Idol Haley Reinhart Greeted by Crowds (in the Rain)
American Idol: Haley Reinhart's Homecoming : People.comIt rained on Haley Reinhart's parade, but that couldn't dampen the enthusiasm for the American Idol finalist's hometown visit on Saturday.
Returning to an unseasonably cold and unrelentingly rainy Wheeling, Ill., Reinhart remained upbeat and grateful, tearing up at nearly every stop as hundreds, sometimes thousands, of sign-waving, clapping, screaming fans lined a parade route and cheered her on throughout the day.
"I feel a sense of such appreciation," Reinhart told PEOPLE, "So I feel like I've already won."
Her visit was a whirlwind of activity throughout the Chicago area, including stops at the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower; an AT&T store where she got a new phone with a message that she would be singing Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" on next week's show; the swimming pool where she used to work; and Wheeling High School.
She told students she hoped her journey to the top inspired them "to do exactly what you want to do in life," and also invited her old band director to Idol's finale ("I gotta talk to my bosses, but yes," said Brian Logan).
Her day wrapped up at Arlington Park Racetrack, where a crowd of almost 30,000 people rocked out as she sang five songs, backed by her 15-year-old sister on bass and her parents' band.
Her father, Harry Reinhart, said he's been impressed by his daughter's singing prowess and ability to withstand some rough moments. "I knew she was a toughie, but I didn't know just how tough she was," he said.
"Treat others the way you want to be treated."
The song is apparently strident and meant to be strident. The bj at the very beginning and the F words add to all of that feeling.
While that song may fit the social climate of the times - no comment - surely there are better songs for this show which does have in its audience many kids of all ages - you can see them hanging off the stages. That doesn't even count who's watching on the TV.
I think something else here is wrong or missing. I don't think Haley is an angry person. If that is what the judges are going for, I think they are missing it a bit.
Haley sings with a gutsy, passionate element. Sometimes it is blusey, and I guess it could be angry, but I don't think anger is her motivating factor in singing.
Bury me in the WalMart parking lot -
Friends and relatives will come visit me.
i don't get it. I always thought when people spoke of "the entitled one" they were referring to Lauren Alaina. Was she not proclaimed "The ONE", had a huge back story and tons of props given to her over the auditions and all the weeks since the top 13. Lauren, who has rarely been criticized, apparently is not who is being referred to. Then I read more, and find out people are referring to Haley. What?
When did Haley get special treatment? Where was her back story? Where were her video frames of promotion? When did she ever get pimped? How can anyone refer to Haley as the entitled one when she has had to scratch out her place with determination all by herself?
And why are people mad that Haley remains in the competition past others? Maybe more and more people are becoming fans of Haley after seeing and hearing her more. Apparently she got more votes and has more fans than some others who have already gone home. So why are some people swearing off the competition just because Haley has more fans than Their chosen picks? They are all mad, negative and want to ruin it for others.
So sour grapes of them.
I think Haley's momentum is simply amazing--coming from so far down on the totem pole. I think she should be celebrated.
"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."
I've always liked Haley, but as far as her popularity with the Idol-watching (and voting) public? She has dragged herself up from the basement by her fingernails, inch by inch. (I know that's makes a crazy mental image, but you now what I mean...)
Haley and James were my favorites, now I will vote entirely for Haley.
I have been a fan since she sang Blue. I hope she wins.
I love both Lauren and Scotty but not my favorites.
Now the judges song pick for Haley is in keeping with the downward trend, in my opinion. Are they really trying to undermine her? The song is vulgar...just not a family type song.
Sure you can change the words, but let me ask: If I am 10 yrs old and hear the song on AI that has been altered, but I go buy the song on the Alana CD, are my ears going to hear what I thought I was getting?
Sorry I don't buy this business of taking an R rated song and changing the words to make it appropriate...I think it is a form of giving Haley a bad deal, as welll as the audience. It didn't work for Crystal now did it?
They should have given her a more recognizable song that everyone knows and loves.
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"You oughta know" could be a good opportunity for Haley. It's a song that would be very hard to sing in her usual superficial cabaret style because of its gritty sentiment. If Haley can sing this straight, with no stage-glitz movements or vocalizations, it could be great.
"Tons of surprises, but it wouldn't be 'American Idol' without it, would it?" Cowell told MTV News. "At the end of the day, I could go out and find 12 great singers, but that's kind of boring. The fact that there's people there who shouldn't be there makes it 'American Idol.' "