Haley Reinhart Has Signed To Interscope!

arrives at Fox's "American Idol" season 10 finale results show held at Nokia Theatre LA Live on May 25, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

Looks like it’s true people!  The signs were all pointing in the same direction–Interscope was set to sign 3rd place finisher, Haley Reinhart to a record deal.

Now, an anonymous source from inside Idol divulges the  good news to Lyndsey Parker of Yahoo Music. Read more HERE.

An anonymous “Idol” insider has confirmed to Reality Rocks that the rumor is true. Haley has apparently joined her fellow Season 10 contestants Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, and Pia Toscano as the latest signed Idol!

Congratulations, Haley!  She joins winner Scotty McCreery, runner-up Lauren Alaina and 9th place finisher, Pia Toscano who have all snagged post-Idol deals with Universal Music Group.

Congratulations Haley!

 

  • girlygirl

    congrats to Haley! But the official announcement of this is going to be so anti-climatic :)

  • Montavilla

    Woo hoo!

    … wait, we aren’t being punked again, are we….?

  • tomk

    Congrats to Haley (for the 5,000th time!) :)

    Now it is all about getting her some good music to perform. Hopefully she is doing some co-writing, like Lauren seemingly has been doing.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    … wait, we aren’t being punked again, are we….?

    No. It’s a source from inside Idol.

  • randomjoe

    Yes Haley, Go Haley, Go!

    I wonder when the official announcement will be? Chicago? Nashville :)?

    “bluesy, soulful, funky–a lot of stuff incorporated” can span a lot. I wonder if they’ll let her incorporate her more lyrical stuff (Faithfully on tour http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qR0qPIOJiM )

  • MBane

    Well, I was already 99% sure she was signed to Interscope. Now I’m 99.9% sure… for whatever that’s worth.

    “I wonder when the official announcement will be? Chicago? Nashville :) ?”

    Now that that cat is effectively out of the bag (Tim didn’t quite count), I’m sure it will be quite soon.

  • http://durbnet.wordpress.com/ DurbNet

    Congrats to Haley. Hope her music is better than Pia’s or else I ain’t buying her album either.

  • EmyR

    Congrats! She deserves it, her voice is great imo. I think I’m excited to see what more Idols do from this year than any before.

  • larc

    This makes how many times that secret has been divulged? :lol:

  • jsrj98

    This makes how many times that secret has been divulged?

    Exactly. The ‘secret’ we really want to hear is what she’s done (been doing) in the studio and when we’ll get to hear here first single! We’re proud of you, HALEY!

  • LongKissGoodnight

    Well… We are moving in the right direction rumor, by rumor, by official announcement? Pretty please?…
    Anyhow, next big thing to worry about is the quality of her material. Good song is not easy to find. Fingers crossed.

  • merkureye

    I believe Haley has the most interesting vocals of any of the AI10 Interscope signees and she does have that “it” factor. . . or is it the short-shorts. . . umm . .oh well, whichever it is, you really can’t take your eyes off of the girl when she is performing. I think Iovine has big plans for Haley and I think she will succeed in the business. She is a really good interview. That will go a long way in promoting her music with the public.

  • Mtlfan

    YAY!!
    I knew she was going to get signed, that was just a matter of time

  • Nina1

    Oh Goodness, what a surprise!

    Congratulations, Haley! Make us a good record, gurrllllllll!

    Now for James, too.

  • McCreerian

    Awesome! But something I’m really starting to wonder is if the whole James thing fell through and he isn’t getting signed by UMG anymore?

  • Swind

    FINALLY!!! I’m one happy Idol camper now! I want to download her new single RIGHT now. Congrats to my girl Haley!

  • tomk

    Awesome! But something I’m really starting to wonder is if the whole James thing fell through and he isn’t getting signed by UMG anymore?

    I wonder if James is trying to put together some sort of rock band to “sell” to UMG.

    The only real rumor I believe we heard about James was the management deal (A deal that seemingly Casey Abrams has as well – so perhaps being signed to the management deal is not a 100% guarantee that a record deal is coming). I don’t think we ever heard anything about being on the verge of a deal with Interscope or UMG. We’ll find out soon enough.

  • luly

    Congrats to Haley! I hope she will have a successful career.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    The only real rumor I believe we heard about James was the management deal (A deal that seemingly Casey Abrams has as well – so perhaps being signed to the management deal is not a 100% guarantee that a record deal is coming).

    I just checked the jamesdurbinofficial.com domain and the caseyabramsofficial.com domain. James does point to UMG. Casey’s points to haecceitas, which means 19 I think. The Beckhams are also on that one.

    Pia’s goes to UMG.

    Not sure if that means anything. They could have reserved in case they decide to sign James.

    Anyhoo, congrats to Haley. Looking forward to hearing what she and Interscope comes up with!

  • askew3

    Whoo-hoo! Finally. This is the first time I’ve been really invested in what happened to a contestant post-Idol. I can’t wait to hear her album.

    Interscope should get the songwriter/producers who worked with Adele, Duffy and on Norah Jones debut album. I hope they don’t steer her to do standard pop or pop/rock like Pia and Kelly.

  • Blou38

    uh uh…n n no…but…
    Congratulations to Haley! The statement that she has the most interesting vocals depends on what genre you like best and which Idol is your favorite. For me that’s Scotty. I don’t believe any of the other Idols will have as long a career. Country music isn’t jealous of new artists. Country radio rocks!…but I do love Haley too and hope she gets to put out a record of her choice!

  • http://durbnet.wordpress.com/ DurbNet

    I wonder if James is trying to put together some sort of rock band to “sell” to UMG.

