Thursday, June 30, 2011

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

American Idol's Haley Reinhart Singing "House of the Rising Sun" on Regis and Kelly

American Idol Season 10 Top 3 contestant Haley Reinhart appears on Live with Regis and Kelly for an interview. Haley then sings The Animals' "House of the Rising Sun".

Monday, June 6, 2011

Why Haley Reinhart's Original Song was Cut from the American Idol Finale

While we loved seeing Haley Reinhart “Steppin’ Out” with Tony Bennett during the American Idol finale, we were more excited for our little pony’s first original song, which her parents promised we’d hear that night. But as we were treated with Beyoncé performances, Gaga-vision, and a look back at Steven Tyler-isms, we began to wonder how Idol would fit everything in.

It turns out, two hours simply isn’t enough time for Top 13 reunion songs, judges’ hip shakings, and celeb cameos. In fact, as Haley explained to The Hollywood Reporter, it was one of the uber-famous who took over the spot that was originally given to the growly girl for her new single. “That was going to happen. And then Bono came in and it was taken away,” says Haley.

Et tu, Bono? The U2 singer, along with The Edge and Reeve Carney, brought Broadway to the Idol stage (didn’t Simon Cowell always warn against that?) when they performed “Rise Above 1” from Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. The superhero-themed musical is having myriad problems, and even J.Lo wasn’t keen on kissing the masked crusader during the finale.

Now that Haley’s original song doesn’t have the benefit of an Idol audience debut, its fate is in peril. “They had said that it was going to happen,” explains Haley, “and like everything else in this business, it’s all subject to change. I was excited about it, but then again, I think I'd like to wait and come up with something that's very me. Everything happens for a reason, so it's all good.” Way to take it in stride, Growlylocks.

American Idol finales are typically star-studded spectacles, and they always try to cram in the maximum amount of show-stopping performances, but swapping Haley’s potential hit for an established singer’s lackluster project just strikes us as bad form. What do you think? Should producers have kept or cut Haley’s original song?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Friday, June 3, 2011

Haley Reinhart Rocks “You Oughta Know” on the American Idol Top 3 Showdown

Haley Reinhart, American Idol Season 10's most versatile performer, rocks out to the Alternative Rock girl-angst anthem “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette. In just one season, Haley has sung Country, Blues, 60's Rock n Roll, Soul, R&B, and now a bit of Indy/Alternative Rock. Haley's nailed songs by everyone from Patsy Kline, to Led Zeppelin, Adele, Sarah Vaughan, Elton John, Carole King, Janis Joplin and Lady Gaga, among others.

Even though Haley can sing anything, the judges made a horrible song choice for her. Not only did Haley need to change the x-rated lyrics for the PG-13 American Idol crowd, but "You Oughta Know" is not a singer's song. The rat-a-tat verses and choppy chorus in no way showcases Haley's huge vocals...nor would it showcase any singer's. The Top 3 is the time for the contestants to 'have a moment.' No singer could have a moment with this song, with it's awkward verses. Also, when "You Oughta Know" was released, people either loved or hated. Did the judges choose this to make Haley look and sound bad? After all the religious songs by other contestants, Haley would be the one to get the blame for singing an 'evil' song, not the judges who choose it. (The judges also screwed Crystal Bowersox last year with her Top 3 song. They choose "Maybe I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney and Wings, forcing her to sing "Maybe I'm a Man" over and over, rather than change the lyrics to something even more awkward!)

But Haley loves a challenge, and she gave it her all, laying it all out in the chorus with a blast of grasp and growl ~ totally nailing it. Randy Jackson, who has been criticizing Haley for weeks, actually praised, "Those were some amazing choruses by you. I love seeing you rock out like that, in a soulful way. HALEY IS IN IT TO WIN IT!" Steven Tyler raved, "Amazing. That was so perfect. You so nailed the choruses. It was incredible. Beautiful." JLo added, "It was a really good job. The choruses, nobody can match you there, how high you can go, and how much power you can put behind your gowl. The stronger parts were the choruses."

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

American Idol's Haley Reinhart Goes Out With a Bang Belting "Bennie & The Jets" on the Final 3 Results Show

Feisty Haley Reinhart goes out with a bang ~ and gets her revenge ~ belting out Elton John's "Bennie & The Jets" as her final song on the American Idol Season 10 Final 3 Results Show. We've all been waiting for someone to have their 'moment' during the Final 3. Haley came very close with Led Zeppelin's “What is and What Should Never Be”, but that was one song out of nine ~ on a very boring, very safe show. Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina never sang a show-stopping song for the Final 3. But after Haley got eliminated, she blew them both out of the water. You could tell by the looks on their faces, they were both wondering, "How am I going to top Haley's "Bennie & The Jets" on the Finale?"

