Spoilers - Haley Reinhart - American Idol 10 Top 40

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Happy Idol Day!

To celebrate, check out another rumored  American Idol 10 Top 40 contestant, courtesy of Gangreen29 and JoesPlaceBlog.

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Haley Reinhart- Haley has a cool, brassy tone to her voice. One thing I really like about her is that she can sing in a restrained style, but also bust it out like in her idol audition. She seems really likeable, but if she picks the wrong song to show off her voice, she could be an early casualty.

Video after the JUMP…

Like A Star Cover

Killing Me Softly cover (skip to 1:16 for solo)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lha9FgkzeKk&feature=related

Somebody to Love/White Rabbit cover

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9UbeqAr6ug&feature=related

Idol promo

 
  • uhohnogo

    I checked out the Top 40 spoilers. Almost everyone (that there is an age for) is a teenager. BOOOOO.

  • Incipit

    Good vocals – 99% on key, good phrasing, and a little bit quirky voice, which can be interesting. The first song – I didn’t know it and it didn’t keep my interest, she veered a little into nasal singing territory a few times.. I stopped in the middle.

    The three standards – well done – able to harmonize without losing her line, (Except one, that all three of them lost) on the KMS, sing with instruments in either ear on STL – and very much on key there – and not a one level singer – she built to a big ending from a soft start in plateaus with “Go Ask Alice”, handling the minor note switches well. Nice choices on the dynamics.

    The audition clip, OTOH – seemed a tad OTT – but who knows how much we were not shown. It did show that her voice was pretty flexible and has a good range – and there’s enough here to make me curious what else she can do – and if the audition choices were kind to her. Not bad at all, IMO.

  • Mtlfan

    omg what a pretty tone and good singing styling. Hope she has made the top 20. Want to see more of her

  • BootStar

    She’s terrific. (And she gets bonus points for even knowing who Grace Slick is! :-) )

  • Miss Blue

    Oh my. Please stop with the Grace Slick, as it does you no favors. I”m pretty much forcing myself to listen to this whole video and I’m ready to cry. Ugh. Awful. Holy mother of god, the ending. Painful.

    That being said, I can see potential. She just cannot do Grace – doesn’t have the soul, grit, range, or much of anything else to equal the original.

    And by the way, kids that clean-cut automatically disqualify themselves from covering Grace/Jefferson Airplane. The musicianship was good, so cover Starship – they were rock-light.

    (Do these kids even know what a hookah is? Or the mushrooms referred to in the song? blech)

  • tierbee

    I think I like this one. I hope I don’t put the hoodoo on her by liking her like I’ve put on any and all sports teams this year? Hee.

  • tierbee

    Do these kids even know what a hookah is?

    I would bet they do, smoking hookah is pretty common these days. We even had a show at a hookah bar when I was managing my brother, haha.

  • koshka

    I’d like to see more of her too. Incipit – I rather liked the first song.. I didn’t find myself listening to the lyrics, but her phrasing and connecting. For that I liked it. It seems she can do both semi-power singing and soft, intimate singing, which is I like. I’m all for a good power singer, but if every song they sing is like shouting then I get turned off. The ability to do both & knowing when to do so is essential.

    I didn’t like her audition either.

  • Miss Blue

    I would bet they do, smoking hookah is pretty common these days. We even had a show at a hookah bar when I was managing my brother, haha.

    Well, that’s wonderful?, I guess, lol.

    I STRONGLY encourage all of you to go to youtube and listen to the original versions of WR and STL. I think the oontrast will amaze you, and not in a good way for Haley.

  • tierbee

    I STRONGLY encourage all of you to go to youtube and listen to the original versions of WR and STL. I think the oontrast will amaze you, and not in a good way for Haley.

    Heh, I’m a huge Jefferson Airplane (not Starship) fan – but Grace Slick is Grace Slick, I wouldn’t expect anyone else to be like her. And yes, I thought they sounded like kids playing grownup rock singers covering her songs (which they are, right? they look young). But I still like Haley’s voice and want to hear more of her — and give her props for at least knowing that truly great old music :)

  • Incipit

    Miss Blue, I know the originals, I owned the originals, and I doubt those kids were trying to do a stylistic copy. At least, I hope not….not very interesting, if so. Just listen to the originals, then – KWIM? I was listening to the voice, and trying to assess and comment on what I thought of her ability to sing.

    We'll agree to disagree on who gets to cover what songs? I'm more about 'how' they sing, not 'what' they sing in these preliminaries. Never know who will get through – Pass that line, and I'll look at 'how' she sings on the show.

    JMO. Of Course

  • tierbee

    I was listening to the voice, and trying to assess and comment on what I thought of her ability to sing.

    Yeah, that’s where I am with it – I am trying to see how much I like her voice and of course imagine how she might do on the show. There’s only one Grace Slick :) (I don’t picture Haley as a rocker girl anyway)

  • Valentin432

    Not convinced either way about her. I could see a monumental meltdown when she has to sing live or something really cool.
    For whatever reason she reminds me of Camile Velasco.

  • Incipit

    I didn’t find myself listening to the lyrics, but her phrasing and connecting

    Koshka, that’s where I started from – but there are a few things that will throw me right out of a song – and any hint of nasality is high on the list. She did it more than once, and tossed me out. I agree, she does show an understanding of the use of dynamics – but I got that from “Go Ask Alice”, which, incidentally, is a main reason I hold no brief with kids covering classics, it’s how they learn.

    If you think there is something else to notice in the first song – I’ll go back – and persevere this time.
    *snerk*@Myself.

  • koshka

    Incipit… I have little knowledge with regards to singing.. I just go by gut reaction. Plus my bar is low when it comes to YT due to quality and circumstance under which the taping was done. A good example is James from yesterday. He was for the most part hamming it up. Only one of the 3 performances seemed serious to me. I think he has the talent & I want to see more, just like this gal. At this point I pretty much don’t want to see a repeat contestants from any season (mostly high placing contestants), which is really hard to do. Confidence, humor, ability and uniqueness are elements that get bonus points from me.

  • Incipit

    Plus my bar is low when it comes to YT due to quality and circumstance under which the taping was done.

    Absolutely. The mics they use will often clip the last syllable from the last word, the sound levels, well there is no sound board to speak of – so there’s gotta be something happening with the voice and approach to catch attention,

    Sometimes, there is. We’ll see where it takes them. ;)

  • TwigLA

    She has an interesting sound to her voice. I feel a sort of disconnect with the lyrics, though. It will be interesting to see what she brings.

    Very pretty girl, for certain.

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    she’s sooooooo pretty