    When James was eliminated he said that he wanted Dylan Rosenberg of Archer (his best friend from Santa Cruz) as his lead guitarist. In his pre tour interview with Lyndsey Parker he confirmed that Dylan is going to be his lead guitarist. A band consists of more than a vocalist and just one guitarist. So I’m also under the impression that UMG is waiting for him to form his band and hear his demos before they make their final decision. Signing a band is more complex than signing an individual act, plus Dylan is also currently on tour. I don’t think we’ll hear news about James until after the tour.

  • desiree_chick

    Congrats Haley! Hope the album turns out great :)

  • Miss Chaos

    Wow so happy for Haley, she is great. Well it seems things have turned around, because Scotty won AI, but lookie here 1 boy signed, and “3” girls~!!!

  • aidancash1

    Good for her. If they do this right she has potential to be a star but she needs to be really involved in the material she records.

  • http://durbnet.wordpress.com/ DurbNet

    Interscope should get the songwriter/producers who worked with Adele, Duffy and on Norah Jones debut album. I hope they don’t steer her to do standard pop or pop/rock like Pia and Kelly.

    I’ve long advocated for Haley to go the Amy Winehouse/Duffy contemporary jazz route. Hope it happens and that the songs are good. Cause so far I ain’t impressed with their work with Pia.

  • weareallinnocent

    Yay! Finally. You go girl. Something bluesy funky rockish, please, with vocals front and center. :-)

  • dancingqueen

    YAY! Hoping for the Retro-soul/Blues/Jazz sound for her, also!

  • Moria Polonius

    Hope her music is better than Pia’s or else I ain’t buying her album either.

    Pia has an album?

    Other than that, cool. I’m so curious what Haley will end up sounding like on her original music. She’s got the most interesting voice of the season so I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that Interscope can do her justice.

  • McCreerian

    I’ve long advocated for Haley to go the Amy Winehouse/Duffy contemporary jazz route. Hope it happens and that the songs are good. Cause so far I ain’t impressed with their work with Pia.

    Interscope isn’t stupid as some people here seem to think. They have produced some of the biggest stars in music. I would love to be on that label and I’m sure a lot of others would be too.

  • Ringo

    I am reallyl happy for Haley. Is she the first Reinhart to be signed to a music deal (like the first kid in the family to graduate college, a milestone)? I was kind of hoping that Haley would sign with Verve because of her jazz/blues vibe. I’m tool lazy to figure it out but is signing with UMG consistent with that?

  • HotHotHot

    Great! She is the only one I’m interested this year!! Go, girl!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Finally! So cool that Haley’s been signed. Now, I just hope that she records a great album and is promoted very well.

  • MorningGlory

    So excited, I can’t wait to buy her album!

    I wonder if James Durbin will have a deal announced soon also?

  • merkureye

    I don’t mean to be repetitive between topic threads but I find Haley’s voice distinctive in the vein of Natasha Bedingfield’s (alto, edgy). I hope Interscope gives her the Natasha-stuff (R&B, Pop) and not jazz-blues. JB is too niche. Haley has the chops to be mainstream (more than Pia IMO) so she should not sell herself short with niche material.

  • http://justalittlespace.blogspot.com ClaireC

    I wonder if James will find himself in the same boat as Danny G. – offered a deal but not in the style he wanted? Danny choose to make a go of it as a country singer. I could see James turning it down if it came to that.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The only real rumor I believe we heard about James was the management deal (A deal that seemingly Casey Abrams has as well – so perhaps being signed to the management deal is not a 100% guarantee that a record deal is coming).

    Also, Alex Lambert from S9 has a management deal with 19M, and there has been no news of a recording contract, so the two can be separate.

    So I’m also under the impression that UMG is waiting for him to form his band and hear his demos before they make their final decision.

    That’s definitely a possibility, but when James talked about “shopping” a song that he wrote around, I started to doubt that he’s that close to a deal.

  • JudyOhio

    Congratulations Haley! She was my second fav (after Scotty). I sat up and paid attention while she was singing Blue on the show, loved it, but then strayed away to Scottyland, lol. Also loved Bennie and the Jets. The judges didn’t seem to care so much about her performance of Earth Song, but I thought she performed it beautifully and with so much passion and sincerity. She comes across as very comfortable with her presentation and imo has an “it” factor all her own. I wish her the best of luck and hope she pulls together a very successful career! (the back of my mind is mulling over the idea that they went ahead and signed her now rather than later because Pia is getting such a lukewarm reception in the marketplace, hmmm.)
    Anyway…….Way.to.go Haley! :)

  • Pam

    I think everyone would breathe a sigh of relief if we could just see the fine print but when mj gives us info like this, I don’t question her. I believe it’s legit anyway. I can understand peeps being skeptical though. All the rumors lately have been pointing to her being signed anyway. It’s just that Haley hasn’t been at liberty to share this info on her own.

    Congrats Haley! :) Thanks mj.

  • http://durbnet.wordpress.com/ DurbNet

    Interscope isn’t stupid as some people here seem to think. They have produced some of the biggest stars in music. I would love to be on that label and I’m sure a lot of others would be too.

    Interscope is arguably the best label for pop, r&b, hip hop & techno. But they’re definitely not the best label for country, rock, metal, jazz or blues.

    As for Interscope not being stupid. Um, they produce some of the hottest electro-pop & electro-hip hop artists today yet they take Pia into a dated 90s diva direction? LOL, have they not heard of Timberland?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    the back of my mind is mulling over the idea that they went ahead and signed her now rather than later because Pia is getting such a lukewarm reception in the marketplace, hmmm.

    Based on the timing of ongoing rumors and clues, I think that Haley has been signed for a while, at least since before the tour started and Pia debuted her single. If that’s true, then Pia’s signing has nothing to do with Haley’s signing, but I do think that the delay in the formal announcement has to do with giving Pia some space.

