Smoky voiced temptress Haley Reinhart was voted off tonight's episode of 'American Idol.' While Reinhart seemed to improve as the season progressed, the 95 million Americans who voted this week (which is the highest tally of non-finale episode votes in the show's storied history) ultimately chose Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina to advance to the finals over her.
On tonight's 'American Idol,' Haley Reinhart sang Alanis Morissette's angsty, angry girl anthem 'You Oughta Know.' While we were wondering how the 'Idol' censors were going to handle the lyric about "going down on you in a theater," we were also surprised at how well Reinhart took ownership of such a strong song, especially one that is so instantly identifiable with the woman who originally made it famous.
On tonight's 'American Idol,' Haley Reinhart and her room-filling voice went the classic rock route, singing Led Zeppelin's 'What Is and What Should Never Be.' Beyonce, in the pre-performance mentoring session, said she loves the warmth present in Reinhart's raspy voice as well as her tone.
Tonight on 'American Idol,' contestants had to take on the tracks penned by legendary songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and Haley Reinhart chose to take on the song originally made famous by Ben E. King, 'I (Who Have Nothing).' Reinhart came full circle from her not-so-great first performance, using this week's mentor Lady Gaga's advice to her advantage.
For her "inspiration" song tonight, the smoky-voiced Haley Reinhart sang Michael Jackson's obscure 'Earth Song,' since the song's message is utterly universal. The soft ballad allowed Reinahrt to showcase the highs and lows of her voice; the contemplative verse allowed her to explode in the chorus, when her Janis Joplin-meets-Joss-Stone husky pipes took control.
On tonight's episode of 'American Idol,' the contestants chose songs from "Now and Then," meaning they would sing a contemporary hit and a classic song. After disappointing first performance with Lady Gaga's unreleased track 'You and I,' Haley Reinhart came full circle for her second round on the stage, breathing new life into the Animals' trippy 1964 hit, 'House of the Rising Sun.'
The five remaining 'American Idol' contestants were challenged to take on songs from "Now and Then" tonight, and for her "Now" songs, Jimmy Iovine suggested that Haley Reinhart perform the unreleased Lady Gaga track 'You and I' off of her upcoming album, 'Born This Way.' Reinhart received Gaga's blessing and decided to give the song a go tonight.
There's no denying that Haley Reinhart, one of two remaining females on 'American Idol' this season, has a beautiful voice; so it was fitting for the blond sweetheart to tackle Carole King's 'Beautiful' on tonight's episode. But Reinhart was beyond beautiful. She was, in fact, godlike, according to judge Steven Tyler.