkening, Matthew (2010-06-04). "Allison Iraheta, 'Don't Waste the Pretty' Feat. Orianthi". AOL Radio Blog. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  7. ^ Ho, Rodney (2010-06-02). "Allison Iraheta's 'Don't Waste the Pretty' with Orianthi; download sales down year over year for winners/runners up". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Archived from the original on 2010-06-06. Retrieved 2010-06-14.
  8. ^ Reiher, Andrew (2010-06-02). "'American Idol': Allison Iraheta and Orianthi on 'Don't Waste the Pretty'". Zap2It. Retrieved 2010-06-14.
  9. ^ "Your Random Weekend Memo". USA Today. 2010-07-16.
  10. ^ Entertainment Weekly (2 December 2009). "Allison Iraheta Performs 'Don't Waste The Pretty' - Entertainment Weekly" – via YouTube.
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  12. ^ santilli, mj (8 January 2010). "Allison Iraheta Visits Radio Disney".
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-04. Retrieved 2010-06-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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