    ETA:

    I wonder if James will find himself in the same boat as Danny G. – offered a deal but not in the style he wanted? Danny choose to make a go of it as a country singer. I could see James turning it down if it came to that.

    From recent interviews and tweets a while back, I think that James has indicated a willingness to compromise in order to be signed (which would be a mature decision if he wants to support his family).

  • HappyDaisy

    Happy for Haley! Enjoyed her performances on Idol, great entertainer. She seemed very comfortable on stage, photogenic, and she has a nice voice. She didn’t look like a novice, she looked like a seasoned pro. Hope her album is high-quality. If so, will consider buying.

  • wjmtv

    dancingqueen says:
    07/22/2011 at 5:27 pm
    YAY! Hoping for the Retro-soul/Blues/Jazz sound for her, also!

    Same here. I hope she puts out something with some meat on it, not more of this whipped cream crap we’re being force-fed from the so-called Queens of Pop right now.

  • jammasta

    Awesome blossom. James’s turn next!

    I’m excited about this one.

  • McCreerian

    Interscope is arguably the best label for pop, r&b, hip hop & techno. But they’re definitely not the best label for country, rock, metal, jazz or blues.

    AFI, All Time Low, Angels and Airwaves, Dashboard Confessional, Blink182, Jimmy Eat World, and U2 are all “rock” bands on Interscope(that I know of).

    As for Interscope not being stupid. Um, they produce some of the hottest electro-pop & electro-hip hop artists today yet they take Pia into a dated 90s diva direction? LOL, have they not heard of Timberland?

    Isn’t Timberland under Interscope? And who says Pia is being taken into that direction? The single sounds like it would be a Jordin Sparks song. And she said her album would be R&B influenced and have a wide variety of songs. That one single isn’t going to be the whole album.

    Its just funny when people try to act like Interscope is incapable of making hits, or producing tracks(like when people were bitching about the band and recordings of this year’s idol studio tracks-i personally liked them), when its one of the biggest labels in the world.

  • http://durbnet.wordpress.com/ DurbNet

    From recent interviews and tweets a while back, I think that James has indicated a willingness to compromise in order to be signed (which would be a mature decision if he wants to support his family).

    He recently started listening to MCR latest album and had dinner with Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides (who are signed with a UMG label btw). I don’t see it as necessarily compromising his style but as trying to find a way to make it contemporary. He said all the way back in his post elim interviews (eg: Slezak) that he wants his music to be heavy but radio friendly. Basically taking modern hard rock but coupling it with classic guitar shredding & high pitched wailing.

  • Kirkee

    Happy for Haley. She was my favorite during the show and I”m curious to hear what she puts out.

  • songsungblue

    I hope James is getting signed, but I frankly doubt it. He’s got Siobhan Magnus written all over him – she, too, wanted to give metal a chance.

    I think Haley has an enormous opportunity to do well. She could really tour.

  • Q3

    Great news — and I do not think they will try to make a pop princess out of Haley.

    This is the one album from AI10 that I am most interested in hearing.

  • listen

    This is wonderful news!

    Her voice has so much style; looking forward to hear in what direction she will go….

  • rcramer

    Congrats to Haley, hope it will now stop some of the nonsense in regards to Pia.. Unbelievable the amount of negativity in this place.

  • SajiNoKami

    Good for you Haley, hope you find success.

    Congrats to Haley, hope it will now stop some of the nonsense in regards to Pia.. Unbelievable the amount of negativity in this place.

    I do not hate Pia, but I still have a strong distain for TPTB. Even if this was an announcement about James being signed, the person I am a fan of, I will still be annoyed about the fact certain people have far less stage time than others that got eliminated before them. I know people are very much, it would be crazy for TPTB not to use the tour to promote Pia.. but the tour is called: AMERICAN IDOLS LIVE. It should be about the contestants, plural, on the show.

  • halo9125

    Congrats to Haley, hope it will now stop some of the nonsense in regards to Pia.. Unbelievable the amount of negativity in this place.

    Amen to this statement. And if anybody doubts the above:

    the back of my mind is mulling over the idea that they went ahead and signed her now rather than later because Pia is getting such a lukewarm reception in the marketplace, hmmm.

    Not only does one thing have nothing to do with the other, it’s rather insulting to both artists, and in this particular case, mostly to Haley.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Congrats to Haley, hope it will now stop some of the nonsense in regards to Pia.. Unbelievable the amount of negativity in this place.

    I hope so too.

  • TwigLA

    Yay Haley! I’ve been waiting for this news. Looks like I may be buying 2 Idol alum albums before year’s end.

  • artemis

    Bluesy, soulful-whatever kind of music Haley sings, she will sing it like that. I’m so happy for this news. :)

  • MBane

    Congrats to Haley, hope it will now stop some of the nonsense in regards to Pia.. Unbelievable the amount of negativity in this place.

    The negativity didn’t seem to be coming from Haley fans (myself and the other Haley fans I know of seemed to be part of the minority trying to dissipate it), so don’t hold your breath.

  • whateverblah

    Finally! I think she’s smart enough not to do something she isn’t comfortable with. Could be why it’s taken so long.

  • halo9125

    The negativity didn’t seem to be coming from Haley fans

    This is the type of negativity I am referring to- this came from another thread, and I could probably find a hundred more posts just like it:

    We definitely know Haley’s single will be better than Pia’s. If ‘This Time’ was Haley’s single, not only would it sound way better, it would be selling way better too. Haley’s more popular and has the greater chance of success.

    Point I’m trying to make is- when Pia got signed, Haley had to be brought into it. When Haley got signed, Pia had to be brought into the discussion.

