Haley Reinhart Songs - American Idol Season 10

A Profile of American Idol Contestant Haley Reinhart with a Song Recap

Born: September 9, 1990
Musical Style: Rock/Blues
Audition City: Milwaukee
Backstory: Haley Reinhart originally tried out for season 9 of American Idol, but was told to work on her technique and come back. Heeding the judges' advice, she ended up placing third in season 10.
Influences: The Beatles

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"Oh! Darling" (The Beatles)

Haley Reinhart originally auditioned for season nine of American Idol and was told she wasn't quite ready but to try again, which she did in season 10. For her Milwaukee audition, her cover of the Beatles' classic "Oh! Darling" was very stylized and a bit all over the place, but she showed promise that prompted all three judges to vote her through to Hollywood. "Oh! Darling" appeared on Abbey Road, but was never released as a single in the United States. Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees recorded the song for the Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band movie in the 1970s and took the song to #15 on the pop chart. Katelyn Epperlyperformed the song during the semi-finals round of season nine on American Idol.

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"Fallin'" (Alicia Keys)

There are a few songs throughout your life that you can remember the first time you heard, and that is usually because the song was unique and struck a chord with you. Such is the case for many people who remember the first time they heard Alicia Keys' debut single "Fallin'," which was unleashed on the world in 2001. The song has been so popular with talent shows that it is banned from being used on Australian Idol, but Haley Reinhart took it on during Top 24 week and tried to make it her own with middling success.

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"Blue" (LeAnn Rimes)

The ability of different people on the same judging panel to have differing opinions about the same song is one of the factors that makes American Idol interesting and fun to watch. In the case of Haley Reinhart's Top 13 week rendition of "Blue," both Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler loved the stripped-down, traditional performance, while Randy Jackson thought it was boring. To be honest, they were all right. While Haley Reinhart did a solid job with singing "Blue," there wasn't a lot of wow factor in her performance, either. Part of the reason the song was such a hit for LeAnn Rimes in 1996 was that she was only 13 years old at the time. "Blue" was a number 10 hit on the Country chart and also climbed to number 22 on the pop chart


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"I’m Your Baby Tonight" (Whitney Houston)

Haley Reinhart was most likely looking to shake up her image after her Top 12 week performance of "Blue" fell a bit flat. Judges rightfully questioned Haley Reinhart's musical direction, as it seemed she does a different style of music every week, and Jennifer Lopez cited her awkward moves as she performed. "I'm Your Baby Tonight" was the title track and first single from Whitney Houston's third album released in 1990, and it became Whitney's eighth number one single.

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"You've Really Got a Hold of Me" (The Miracles)

Haley Reinhart's performance of "You've Really Got a Hold of Me" on Top 11 week was her first during the live shows where all three judges gave high praise for her bluesy, soulful vocal delivery. While one good performance will go a long way toward saving a contestant on American Idol, the quality of singers on season 10 was so high that Haley Reinhart would have a big struggle to define herself as a frontrunner in the singing competition. While most people associate "You've Really Got a Hold of Me" with Smokey Robinson, the song was only credited to the Miracles when it was released in 1962 and reached the Top 10 on both the pop and R&B charts.


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"Benny and the Jets" (Elton John)

The biggest raves of Elton John week on American Idol season 10 went to Haley Reinhart, who finally pulled all of the feedback and constructive criticism together and pulled out the stops for a sexy version of "Benny and the Jets." While the arrangement wasn't exactly contemporary, Haley Reinhart's solid performance went a long way toward reminding viewers why she made it into the Top 13. "Benny and the Jets" was the second number one hit for Elton John in the US, reaching its peak in 1974.


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Piece Of My Heart" (Big Brother and the Holding Company)

Haley Reinhart picked up a lot of momentum during the Top 11 redux week of American Idol season 10 when she performed "Bennie and the Jets," and the judges felt that momentum continued to build during Top 9 week thanks to her performance of "Piece of My Heart." While the song is normally credited to Janis Joplin, the proper credit for her number 12 hit goes to Big Brother and the Holding Company, who Janis Joplin sang lead for. "Piece of My Heart" was originally recorded by Erma Franklin in 1967, but country fans will recognize it as Faith Hill's second number one hit from 1994.

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"Call Me" (Blondie)

In season 10 of American Idol, the quality of vocalists was so high that even mediocre reviews from the judges could be reason for concern. Haley Reinhart encountered that dilemma during Top 8 week singing Blondie's "Call Me," which featured in the movie American Gigolo. While her performance was energetic and her vocals were alright, Haley may have had an issue with connecting to the audience. Blondie spent six weeks at number one in 1980 with "Call Me," which contributed to that song being the number one song of the entire year.

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"Rolling in the Deep" (Adele)

When judge Jennifer Lopez joined American Idol in season ten, there was some concern that she might just replace Paula Abdul as the "nice judge." While she has been a friendly presence on the panel, Jennifer Lopez has also added some welcome constructive feedback to the contestants throughout the season. Haley Reinhart received some of that feedback when Lopez hinted that Reinhart was not showing her full potential in her Top 7 week rendition of "Rolling in the Deep." Adele scored her first US number one with "Rolling in the Deep," which had peaked at number ten at the time of the broadcast. The morning after Haley Reinhart performed the song, it returned to number one on the iTunes singles chart.


