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Haley Reinhart Stands Up for Herself Against Randy Jackson's Criticism on 'Idol' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 11th 2011 11:49PM
Haley Reinhart, 'American Idol'With the theme around songs that inspire the Top 4, Haley Reinhart chose to sing Michael Jackson's 'Earth Song' for her first 'American Idol' (Wed., 8PM ET on FOX) performance this week. It's not one of his more well-known songs stateside, but it meant something to her and she poured her emotion into the song.

Jennifer Lopez criticized her choice of song, saying it was a bad move this late in the game. Randy Jackson took the criticism a little further, saying the song was out of her range and she needed to put more into it vocally than she did.



But Reinhart wasn't going to take that quietly. When Jackson said, "It felt like to me you were screaming, you were at the top of your range," Reinhart shot back, "That's not the top of my range. I just felt it."

'American Idol' airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8PM ET on FOX.

When he said she didn't "go there," she retored, "To where?"

Jackson then said she needed to bring something extra to it, maybe incorporating runs toward the end rather than hitting the same note over and over again, as Michael Jackson did in the original.

"Oh, I didn't know I should even have changed that," Reinhart said. "I thought it was beautiful the way it was."

Steven Tyler, of course, jumped to her rescue. He told her to take from the criticism of Lopez and Jackson that they were simply both wrong.

What did you think of Reinhart standing up for herself? She came out strong with her second song on the night, but was it enough to make Top Three next week?

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Since so many of you care what the judges think, here is what Steven Tyler had to say to Ryan Seacrest on Eonline the night Haley performed Earth Song...

"Randy's not a singer...She nailed it. She used her voice just the way she was supposed to...she delivered it like the blue plate special, it was just so good...it showed she had emotion, and it showed she could sing...(Randy and J-Lo trying to throw her under the bus) pissed me off...the best singers have character...If you watch Reinhart up there, every bad comment she gets, it rolls right off, that's how good she is..."

Haley was later signed to Interscope by Jimmy Iovine, and instead of rushing out an album by recording on tour like Scotty and Lauren did, the label allowed her to wait until the tour was over. There have been some very enthusiastic tweets from the producers and songwriters working with her.

If you've been paying attention, you may have seen a preview of "Baby It's Cold Outside" performed by her and Casey that will be released soon.

That preview spurred Grammy-Award winner Irvin Mayfield Jr -- who has a Jazz Club in New Orleans -- to extend an invitation to Haley the other day to perform with him at Carnegie Hall next October. He was already familiar with her because Haley jammed with him onstage at his club back in September.

Past Idols like Adam and Melinda and Jackie Tohn have all marveled at what Haley can effortlessly do with her voice. Some of you describe the changes in her voice as "pitchy" but those changes are intentional. You're not used to them because few others can do them. She is nearly always pitch perfect.

Jackie Tohn: "That girl is a ridiculous singer. I can't even put my brain...like, when you're a singer, you have to, like, go there in your head, like 'Can I go there, can I... oh I kind of know I can't do that.' She doesn't even have that. Like, she just goes anywhere she tries."

In other words, those of you who think this girl can't sing, are wrong.

November 11 2011 at 5:55 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Shelly

Obviously, we are watching two different haley's perform because haley reinhart can sing her heart out. She is extrememly talented and she was not being critisized by those judges, she was being bullied. I respect her immensly for sticking up for herself, though I understand most people have very small brains and will take that one minute and a half camera time and judge her character on it completely. The judge's are getting paid millions for this, they could at least offer some substantial help not "that was not good dawg" or "mad awful dawg". I have to say I have very little respect for the judges this year, they are pretty much completly useless. With that in mind, haley had amazing standout performances and lauren and scottys were always very mediocre. These contestants were guiding themselves throughout the competition with little help from the judges. For that, I believe Lauren and Scotty could be amazing performers but are young and needed guidance. Haley, is at a much higher level right now. And to everyone who says she can't sing- you make it on top 3 of american idol and then i will be able to take your opinion seriously.

May 30 2011 at 10:55 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Sonya

Love Haley. She is a TRUe PERFORMER. she will go places no doubt. Probably song writers out there right now, calling her! She will have some Gold records no doubt! Love Scotty too! Lauren is sweet and all. to young. She has her entire life ahead of her. She is not even legal to sign a piece pf paper!? Bad choice if she wins! I want to hear Haly and Scottie Sing, "I Told you So". the one that Randy Travis and Carrie Underwood sang. they would knock that song out of the park!!!!!!! gooooooooooooooooooo Haley!!!