  • tinawina

    Yay for semi-official Haley news!

    She comes across as very comfortable with her presentation and imo has an “it” factor all her own.

    I don’t think anyone this season can touch Scotty in pure X-Factor… but Haley has the “sex” factor. LOL. And no I don’t mean that as an insult. Haley is Prince-like in her ability to just come across uber-sensual. Work it girl! :D

    Her voice is so distinctive recorded, and she always manages to give her songs a personal stamp. She never sounds karaoke or sing-by-numbers IMO and that’s what makes her such an interesting singer to follow. I am really looking forward to seeing what they do with her.

    I think Interscope is a great label to be if you are offbeat. Jimmy is one of the smarter music execs to me, obsession with making Nicole Schelsingerwhatever happen not withstanding. LOL. But we’ve never seen him with Idols before. So fingers crossed on that. Go Haley!

  • Montavilla

    Her voice is so distinctive recorded, and she always manages to give her songs a personal stamp. She never sounds karaoke or sing-by-numbers IMO and that’s what makes her such an interesting singer to follow. I am really looking forward to seeing what they do with her.

    ITA. That’s why most of the songs I bought this year were Haley’s. Her voice is interesting, so is her phrasing. Whenever she does a run, it doesn’t sound like she’s trying to find the note, but actually going somewhere with the melody. :)

    I’m going to be hopeful and look forward to the music she creates. I don’t care if it takes Casey James lengths of time for her to put out an album — as long as it’s her.

  • Tera2

    Congratulations to Haley. Hope there is less bitterness towards Pia now that she’s been signed too. Its not Pia’s fault she got signed sooner. The more stars that comes out of this season the better idol looks. Hope James finds someone to sign him too, if its not Interscope. This was a good season with more contestants with star quality.

  • Mitchel

    We definitely know Haley’s single will be better than Pia’s. If ‘This Time’ was Haley’s single, not only would it sound way better, it would be selling way better too. Haley’s more popular and has the greater chance of success.

    Well, that’s all TBD. She will have a very short career if she has the attitude that she’s better than everyone else. Hopefully she won’t suffer Allison Iraheta’s fate.

  • MBane

    This is the type of negativity I am referring to- this came from another thread, and I could probably find a hundred more posts just like it:

    The majority (80% or more) of anti-Pia sentiment appears, from what I can tell, to be coming from an Idol-purist mindset that takes exception to the idea that a 9th place finisher should get the degree of attention that she has so far received (or, as it’s usually phrased “the perks of winning”- which is untrue BTW, since she wasn’t guarantied anything). I don’t see Haley’s signing having much impact on this position.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    The majority (80% or more) of anti-Pia sentiment appears, from what I can tell, to be coming from an Idol-purist mindset that takes exception to the idea that a 9th place finisher should get the degree of attention that she has so far received (or, as it’s usually phrased “the perks of winning”- which is untrue BTW, since she wasn’t guarantied anything). I don’t see Haley’s signing having much impact on this position.

    That, and some people just don’t think Pia’s all that and a ball of wax. I just don’t see that changing either, but who knows? Maybe she can improve her stage presence and maybe her other songs will be better.

    I wouldn’t assume that people who criticize Pia’s song/style or TPTB’s actions in regards to her are necessarily going to change their opinions just because Haley has reportedly been signed.

    Well, that’s all TBD. She will have a very short career if she has the attitude that she’s better than everyone else. Hopefully she won’t suffer Allison Iraheta’s fate.

    I don’t get that attitude from Haley and I didn’t get it from Allison. Allison got dropped from Jive, but her career is hardly over. She’s only 19!

  • halo9125

    @MBane- agreed- I am of the mindset that only in America are these dreams possible. Hell, as far as I’m concerned, let them ALL get signed.

  • LaurelG

    Good for Haley. I look forward to hearing her album. She could hit a sweet spot with her retro, bluesy, soulful sound, especially after Adele’s incredible success. I think there’s room in the music market for an American Adele, and frankly Haley’s voice is better than Adele’s. True, Adele is an amazingly talented songwriter and has interesting phrasings . . . but Haley’s phrasings aren’t too shabby either. They were smart to sign her.

  • Dera

    Yayy!!! Finally, I was waiting for this news. I can’t wait for Haley’s and Adam Lambert’s albums! <3

  • MBane

    I am of the mindset that only in America are these dreams possible

    Let’s not forget that American Idol is, essentially, a UK invention.

  • bjames

    Best semi-news I heard all day! Take that, Randy freaking Jackson.

  • listen

    Yay Haley! I’ve been waiting for this news. Looks like I may be buying 2 Idol alum albums before year’s end.

    Yep, Haley’s and Adam’s ;-)

  • chrislongisland

    YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!!!

    Seriously, I am just so happy for Haley, who has become my favorite Idol contestant since Kelly. She’s passionate, sexy, vocally unique, and just poised to do amazing things on record.

  • tomk

    Not only does one thing have nothing to do with the other, it’s rather insulting to both artists, and in this particular case, mostly to Haley.

    Yep. But I am not sure if the Pia backlash will stop. I actually don’t see many Haley supporters going hard after Pia, or vise versa.

    Well, that’s all TBD. She will have a very short career if she has the attitude that she’s better than everyone else. Hopefully she won’t suffer Allison Iraheta’s fate.

    Where did she ever show that attitude? And seriously, if she did, what’s wrong with that? If you have the attitude that you are better than everyone else AND you strive to prove it, you’ll probably end up making one very good album.

  • tomk

    @haleyscoop says she has heard “very good things” about Haley’s record deal. Didn’t elaborate though. I guess the family has the details now :)

  • chearts77

    Congrats to Haley and her fans!!