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"I Feel The Earth Move" (Carole King)

The first duet of Top 6 night on American Idol season 10 went to Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams, who selected "I Feel the Earth Move." The chemistry was so strong between Casey Abrams and Haley Reinhart that judge Steven Tyler asked Casey how long he had been in love with Haley, fueling rumors and speculation about the duo's level of friendliness. While "I Feel the Earth Move" became part of Carole King's first number one single along with "It's Too Late," the song also hit the Billboard Hot 100 a second time in 1989 for pop singer Martika, marking her third top 40 hit from her debut self-titled album.


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"Beautiful" (Carole King)

If American Idol gave extra points for most improved contestants, Haley Reinhart would never again appear in the bottom three. Her Top 6 performance of Carole King's "Beautiful" showed that her sound is powerful AND commercially viable. "Beautiful" was an album cut from Carole King's 1971 masterpiece Tapestry, and has been covered by artists like Richard Marx and Barbra Streisand.


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"You and I" (Lady Gaga)

Haley Reinhart received the most confusing and frustrating feedback of American Idol season 10 from all three judges for selecting an unreleased song to sing on Top 5 week. In fact, the unreleased song was an advance track from Lady Gaga's highly-anticipated third CD, but both Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson only critiqued her song choice instead of mentioning how strong her vocals were or what a great job she did with a more contemporary song. "You and I" is a Robert John "Mutt" Lange-produced track from Lady Gaga's third CD Born This Way, which was scheduled to be released three weeks after Haley Reinhart sang the song on May 24, 2011.

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"House of the Rising Sun" (The Animals)

The highlight of Top 5 week of American Idol season 10, and possibly of the entire season, was the powerful performance of "House of the Rising Sun" by Haley Reinhart. From the first notes of the song where Haley sang a capella to the powerful close with the full band, Haley went from contender to front-runner within two minutes, further confusing those trying to pick a winner for season 10. "House of the Rising Sun" started off as a folk song dating back to the 18th Century, but found modern-day success when the Animals recorded a rock version of the song and took it to number one on the pop charts in the US and the UK in 1964.

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"Earth Song" (Michael Jackson)

It is impossible to watch a show like American Idol and remain 100% impartial, and that is the way that reality TV producers attempt to build loyalty that keeps viewers coming back every week. Haley Reinhart's loyalty was put to the test on Top 4 week, as fans were buzzing over judges Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson's critique of her cover of "Earth Song." While Randy Jackson said that Haley Reinhart screamed the end of the song and Jennifer Lopez only talked about song choice, Haley's fans heard an impressive rendition. "Earth Song" was only a minor success for Michael Jackson in the United States, but it was a massive hit elsewhere, racking up number one rankings in 14 countries at the end of 1995.

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"I (Who Have Nothing)" (Ben E. King)

What happens when you combine an American Idol underdog, Lady Gaga, and a classic Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller classic? If it's season 10's Top 4 week, you have Haley Reinhart giving a passionate and animated version of "I (Who Have Nothing)." Lady Gaga's suggestion that Haley Reinhart give the song a psycho edge injected drama and caused the judges and audience to give her a standing ovation. Originally recorded by Ben E. King in 1963, "I (Who Have Nothing)" has been recorded by musical heavyweights including Tom Jones, Neil Diamond, Shirley Bassey and Luther Vandross with Martha Wash. American Idol fans will recognize the song as the highlight of Jordin Sparks's run to winning season six.

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"What Is and What Should Never Be" (Led Zeppelin)

Haley Reinhart had yet another great moment in American Idol season 10 singing Led Zeppelin as her first song of Top 3 week. Even though Haley Reinhart fell down during the performance, she got back up and had the audience under her spell. Haley Reinhart's spill led judge Steven Tyler to say "it's not about how many times you fall, it's about how many times you get up," a quote which summed up Haley's run to the Top 3. "What Is and What Should Never Be" appeared on Led Zeppelin's second album, appropriately titled II. Even though "What Is and What Should Never Be" was not released as a single at the time, it has gone on to become one of Led Zeppelin's most revered songs.

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"Rhiannon" (Fleetwood Mac)

Jimmy Iovine went three-for-three with his song choices for the Top 3 contestants of American Idol season 10. His selection of "Rhiannon" for Haley Reinhart was inspired, and Haley came through with a subdued, refined moment. When "Rhiannon" was released by Fleetwood Mac as a single in 1976 from their self-titled album, it was a big success, reaching number 11 on the Pop chart. However, that success came with a price, as many listeners associated the song and its writer Stevie Nicks with witchcraft.

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"You Oughta Know" (Alanis Morissette)

Wrapping up the show and the judges choice songs was Haley Reinhart, who turned in a decidedly mixed version of Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know." All three judges cited the choruses as a highlight, but Haley Reinhart's delivery on the verses was a bit flat. Surprisingly, "You Oughta Know" never reached the Billboard Hot 100 in its initial 1995 release because Maverick/Warner Brothers Records never released a single for the song, rendering the song ineligible to chart but catapulting the album Jagged Little Pill to multiplatinum status. It was not until the next year when "You Oughta Know" was included as the flip side of "You Learn" that the song finally appeared on the Hot 100, reaching number six.

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Other Songs

"Breathless" - Corinne Bailey Rae (1st Hollywood Week Solo)

"Carry On Wayward Son" - Kansas (Hollywood Groups)

"God Bless the Child" - Billie Holiday (Final Hollywood Week Solo)

"The Long and Winding Road – Beatles Week

"Baby It's You" - The Shirelles (Top 40)