INTERVIEW: ‘Idol’ Haley Reinhart Talks About How She Almost Won It All

Ralphie Aversa  —  08/25/2011 — 2 Comments

Haley Reinhart covered Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and did it more than justice on “American Idol.” Then, the Chicago native almost had it all, herself.

“I’m about to get ready for the show, just to sit in the audience, and I get the producers coming up to me,” Reinhart recalled of when she was close to replacing Lauren Alaina on the finale of “Idol.” Alaina almost fell out of the final two due to a voice ailment. Reinhart said the producers told her to take a deep breath, because she could be readmitted in to the show to perform three songs and compete against Scotty McCreery for the title. “As much of an honor it was for them to consider me to take that position and all, I just didn’t want to do it.”

Reinhart just didn’t feel it was in her cards to win, and felt horrible for the Georgia teenager, who she knew had been struggling towards the end of the season.

“We had so much material to learn in such a short amount of time,” Reinhart explained. “We had our home visits, and it was just nuts. But at the same time, I wasn’t expecting someone to come up to me and say, ‘Hey, you’re going to take over in a second.’”

Thankfully for Reinhart, what was in her cards was a deal with Interscope Records. Next month, the singer turns 21 and wraps up the “Idol Live” tour before moving to Los Angeles and recording her debut album.

Ralphie Aversa

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2 responses to INTERVIEW: ‘Idol’ Haley Reinhart Talks About How She Almost Won It All

  1. Jerry Thomas 08/25/2011 at 4:33 PM

    The main problem that I see with the interview is that you are asking old,over exacerbated questions,If you would have done this interview 2 or 3 months ago you wouldn’t have exposed yourself to the retaliation of the fans,now that Haley has a record deal with Interscope everyone wants to know about her future.

  2. Chris Randall 08/25/2011 at 6:39 PM

    You mention negative comments on the youtube video. I’m not sure what that is about. I’m curious as to what was said. Maybe because you weren’t a fan until Adele? Big deal. Everyone is Reinharted eventually 🙂 Yes, I think some of the questions were highly charged (bad review response, replace co-contestant) but all valid IMO. I enjoyed the interview and I didn’t see anything biased that may sick the Haley psycho-fringe on you. Btw, most Haley fans that I know of are pretty peace loving and laid back and are the opposite of “haters”, but there are a couple who I think take it a bit far… but that’s not the norm IMO.

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