  • JudyOhio

    “In the back of my mind is mulling over the idea that they went ahead and signed her now rather than later because Pia is getting such a lukewarm reception in the marketplace, hmmm.”

    “Not only does one thing have nothing to do with the other, it’s rather insulting to both artists, and in this particular case, mostly to Haley.”

    Well, I’m sorry if it came across as insulting to either of them, that wasn’t my intention. I was just mulling it over like I said. I’ve been posting here since season 5 and don’t believe I’ve ever been negative….ever….nor have I ever baited or put down another’s favorite. My thinking was that TPTB might have thought……ok, this one didn’t do as well as we thought, so let’s bring another one onboard now (and maybe put another single out there from another contestant too!) or something like that. Anyway, I meant no harm.

  • number8gurl

    Yay for Haley! I was hoping she would get signed. She’s so talented and so young and fresh. She was my favorite girl from the very start.

    I think that the lukewarm reception of Pia’s song is indicative of why she was voted off so early. She IS super talented but so is Celine Dion. Pia is not current and she comes off as stiff and much older than she is. I never felt like she showed her true self on Idol but I do have to say I liked her song (I listened to it when it first came out).

    Haley, on the other hand, seems very natural and kind of quirky, she’s just being herself and she’s a little rough around the edges sometimes. Plus she’s super pretty and her voice is very unique. I think she could do very well in pop music with the right songs.

    And as others have said I don’t think one has anything to do with the other and it IS insulting to both of them to assume such a thing.

  • alterego7

    That, and some people just don’t think Pia’s all that and a ball of wax. I just don’t see that changing either, but who knows? Maybe she can improve her stage presence and maybe her other songs will be better.

    I wouldn’t assume that people who criticize Pia’s song/style or TPTB’s actions in regards to her are necessarily going to change their opinions just because Haley has reportedly been signed.

    What does Pia have to do with Haley, and vice versa? This kind of my Idol is better than yours only exists in the tiny AI blogosphere. I doubt anyone in the real world cares.

    Why can’t they both do well? IMO, it’s great that 3 of the females were signed in a season that once again was dominated by the guys.

  • jpfan

    I’m pretty sure the label wants all 4 Idols it signed this season to do well. And I highly doubt Haley getting signed has anything to do with Pia. It’s not like one has to lose for the other to win anymore.

    So far I’m not overly impressed with the songs Jimmy is picking for the S10 folk. Maybe when the albums come out, they’ll have better material.

  • OldHag

    I think there’s room in the music market for an American Adele…

    ITA

    …and frankly Haley’s voice is better than Adele’s.

    Uh, no.

    I am glad she got signed. Heck, I hope they all get signed. This was a talented, diverse group of kids.

  • Willis

    Happy, happy, happy! I love ALL her itunes tracks and live performances. She’s kinda my female Adam. Every performance is different. She’s one of my favorite two idols!

  • tomk

    So far I’m not overly impressed with the songs Jimmy is picking for the S10 folk. Maybe when the albums come out, they’ll have better material.

    Did Jimmy pick the songs for Scotty and Lauren? Just curious. If not, it’s only one song..a song that may yet gain traction.

    Uh, no.

    I am glad she got signed. Heck, I hope they all get signed. This was a talented, diverse group of kids.

    I am sure some will get their chance – their road will just be a bit bumpier since they have to do more legwork. I would hope that those UMG are not interested in have been given green lights to shop around; or at least make other contacts within the industry.

  • jpfan

    Did Jimmy pick the songs for Scotty and Lauren? Just curious. If not, it’s only one song..a song that may yet gain traction.

    I’m pretty sure he had to give the final OK for all the singles. I don’t hate any of them but so far they’re not that amazing either.

    Another Adele. You mean someone setting records with her album sales. Sure, that should be easy as pie to duplicate. ;)

  • allstar

    …and frankly Haley’s voice is better than Adele’s.

    Adele’s a big girl, so she has a stronger lower register and can sing with a little more power. But overall, I definitely prefer Haley’s voice to Adele’s. Both are amazing, but I enjoy Haley’s tone more, and she has more variety.

  • alterego7

    Getting a record deal is just the first step. There have been many Idols signed through the years, but there also have been many who have been dropped by their label. Someone mentioned Allison Iraheta as an example.

    Whether it’s Haley, Scotty, Lauren or Pia, only time will tell how well they will do. And it’s never just been about who is the most talented or best singer. Promotion, management, song choice, timing, luck all play a part.

    And who knows there may be someone else from Season 10 that will emerge a star. No one would have predicted at the time of her elimination, that Jennifer Hudson would go on to win an Academy Award.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I agree with those who think that whoever chose the songs for Scotty, Lauren and Pia hasn’t done a great job so far. It’s a testament to Scotty’s charisma that he’s made ILYTB popular (as a reviewer wrote, the lyrics sound like a child’s board book). I find Pia’s song OK, but full of cliches, which is why it sounds like a “coronation” song – the recording is pretty catchy. Lauren’s song isn’t great either, but she sings it well. I guess that this just emphasizes that great songs are hard to come by. Since it appears that all three write songs, maybe those songs will be better.

  • pietromatos

    OMFG !!!! i know that is not official but i’m so happy right now !!! Haley you go girl, can’t wait to hear your music !!!!

  • allstar

    I don’t think anyone this season can touch Scotty in pure X-Factor…

    I think you mean nobody else can touch Scotty in the potential to bring great music to my uncle’s porch, as he rocks back and forth, sipping whiskey.

    Scotty? X-Factor? I can only remember a couple of his performances. Let the world of country have him, but don’t call that x-factor. Call it…having an oober-deep, albeit extremely limited, register with eyebrow movements that make 16-year-old girls weak at the knees.

