Blake Lewis: 'J.Lo and Randy Were Unnecessarily Harsh With Haley Reinhart'

by Blake Lewis, posted May 12th 2011 1:00PM
The night started out nice. People usually arrive at my place around 8:30–9PM and we get the party started. This time my DVR box really didn't want us to watch 'Idol.' I was pissed! It kept glitching out every two seconds during some of the performances. Oh well! We set the computer on a stool and plugged it into my stereo system as a quick fix.

We only got to watch the performances and a couple of the Gaga critiques. Kind of interesting not hearing the judges;usually that's a contestant's dream when on stage, and I have to admit, it was nice not hearing them. On that note ...

The night's performances were pretty good. I thought Haley and James were the best out of the four. James started the night off strong with Journey, but I thought the performance was just all right. Pyro in the first song? The production is crazy on this show!

His second performance was better, but the guitar solo was my favorite part. I'm not sure I like the Guns n' Roses 'Sweet Child of Mine' vocal reference at the end; I thought he could have done something a little better than that. All that said, I still think it should be him and Haley in the finale.

I never thought I would say that I liked anyone covering Michael Jackson on 'American Idol,' but Haley singing 'Earth Song' was amazing. I don't know what J.Lo and Randy were thinking, and maybe it was a setup for her to sing 'I Who Have Nothing,' but they were unnecessarily harsh. Haley is crazy good.

The reason I still love her even now is that she surprises me every time she sings. Her song choices have been sold every week. Gaga gave her a great critique by telling Haley to bring the melodrama and express it in her performance of 'I Who Have Nothing.' I was speechless! I have no other word to express the string arrangement and the drummer slaying it than PERFECT. Just like last week, I watched Haley's performance over and over.

I'm getting a new cable box! End of story.



Follow Blake Lewis's adventures in music on Twitter and his official YouTube channel. His latest album, 'Heartbreak on Vinyl,' is available on Tommy Boy Entertainment. And check out Blake on vocals in DJ Dan's latest single, 'Operator.'

'American Idol' airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8PM ET on FOX. For more on last night's show, check out our 'American Idol' recap and the latest edition of 'Something Pitchy'

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man she's amazing!
she so interesting and unpredictable.
she MUST win, HALEY FTW!

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

The comments Randy made came off as nonsense and of course J-Lo interrupted and rambled. It looked staged. Like the producer forced him to say something. What he said was too little too late and the buffoon judges looked worse than they ever did.

May 13 2011 at 12:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Melese Zenawi


Haley is in it to win it!

May 13 2011 at 9:43 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Thank you! Haley is the only person on this show who has shown real growth, who has gotten better instead of bringing more of the same, and has made me even remotely interested in AI this year. I was really surprised Lauren didn't didn't get the boot last night. Haley takes my breath away every time she sings. Even if it not her best, she takes risks and there's always something she does with that voice that blows me away.

May 13 2011 at 9:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Shame on you for that comment. She sounds the same on everything she sings.....the wrong person went home tonight.

May 12 2011 at 11:37 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I will never watch American Idol Again

May 12 2011 at 9:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I agree and you know she is going home tonight but it should be Lauren going home!

May 12 2011 at 8:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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