BRAVO HALEY!!! You went out with grace, and one of the best performances of the season. We are so, so proud of you!

Did you all catch Haley's subtle, yet beautifully placed, slap in the face to JeaLous JLo and Randy?? Her brilliant change of words in "Bennie & The Jets" told us exactly what Haley thought of their harsh, unjustified criticism...

"Say, Randy and JLo, have you seen them yet?
OH, BUT THEY ARE SO SPACED OUT, B-B-B-Bennie and Steven"

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Season 10's Feisty Haley Reinhart Has "A Lot of Faith" in a Post-American Idol Career of Sultry Soul and Rock

"I'm really, really lucky to have some strong women that have powerful voices that are coming back into the scene, Haley Reinhart tells MTV News.
By Gil Kaufman, MTV

Haley Reinhart had a memorably bumpy ride on the just-completed 10th season of American Idol. She fell down during her final performance night, got dinged by judge Randy Jackson on a number of occasions in an otherwise-sunshiny season of high praise for most of the top finishers and almost had to take the stage at the last minute as a finale sub when eventual runner-up Lauren Alaina suffered a vocal-cord malady on the last performance night.

So is Haley bitter about her seesaw season or worried that her third-place finish means her sultry blues sound didn't click with America?

"I'm really, really lucky to have some strong women that have powerful voices that are coming back into the scene ... that's very inspiring, because that's what I've wanted to do for a while," she told MTV News on Tuesday, May 31st, mentioning such icons as Amy Winehouse, Corinne Bailey Rae, Grammy-winning jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding, Duffy and Janelle Monáe as her inspirations.

"All these chicks have a really, really cool, unique sound, and I'm really thankful that this is coming about, because it's the right time for me right now. It's happening, and I have so much throwback that's come along with me, and it seems like it might be a stretch to get there, but especially now with this new wave coming through, with this raw, refreshing good musicality being provided, I have really good feelings and a lot of faith."

Haley Reinhart is already looking ahead to the time after this summer's American Idols LIVE! Tour, when she hopes to put out some of the funky, R&B/Soul style of music she likes to write. "I never wrote anything with the real Rock there, so I would like to touch on that," she said, promising that her debut album will be a mix of sultry Soul and Rock.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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Sultry, Sassy Haley Reinhart Plots 'Sultry, Bluesy Rock' Future After American Idol

Haley Reinhart is gone from the American Idol world ~ but won't be forgotten any time, soon. "Everybody is such a great big family...and I knew I'd miss them. But then again, I'm gonna see them again today," the ousted singer from Wheeling, Ill., told Idol's weekly conference call with reporters as she, in fact, rode to rehearsals for Idol's finale episodes next week. Being No. 3, after all, means not having to stay on ice too long before you're part of the show again, so Reinhart is, not surprisingly, "at peace with everything" as she contemplates her Idol past and where she'll head from here.

You'd been in the bottom three four times before Thursday. Did you feel it was only a matter of time before you'd be eliminated or were you starting to feel invincible?

Reinhart: I kind of go with option B a little bit more. I don't like to sell myself short, and I believe that taking that all in stride and realizing I've been in (the bottom three) so many times and I'm still around, there's something going on. I've got to step up my game even more week to week, and it pulled off.

Is it fair to say you were angry when the decision was announced?

Not at all, not angry. Of course everybody's gonna be surprised with the verdict, but all in all I accepted it very quickly and took it in, took it all with a grain of salt and said, "Hey, everything happens for a reason. This is a good thing." This happened for a reason, and it only means that I'm going to start my career as a solo artist even sooner.

What did it mean to perform with your parents this week?

My parents have basically just taught me the rules of the stage and everything since I was eight...It's always been a dream of mine to get somewhere, and just as important to me, it would be an honor to have my mom, my dad, to have them with me up there. So I got to go back home and play with their band, and having (her father) on stage and actually getting to give him a couple licks and show America what he could do, that was just so special to me.

In hindsight, would you have done anything differently on Wednesday?

