Haley Reinhart kind on harsh "American Idol" judges

LOS ANGELES Fri May 20, 2011 5:12pm EDT

1 of 4. Eliminated contestant Haley Reinhart looks on as Scotty McCreery hugs Lauren Alaina as the two advance to the final of 'American Idol', May 19, 2011.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Haley Reinhart said on Friday she was at peace with missing out on a spot in next week's "American Idol" finale and predicted that teens Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina would captivate the show's younger fans.

Reinhart, 22, was finally voted off the singing contest after landing in the bottom three on four occasions, and receiving some of the harshest comments from the new, more friendly judging panel.

"I believe their intention was simply to push me along further and get me to the top of my game and get me a little fired up inside," Reinhart told reporters of the criticism.

"I got to top 3, so that's quite all right...I don't live in regret. I do nit pick -- I'm a Virgo. But I don't regret anything because each step along this way has gotten me to where I am. And I got to show versatility and I am proud to do that," she said.

Reinhart has been singing since the age of eight, starting out with her parent's rock covers band, and had auditioned unsuccessfully for a place on "American Idol" in 2009.

But she was sanguine about not making it to next week's two-part grand finale and a shot at winning a guaranteed record contract with Universal Music.

"I accepted (my elimination) very quickly, and I thought everything happens for a reason and this is a good thing. It means I am going to start my career as a solo artist even sooner," she said. "I would love to do an album that is sultry, bluesy, rock.

Reinhart's exit leaves McCreery, 17, and Alaina, 16, in the first all-country finale in "American Idol"s 10 year history. The May 24 showdown bodes well for future album sales for the eventual winner given 2005 champion and country singer Carrie Underwood's status as the show's top-earning contestant.

"As far as the viewers go, this is perfect for them. We have a lot of young audience out there and Scotty and Lauren are both so darn cute," Reinhart said

"This is a country year. I definitely can see young America being very captivated by these two.", she added.

"American Idol" is the most-watched TV show in the Unites States with almost 25 million viewers and has reversed a ratings slide this year, thanks mostly to the arrival of new judges Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler.

(Editing by Christine Kearney)

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Comments (3)
wizerstar wrote:
if haley would of sang patsy clein she would of won the votes

May 19, 2011 11:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
asiwassaying wrote:
What difference does it make if Scotty and Lauren ae Christians or not? Are you saying that Haley is not Christian and that’s why she didn’t make it to the top two? Anyway, the most talented performer this season was Casey Abrams, and he is Jewish. The point is, viewers should support talent and base their votes on quality, not on other criteria that has nothing to do with a performer’s ability to entertain. The sad thing is, this season was nothing but one big advertisement for companies like Ford, Coca Cola, and other minimally talented lip synchers like J-Lo.

May 19, 2011 11:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
blacknblue2 wrote:
All three finalists are great. I’ve been playing music for 45 years and I found Haley to have more different voice coloring than Scotty. Her version of Zep’s song was very, very good. Weeks ago Zep had called American Idol and told them Haley could sing one of their songs. Zep had never given the ok for American Idol to do any of their songs.

Scotty has a great country voice and will do well and the same for Lauren. Would I pay for a ticket to see Scotty? Don’t think so and the same with Lauren. Haley has greater stage presence than either Scotty or Lauren and could immediately put on a show. Scotty and Lauren can learn but that isn’t want AI is about, it is about picking who can go out today and do it.

At least my final three pick of a long time ago was correct and I can still crow :) to my spouse about my correct picks.

I would bet the demographics of voters show a bias toward people in their teen years. I’m wondering if those people ever heard the Zeppelin song?

Could not stand the guest singer last night. Artists in today’s world, with their auto-tune electronics all sound the same. Close your eyes and she could have been one of a thousand singers. Glad I wasn’t in the audience with a little girl that asks what their lyric means, “stick what where?”

May 20, 2011 7:48am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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