  • girlygirl

    I love Haley, but Adele’s got a wonderful, unique voice…and she’s a very talented songwriter.

    Aside from both having a bluesy-soul vibe, I don’t know if they are all that similar. And of course we have no idea whether Haley has any ability to write songs, let alone hit songs.

    I hope Haley’s music will have that bluesy/soul/jazz vibe and not be too pop princessy (is that a word?)

  • Landmd

    I am happy we are one step closer to seeing the press release!! I can not wait to buy Haley’s album!

    I hope Haley’s music will have that bluesy/soul/jazz vibe and not be too pop princessy (is that a word?)

    I too am hoping for the bluesy/soul/jazzy vibe!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I hope Haley’s music will have that bluesy/soul/jazz vibe and not be too pop princessy (is that a word?)

    Me too!

  • tomk

    And of course we have no idea whether Haley has any ability to write songs, let alone hit songs.

    She supposedly does write – so if she has been setup with a good team that will help her develop those skills more, she should be in pretty good shape there. Of course, some singer-songwriters have the natural ability to write songs. Since we haven’t seen a thing she has written, we obviously have no idea :)

    I hope Haley’s music will have that bluesy/soul/jazz vibe and not be too pop princessy (is that a word?)

    She is obviously in no position to tell Jimmy Iovine what she will do and what she won’t do – but again, I think he knows she has a lot of spunk to her and I bet he heard her out on any concerns she had.

  • Fullmoon

    Congratulations to Haley and I’m so happy for her. I like both Pia and Haley and I’m rooting for the both of them.

    The majority (80% or more) of anti-Pia sentiment appears, from what I can tell, to be coming from an Idol-purist mindset that takes exception to the idea that a 9th place finisher should get the degree of attention that she has so far received (or, as it’s usually phrased “the perks of winning”- which is untrue BTW, since she wasn’t guarantied anything). I don’t see Haley’s signing having much impact on this position.

    This. From what I see Haley fans are not the ones going after Pia. I hope both fans of the girls don’t fall into the trap that is being setup for them. ;) There is room for both girls.

  • Ringo

    I think you can be a Haley fantard, and still like Pia, and still think that Pia is getting more than her due on the Idol Tour. I have yet to hear a Pia fan or anyone else come forward to explain why she is just getting her due on the tour with so many appeances and performances and deserves to have more solos than Paul, and more apearances than James and Jacob. This has nothing to do with Pia as a performer or a person. And I am not an Idol purist — I am kind of happy Jacob’s appearances are limited. I just don’t understand.

  • Willis

    I’m actually hoping for a pop record out of her. Give her more Gaga tracks as she nailed the last one. Would love to hear a fast dance/club track. Her blues and jazz influences will show in the vocals and more in live concerts. I guess I’m already picturing a Remix album, and probably alone in this ;)

  • McCreerian

    I agree with those who think that whoever chose the songs for Scotty, Lauren and Pia hasn’t done a great job so far. It’s a testament to Scotty’s charisma that he’s made ILYTB popular (as a reviewer wrote, the lyrics sound like a child’s board book). I find Pia’s song OK, but full of cliches, which is why it sounds like a “coronation” song – the recording is pretty catchy. Lauren’s song isn’t great either, but she sings it well. I guess that this just emphasizes that great songs are hard to come by. Since it appears that all three write songs, maybe those songs will be better.

    To be fair, I remember Scotty saying in an interview that he chose ILYTB. Out of summertime was the other option I believe, but he decided to go with ILYTB.

  • MBane

    She’s kinda my female Adam. Every performance is different. She’s one of my favorite two idols!

    I think of her the same way. Both incredible vocalists that are comfortable enough in their own skins to be unapologetically themselves. She’s now the second Idol since S1 that I’ll be following.

  • Truthiness

    Congrats to her. I hope she makes a good album that I enjoy. And that in addition, she does well with her sales.

  • PRMari

    Hopefully she won’t suffer Allison Iraheta’s fate.

    Did she die or something? lol Hardly the first idol or last one to be let go from a major record label and she’s 19 and still working, not exactly over the hill or with no future.

    Good luck to Haley, not my cup of tea but seems like she’ll be fine without me.

  • YeahRight

    Since no one is probably bothering with the Tim Halperin speculation post, I’ve decided to post this response in here:

    Hometown buzz in terms of announcing the signing is what I believe he is referring to. Nothing to do with record sales, where hometown buzz is meaningless.
    But do you think Chicago area reporters and what not would not be interested in doing an interview? I assume a lot of her hometown supporters will be at the meet and greet and at the concert itself. That’s the buzz.

    This so-called “hometown buzz” in terms of announcing the signing is so not true. The only channel that would probably care is Fox Chicago and that’s because they show Idol. Any of the other local channels — no way. They didn’t support Lee. They won’t support Haley. The only way for them to get some kind of support is if they become like Jennifer Hudson.

    Now, I don’t know what radio is like because I stopped listening to that years ago. But TV — the only Chicago Idol who gets coverage on all local channels is Jennifer Hudson.

    I think there’s room in the music market for an American Adele…

    That’s not going to be Haley.

  • songsungblue

    I think there’s room in the music market for an American Adele…

    That’s not going to be Haley.

    C’n I borrow your crystal ball before the next Giants game? ;)

  • YeahRight

    I’m sorry, but just because she sang Rolling in the Deep, doesn’t mean she’s going to be Adele. She doesn’t even sound like Adele. She’s not going to write the songs like Adele. She’s not going to get the Grammys or be a future Album of the Year winner like Adele. She’s nowhere near Adele. I’m sorry.