I don't live in regret, really. There's of course gonna be some things, and I do nitpick. I'm a Virgo. Other than that, I don't regret anything. Each step along this way has gotten me to where I am today. Each song and the genres I got to show off in the early stages of everything, I wouldn't trade that for the world. I got to show versatility, and I'm proud to do that.

You covered a lot of territory on the show. What would you like your album to be like?

I have a lot of ideas, even from now into the future, of what I'd like to do. I would love to do an album that's like sultry, Bluesy Rock. I absolutely love Jazz, so if I can slip that in there somewhere or even in the future get more into Jazz...(But) I definitely am loving the sultry, Bluesy Rock feel.

If you could work with some of the folks you met and worked with on the show, who would it be?

Well, Steven Tyler, y'know. I love Classic Rock. Just growing up with Rock 'n' Roll in my life, if I could so something with him that would be fantastic. Otherwise there's plenty of people out there I would love to collaborate with. I adore Corinne Bailey Rae. I adore Esperanza Spalding, Janelle Monae -- those three women, I believe, are very unique and powerful in their own ways. I hope to do something just as cool.

Is there one moment you'd most want people to remember from the show?

I picked Elton John's "Bennie and the Jets" last night because I felt that was a big turning point. I had good performances leading up to that; starting with "You Really Got Me," they started seeing, "Oh, this is what you want to do." With "Bennie and the Jets," I had a whole vision of how I wanted it to pan out. It was my arrangement, how I wanted it to start off jazzy and slower, then rock out by the end of it. I planned that whole thing on the piano and it worked out very well, so I guess I would say that performance.

Did the rumors about you and Casey Abrams dating help or hurt in any way? Was it a distraction?

Y'know, not really, and we didn't really give into them at all. We never said yes or no. We laughed about it. That's probably the better thing to do. Obviously we have a really, really strong relationship - maybe not dating, but just the musicality between us and everything else has been just wonderful. We got so many questions about it. Either way, it's not going to hurt anybody. We had a lot of fun with it. We played the game. It was fun.

What qualities about Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery make them the American Idol?

As far as the viewers of the show, this is perfect for them. We have a very young audience out there, and they're both so darn cute and they've got that Country calling. This is a Country year, and I'm excited to see what happens. I definitely see young America being very captivated by these two.

So go out on a limb and predict who's going to win.

Naaaaah, you know I can't do that. It's a close one, and it's so close 'cause they're in such a close lane together as far as Country guys. So it's anybody's game, man.

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American Idol's Haley Reinhart & James Durbin together make up 13 of the Top 25 most popular iTunes singles this year.

"We’re getting down to the wire, so this is about the time when we all start to speculate on how successful our beloved contestants will be when they are done with the show. The first step to achieving success, at least for most, is fairing well in the recording studio.

The great part about Idol is we get a glimpse into what these kids’ recordings will sound like, as each week, the contestants release full-studio versions of their live performances.

So, without further ado, here are American Idol Season 10’s most popular studio recordings on iTunes:

(NOTE: Rankings are based on the number of iTunes song ratings (as well as their star ratings) and the number of file-sharers to account for total popularity)

1. “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals — Haley Reinhart (Top 5)

What an awesome song! Just like her live version, the song starts out a capella and builds from there. She also belts out a few more big notes than in the live version (since she was forced to cut some parts out), and I honestly believe those are the best parts of the studio bit. The Animals’ version is pretty epic, but Haley somehow tops it 46 years later.

2. “Bennie and the Jets” by Elton John — Haley Reinhart (Top 11 Redux)

Haley haters: you should really check out her studio recordings. She growls a lot less! Just so you know: she doesn’t have to growl, she just does it because it adds so much character to her voice. I happen to love the growl, and even though it’s almost non-existent in this version, it’s still extremely catchy. As well as Haley sang this one live, her studio version might even be better. Her vocals are perfect and everything about it sounds really modern. It’s also quicker than Elton John’s.

3. “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele — Haley Reinhart (Top 7)

It sure does bode well for Haley that she can take the #1 song in the country, put her own twist on it, and make it sound at least as good as the original. I liked that there is a lot more variety here than in Adele’s. Her phrasing is gorgeous (she seems to be the best at that), and the liberties she takes with the runs are quite impressive. If the radio has destroyed Adele’s song for you, give this one a go!

4. “The River” by Garth Brooks — Scotty McCreery (Top 13)

This is Scotty’s first studio recording, which explains why it is so high in the rankings. The first time you hear his studio voice, you can’t help but bop your head up and down with the song. Even if you don’t like country music, he has a much deeper, richer tone than any of the current pop-country stars we have today. His lower register is showcased brilliantly in this song.

