Haley Reinhart - Haley Reinhart Angry At American Idol Judges

Haley Reinhart, the 20-year-old American Idol semi-finalist, says she is "mad" at the show's judges for criticising her performance on last night's show, reports E! Online. Haley Reinhart's bluesy cover of Michael Jackson's 'Earth Song' was met with hostile comments from Jennifer Lopez and co, while the other contestants were lauded for their efforts.
In a rare show of negativity from this year's judges, Reinhart was criticised for her song choice and delivery. Lopez remarked, "James comes out and he sets the bar. You gotta think about that when you choose the songs", while Jackson echoed the comments, saying, "The song needed you to deliver it. This was Michael Jackson's pinnacle". Reinhart attempted to defend herself, saying, "I just felt it", but Steven Tyler replied, "It wasn't a hit song". The singer was reportedly "even angrier" when the cameras stopped rolling, "stalking off the stage and barely acknowledging the audience". Speaking after the show, Reinhart said, "Yeah I'm mad. Everybody else gets good feedback, and they really let me have it. They don't feel bad for me. Never have, never will. I got a little upset because that song is downright inspiring and emotional. No matter what, that hit me to the heart". During the advertisement break, host Ryan Seacrest and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe ran over to Jackson to speak with him, but the judge laughed, "threw up his hands" and said, "What am I supposed to do?".
After the harsh criticism, Haley Reinhart looks likely to leave the competition on tonight's results show. Lauren Alaina, Scotty Mccreery and James Durbin all delivered strong performances last night and were praised by the judges.


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I don't watch AI as most have no talent, including the judges. I watched Haley's video, MJ would have been so disappointed, he was such a perfectionist and this was far from perfect. Haley totally distroyed his song! Her voice is NOT suited for a song of this stature, she may have done better doing a Mariah Carry or Jennifer Hudson song. I don't like Randy Jackson (the judge) but, I do have to agree with him on this, Haley tore this beautiful song that meant so much to MJ apart.
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The judges on American Idol clearly don't like Haley nor do they want to see her make it to the final three. Very sad. It's ok for James Durbin to sing off key and pitchy. It's ok for Scotty McCreery to bore us to death with an Alan Jackson song, then run around like a loon on stage making faces and holding the mike sideways. It's ok for 16 year old Lauren Alaina to sing about being an evil woman. She is too young to be taken seriously singing that song. Yet, they were all praised for jobs well done. Come on judges, get real and stop your bias. Haley is the most talented singer with the greatest range and capacity for true stardom, while James, Scotty and Lauren are one-trick ponies.
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Though Haley is a favorite of mine and I was THRILLED to hear her do a Michael song, I have to admit it wasn't her best performance. That being said, I thought the judges were unnecessarily hard on her. Scotty does the same thing every nite. James and Lauren are good but not to the exclusion of the rest but the judges are gaga over Scotty and James. It is VERY difficult for an amateur to do a Michael song. There are so many words, key changes, rhythm changes and powerful orchestration - you have to be Michael and NOBODY sings like Michael. What really pis*ed me off was lame Steve Tyler saying Earth Song "wasn't a hit". What planet has he been living on!!!
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