May 20 2011 at 4:30 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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ftbrjb

Sonya, Haley a true performer? When elephants fly. Did you know that the Idol judges last year sent her home early for the same reason AMERICA'S Voters sent her home this year? Her screaming/ screeching,and her loss of tone on her songs. Add to that her Dis-respecdt and back-talk to the judges, poor attitude, cockey, and so into herself, iswhy America sent her home again. As an AMERICAN IDOL America wants someone that our youth can look up to and admire, and haley sure wasn't it, not with that attitude. A poor attitude and disrespect loses every time, no matter who you are.

May 20 2011 at 6:51 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ftbrjb

TURN OUT THE LITES - THE PARTYS OVER - FOR HALEY
CONGRATS TO SCOTTY AND LAUREN.

May 19 2011 at 11:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ashley

Haley's gone!!!!!!!!!!!!! Take that Haley fans and crazy James and shove it up your a**!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 19 2011 at 9:01 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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hrichman9

thank you, she was so terrible , no talent at all. just looks, she should have been gone on the first show, she was so hard to listen to hollering and over doing every thing , im so glad she,s gone. thank you voters, justice has been done.

May 21 2011 at 5:26 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Bill

also think this thing has been rigged for Hailey for some time. I mean COME ON! There is NO WAY people voted for her over James! Also what is up with her getting to close the show 3 OF THE LAST 4 WEEKS?! And she was ALL kinds of pitchy last night. Her 1st Zeppelin song was AWEFUL! And that mess got a standing O from the 2 male judges?? People don't vote for that kind of junk, or her other unknown songs she has sung each week. She is conceited and argues with the judges. And who is she going to be as a singer? (as the judges told most everyone else each week). She has sung weird Jazz tunes, pop rock, Country, and now that James is gone: hard rock. Maybe she's been doing "extra" performances for Jimmy Ivine and the men judges and crew?? She sure acts all flirty with him and Steven Tyler. Something's fishy about this whole process this year.. GIVE IS SIMON BACK! He would have chewed Hailey up and spit her out a long time ago.

May 19 2011 at 8:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Ian

I hope she leaves this week, she is only good half of the time, and I can't stand her grunting

May 19 2011 at 12:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
beaglelvr689

I don't like Haley at all she's a concieted bitch and thinks she's so great.
she got what she deserved.

May 18 2011 at 11:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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md

She's a confident young woman.

You clearly are not.

November 11 2011 at 6:07 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Hello Lori

HALEY WE ARE WITH YOU. YOU SING YOUR HEART OUT EVERYTIME..I'M GLAD YOU STOOD UP TO EGO MANIAC RANDY AND JACKASS JENNIFER LOPEZ, WHO BY THE WAY, CAN'T SING FOR NOTHING..GOOD FOR YOU, TO STAND YOUR GROUND, AND DON'T TAKE IT LYING DOWN FROM IDIOT RANDY AND JACKASS JLO...THE AUDIENCE SPOKE AND WERE BEHIND YOU, NOT THEM, AND SO WAS STEVEN TYLER, WHO KNOWS MORE ABOUT MUSIC THAN RANDY AND JLO...YOU ARE THE WINNER IN MY BOOK HALEY..GO GET EM GIRL..LAUREN SHOULD GO HOME. I CAN'T UNDESTAND WHY SHE IS STILL THERE..MAYBE BECAUSE SHE CRYES TO THE JUDGES AND IN FRONT OF THE CAMERAS ALL THE TIME? WHAT A CRY BABY LAUREN IS ..YOU SHOULD BE EMBARRASS OF YOUR STUPID BEHAVIOUR LAUREN THE CRY BABY..

May 18 2011 at 7:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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ftbrjb

Hello lori - What rock did you crawl out from under? Stay in or go back to school which ever, until your old enough or educated enough to form an intellegent opinion. Also, learn how to spell.

May 21 2011 at 8:15 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
stefanita

HALEY'S GOING TO WINNNNNNNNN .

May 18 2011 at 5:37 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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