5. “Uprising” by Muse — James Durbin (Top 7)

James was a bit clumsy with the notes in his live performance of this song, and those screams actually turned screechy. I enjoy a good on-key scream, but it was a bit much. In his studio version, his notes are obviously spot-on, and there is no overcooked scream at the end. Also, his lower register sounds infinitely better in the studio than it does on the stage, which really helped make this one sound superb. He left the song virtually unchanged from the Muse version, but I still like it a lot.

6. “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney and Wings — James Durbin (Top 13)

The lower parts of the song sound really nice, but when he goes into his upper register, his voice sounds strikingly thin for a studio version. This song’s ranking is a bit inflated because of James’ “shock boot”. He sang this one for his swan song, so a lot of people came back and downloaded it.

7. “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” by Carole King/The Shirelles – James Durbin (Top 6)

For the most part, James’ voice sounds excellent in the studio. He has showcased some weaknesses live, such as a thin lower register, wobbly notes, and screechiness, but you should definitely check out his recorded stuff. Since he doesn’t have to belt it out as much in-studio, his voice has a much crisper tone, and his lower register sounds really strong. There’s a lot more substance in his recording voice, which could help him land a good contract. One thing he has to do is lose the excessive screaming in his recordings, as that’s built more for live performances, not for my iPod’s ear buds.

8. “All By Myself” by Eric Carmen/Celine Dion— Pia Toscano (Top 13)

Oh. My. God. This is just unreal. Everyone knows that Pia has an amazing live voice, but she is just as good here. There’s a pureness about it that is so pleasing. Her high notes in this bit are incredible. The power notes are, of course, spectacular, but her soft highs are even more enjoyable. Great build up to the finish. I can see why it cracked the Top 10. Celine Dion has a new rival.

9. “Can I Trust You With My Heart” by Travis Tritt — Scotty McCreery (Top 12)

Meh. This one puts me to sleep. It feels like he is singing the same three notes over and over again. That’s the thing about Scotty – he has such a limited range. The first couple of times you hear him, he sounds outstanding, but that fondness wears out rather quickly. How else do you explain that after his FIRST TWO studio recordings, none of his songs appear on this list until #24? And that #24 song is “Gone” – way out of the box for Scotty. Even though he can stay in his comfort zone right now without risk of penalty, he can’t do that if he wants to be a post-Idol success. He needs to keep things fresh; hopefully he realizes that.

10. “Blue” written for Patsy Cline; by LeAnn Rimes — Haley Reinhart (Top 13)

This is going to fluster the Scotty/Lauren fans, but some may argue that Haley Reinhart owns the best Country performance on the American Idol stage this year, with this LeAnn Rimes song. The recorded version isn’t quite as strong as her live performance, but it’s still great. Some people don’t appreciate the yodel, but it’s very difficult to do. You’re moving in and out of falsetto with each note, so making smooth transitions and staying on pitch can be a nightmare. But this was done perfectly. Believe it or not, this is the first recorded song I downloaded this season, and apparently I wasn’t the only one.

11. “With a Little Help From My Friends” by The Beatles — Casey Abrams (Top 13)

12. “Your Song” by Elton John; in the movie Moulin Rouge — Casey Abrams (Top 11 Redux)

13. “I (Who Have Nothing)” by Ben E. King/Tom Jones/Shirley Bassey — Haley Reinhart (Top 4)

14. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by The Beatles — James Durbin (Top 9)

15. “I’ll Be There For You” by Bon Jovi — James Durbin (Top 12)

16. “River Deep, Mountain High” by Ike and Tina Turner — Pia Toscano (Top 9)

17. “Living For the City” by Stevie Wonder — James Durbin (Top 11)

18. “Harder to Breathe” by Maroon 5 — Casey Abrams (Top 7)

19. “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus — Lauren Alaina (Top 8

20. “Come Pick Me Up” by Ryan Adams — Paul McDonald (Top 13)

21. “Piece of My Heart” by Janis Joplin — Haley Reinhart (Top 9)

22. “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival — Casey Abrams (Top 9)

23. “You and I” by Lady Gaga — Haley Reinhart (Top 5)

24. “Gone” by Montgomery Gentry — Scotty McCreery (Top 5)

25. “Candle in the Wind” by Elton John — Lauren Alaina (Top 11 Redux)

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Monday, May 30, 2011

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Friday, May 27, 2011

American Idol's Haley Reinhart Talks About Almost Replacing Lauren Alaina in Finale

Extra caught up with American Idol Top 3 finalist Haley Reinhart on the red carpet and asked her about preparing to go onstage if finalist Lauren Alaina's vocal chord problems prevented her from singing.