  • brady

    I’m really excited to see how Haley takes advantage of this great opportunity. I think she is one of the most unique contestants to ever compete on Idol… can’t remember anticipating an album as much as Haley’s since Kelly Clarkson in Season 1. Congratulations Haley – you deserve it!

  • Ringo

    I’m sorry, but just because she sang Rolling in the Deep, doesn’t mean she’s going to be Adele. She doesn’t even sound like Adele. She’s not going to write the songs like Adele. She’s not going to get the Grammys or be a future Album of the Year winner like Adele. She’s nowhere near Adele. I’m sorry.

    I gotta agree that Haley is not an Adele soundalike or an Adele clone in the making. I don’t think Haley presently has what I view as Adele’s tragic angst — Haley is too cute, slim and upbeat (as harsh as that sounds). Just as Haley is not the next Amy Winehouse because she doesn’t have her tragic addictions (and hopefully Haley never will have them).

    Does that mean Haley won’t succeed like Adele or Amy? Who knows. It is silly to say she absolutely will, just as it is silly to say she absolutelly won’t.

    I do know that I love Haley’s voice more than either Amy or Adele, I think Haley is a far more brilliant singer than either of them, and I think she moves better than either of them on the stage (even when Amy is sober!). That’s not to denigrate Amy or Adele, I love both and have many of their recordings. Let’s let Haley be Haley (and pray that the Interscope producers do the same).

    Deletion posthumous review of AW’s works, including: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83_vo_m-T_A&NR=1&feature=fvwp

  • tomk

    Adele. Amy Winehouse. Duffy.

    Great names, all of them.

    But why can’t Haley just be…ummm…Haley? I would love it if she just defined herself. Like Kelly did. Like many others have done.

  • tomk

    I think Interscope is a great label to be if you are offbeat. Jimmy is one of the smarter music execs to me, obsession with making Nicole Schelsingerwhatever happen not withstanding. LOL. But we’ve never seen him with Idols before. So fingers crossed on that. Go Haley!

    I think Jimmy has a bit of a chip on his shoulder. “Let me show you how to make a star out of Idol contestants!” In that way, it is a good season to get signed. If it doesn’t work, maybe he holds back a bit on Season 11 contestants. If it does work, it puts a bit of a different perspective I think on the show going forward.

  • EmyR

    I’m sorry, but just because she sang Rolling in the Deep, doesn’t mean she’s going to be Adele. She doesn’t even sound like Adele. She’s not going to write the songs like Adele. She’s not going to get the Grammys or be a future Album of the Year winner like Adele. She’s nowhere near Adele. I’m sorry.

    I love when people make extremely definitive comments like this b/c it’s amusing to read back in a year or two to see how it actually turned out. Her potential (and all the kids that come off this show) is fairly unknown right now, and personally, I hope Haley just does Haley.

  • samgamgee

    This is great news. I agree that Haley is one of the most unique contestants to ever grace Idol.

  • YeahRight

    I love when people make extremely definitive comments like this b/c it’s amusing to read back in a year or two to see how it actually turned out. Her potential (and all the kids that come off this show) is fairly unknown right now, and personally, I hope Haley just does Haley.

    Fine. Laugh or whatever, but I’m probably right. Out of all the folks who are signed or rumored to be signed, the only ones I see being semi-successful are the country twins and that’s only because they’re country. Since everybody wants this girl to be Adele, they’re going to give her a bunch of Adele rip-offs and leftovers. Which would probably make people appreciate Adele even more.

    This is great news. I agree that Haley is one of the most unique contestants to ever grace Idol.

    And this. Really? How?

  • chrislongisland

    YeahRight: Thankfully, Haley’s job isn’t to please you, which sounds like a Sisyphusyan task anyway. :)

  • EmyR

    Fine. Laugh or whatever, but I’m probably right. Out of all the folks who are signed or rumored to be signed, the only ones I see being semi-successful are the country twins and that’s only because they’re country. Since everybody wants this girl to be Adele, they’re going to give her a bunch of Adele rip-offs and leftovers. Which would probably make people appreciate Adele even more.

    All I was pointing out was the futility of making definitive comments when we don’t know how anyone will do. People have done so in the past and been wrong. There’s obviously nothing wrong with stating opinions, or even discussing possible outcomes, but it’s the future telling without any concrete evidence to back it up that seems odd.

    As to your second part, the key word in that comment, and the one it was in reply to, is I, as in I think or I agree. They are opinions and are not posing as some objective fact. To me, Haley has a unique quality to her voice and a quirky, laid-back attitude I find endearing. For those reasons, I think she’s one of the more unique contestants the show as had.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I hope that Haley manages to carve her own path in the industry and achieves both commercial and artistic success, at least at a level that will allow her to have the kind of career that she wants. At this point, I don’t know just how talented she is (writing? playing instrumets?) and whether she will be able to transition beyond her Idol fanbase, but I’m hopeful that she will end up as one of Idol’s better success stories.

    ETA:

    Out of all the folks who are signed or rumored to be signed, the only ones I see being semi-successful are the country twins and that’s only because they’re country. Since everybody wants this girl to be Adele, they’re going to give her a bunch of Adele rip-offs and leftovers. Which would probably make people appreciate Adele even more.

    That’s certainly a possibility, although personally, I would prefer to be more cautiously optimistic about Haley’s chances for success as more than an Adele copycat. Although I’ve been impressed by Haley so far, it’s hard to know at this point just how good she really is. It will be interesting to watch her career develop.

  • jpfan

    I love when people make extremely definitive comments like this b/c it’s amusing to read back in a year or two to see how it actually turned out

    .

    It is pretty funny. In the past predictions go like this: a)another legend like the Beatles b)as big as the biggest star (like Adele)
    c) doing really good for someone from American Idol and anyone who says we expected them to be a superstar is full of it!

