Can American Idol survive without Simon Cowell next year?
Season 8 finalist Allison Iraheta thinks so.
"Idol has been around for so long and it has its own following," Iraheta, 17, told UsMagazine.com Saturday at the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala in Los Angeles. Cowell announced last month he's leaving the Fox hit after nine seasons to focus on bringing his British show, X Factor, to the states.
"It's not only about the judges. There are awesome contestants," she continued. "I'm not just saying that because I was a contestant! But I think it's going to do well."
The rocker, who released her first album, Just Like You, last December, says she thinks Ellen DeGeneres will be a good replacement for Paula Abdul.
"She might be funny, but she's really going to tell it like it is!" Iraheta said.
DeGeneres debuts as a judge Feb. 9 during Hollywood Week.