"I had somebody come up to me and tell me what her condition was," explained Reinhart. "They didn't know if she could sing or not. They asked me to do it and said to pick out some tunes I already did. It was an honor that they asked me; they never did this for somebody else on the show."

Haley added, "But at the same time, I did not feel right about the whole thing."

Was she able to speak with Lauren beforehand? "No, but I saw her later. She was like, 'You were almost about to sing for me there,' and I said 'I'm glad the medicine and everything else helped you out and you got through it!'"

Haley was happy with the outcome. "I left in a good light. I had a great time going out. I still feel like the future holds something great out there for me. I felt like it was really Scotty and Lauren's time so no matter what, she should go out and do what she can do."

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

American Idol Says Goodbye to Haley Reinhart: The Curtain Call Interview

American Idol Season 10's most feisty and spirited contestant Haley Reinhart gives her final, 'Curtain Call' Interview after her elimination and thanks her Fans for getting her to the Top 3.

After an amazing run, Haley Reinhart feels great about taking on new challenges and making it so far. She shows strength and resilience, saying, "I'm feeling good right now, actually. I accepted it as it happened. You never know really what's going to go down, and I was just happy with it. I accepted it. I was like, "Alright, this is happening, let's go out good with a bang and have some fun." And that's just what Haley did! Her 'Goodbye Song', Elton John's "Bennie & The Jets", was by far a better performance than any of the nine songs performed the night before (video below).

"I've never backed down," says Haley, "I like taking on challenges. I like going outside the box." Haley proved this, and her amazing versatility, by taking on songs in more music genres than any other contestant this season. Haley sang the Blues, Country ~ LeAnn Rimes "Blue" (which was originally written for Patsy Kline), Jazz ~ Sarah Vaughan's "Moanin'" and Rock ~ Led Zeppelin's "What is and What Should Never Be", among others. She took on such diverse contemporary artists as Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston, Adele, Michael Jackson, and Alicia Keys. Haley also showed off her diversity of styles singing Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart" and Blondie's "Call Me". Haley took on many challenges, and proved she's no 'one trick pony'.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

American Idol Haley Reinhart's Parent's Band Play Benefit Concert, and Dad Surprises Audience with Amazing News about Haley

Harry & Patti Reinhart's band Midnight played for free at Wheeling High School's "Relay for Life" Benefit for the American Cancer Society. Harry and Patti, parents of American Idol Top 3 finalist Haley Reinhart, played with Haley at her Homecoming Concert. (Patti sang Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart" with Haley. She also provided back-up vocals and played tamborine, while Haley's dad Harry played guitar for Haley's whole hometown concert which also included Elton John's "Bennie & The Jets and "Sweet Home Chicago" - one of the most popular anthems for the city of Chicago, and made popular by Buddy Guy and the movie "The Blues Brothers".

Midnight played about a half dozen songs for the Benefit, including "Danny's Song" by Kenny Loggins.

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American Idol's Haley Reinhart Rumored to Have Signed Record Deal Already!!

American Idol - Haley Reinhart Rumored to Have Signed Record Deal With Interscope Records

"Whatever your American Idol loyalties, last night’s elimination of Haley Reinhart was a total heartbreaker. This season just had too many talented singers, and despite our love of our remaining finalists, we were very sad to see Haley go. But judging by a couple of Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe’s recent tweets, Haley’s going to do just fine. As in, there is already talk that Haley may be one of the very few Season 10 alums Jimmy Iovine plans to sign to Interscope Records. Here are the tweets in question:

@dizzyfeet With over 25 million votes for Haley I was expecting disappointment from passionate people. I find it upsetting it creates personal hatred!

@dizzyfeet Jimmy played me a song for Haley’s record yesterday. Let’s hope all the people that are professing love buy it and give her a great start.

We don’t know about you, but that sounds a lot like Haley’s already been signed! That would place her with Pia Toscano, and of course the Top 2 finalists, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina, who are rumored to make records with Interscope after Idol Season 10 competition. So yeah, don’t be sad for Haley..."

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