    It’s usually best to save the career predictions for after they release their first original song. It might not be as amazing as the great songs they cover on the show. Plus sometimes we expect their music to go one way and it ends up in an entirely different direction!

  • koshka

    jpfan – on the mark.

  • Quangqw

    Can anyone tell me why some brand news about haley reinhart always has had the most comments in mjblog.Oh,that said enough.But i’m a little worried because nowadays music industry relly sucks ,but i still believe my queen Haley can do better than Beyonce,and my son will ask me if i would have some Haley’s video ,and when Haley dies,the world will memorize her like michael jacksons

  • EmyR

    It is pretty funny. In the past predictions go like this: a)another legend like the Beatles b)as big as the biggest star (like Adele)
    c) doing really good for someone from American Idol and anyone who says we expected them to be a superstar is full of it!

    It’s usually best to save the career predictions for after they release their first original song. It might not be as amazing as the great songs they cover on the show.

    Yep, those predictions are as ridiculous, if not more so, than anyone claiming there is nothing but terrible and imminent failure for these kids. While I’m a fan of optimism, it also good to be realistic. At this point, none of these kids are proven to be anything besides good television, even if the potential is there for more.

  • EmyR

    Can anyone tell me why some brand news about haley reinhart always has had the most comments in mjblog.Oh,that said enough.But i’m a little worried because nowadays music industry relly sucks ,but i still believe my queen Haley can do better than Beyonce,and my son will ask me if i would have some Haley’s video ,and when Haley dies,the world will memorize her like michael jacksons

    This comment seems suspect.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Premature predictions at either extreme end of the scale for the future for the Idol signees reveal more about the person making them than have any relevance to reality.

  • larc

    I hope Haley doesn’t turn out to be another Adele. There’s already an Adele. We don’t need another one.

  • jpfan

    Overall, the predictions for post Idol careers seem more realistic the last few years. I think people see how tough it is for even the winners.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    Congratulations Haley <3 plus, she looks GORGEOUS in that picture!

  • SajiNoKami

    It’s usually best to save the career predictions for after they release their first original song.

    1st single seems to only decide if people are willing to listen, first album decides if there could be a market… unless it is insanely good, the few I have heard seem kind of messy. 2nd album seems to be more the indication of the future career for idols.. if they get a chance to actually make one.

    Can anyone tell me why some brand news about haley reinhart always has had the most comments in mjsblog.

    I am going to guess based on the comments, Haley seems to have a lot of fans that read this blog. a couple of James Durbin articles got quite a few comments too… [169 comments on Good Riddance & the ep, still gets me, and the over 300 on the Adam and James twitter thing].

  • LaurelG

    Another Adele. You mean someone setting records with her album sales. Sure, that should be easy as pie to duplicate.

    Nope.

    Nobody said that. Nobody meant that.

    What I said was, “I think there’s room in the music market for an American Adele.” In other words, Adele has shown there is a place for her sound on the CHR dial (not to mention the HAC and AC dials as well – 3 to 6 months later). Music is all about imitation, especially on CHR. A sound becomes hot, they play it to death, and then they move on to the next new thing. I think there’s a reason so many of Ke$ha’s songs from her album flew up the charts. That’s because there was no one out there quite like her so they kept going back to her album for more tracks. Same with Katy Perry. How else do you explain the success of Fireworks? I remember the discussion on here about that song, people thought it had the lamest lyrics of all time.

    All the Pitbull collaborations, all the hip hop/female singer blends, all that is a trend that will just sound dated in a few years. So 2011. My point was that right now Adele is all over the radio dial — she crosses age boundaries. Her album is selling because she’s appealing to a broad spectrum of people. RITD was different enough and uptempo enough to appeal to the CHR listeners, but maybe that’s an abberation, like Fireflies or Need You Now. We’ll see. To me, and this is a matter of opinion, Haley sounds comfortable in that sound. She has a distinctive, smokey, emoting sound. Maybe she could ride that wave a bit.

    Of course, she needs the right song. Adele is a fantastic songwriter and Adele’s success is premised on being able to record her own material. No one ever said Haley had that kind of songwriting talent, certainly not me. Haley is completely dependent upon lucking into the right material, the right song.

    Easy as pie? Nope. But, like I said, maybe she could get lucky and ride that Adele wave a bit.

  • EmyR

    Overall, the predictions for post Idol careers seem more realistic the last few years. I think people see how tough it is for even the winners.

    Perhaps they’ve gotten more realistic over the last year, but I remember some outlandish predictions from S8 (or to reread threads and wonder what was going through people’s heads back then. Lol).

    Also, stating your opinion of what you think might happen is one thing, but some of the comments are not realistic, they are outright declarations of fact as if they know the future already. Those on either extreme is annoying.

    Premature predictions at either extreme end of the scale for the future for the Idol signees reveal more about the person making them than have any relevance to reality.

    Perfectly said.

  • chrislongisland

    Haley gets comments because she’s amazing, because she was unfairly treated by Randy Jackson on Top 4 night, because she has vocal talent combined with being unique and also gorgeous, and because she’s a real, down to earth woman regardless of how people misportrayed her this season to suit their own jealousy / favoritism towards others.

  • Montavilla

    It is pretty funny. In the past predictions go like this: a)another legend like the Beatles b)as big as the biggest star (like Adele)
    c) doing really good for someone from American Idol and anyone who says we expected them to be a superstar is full of it!

    The flip side of that is: a) will be dropped the label once that first album tanks; b) is fading into obscurity fast as latest single drops from the Top 100; c) didn’t do as well as Kelly, Carrie, Daughtry!

    All I know is that I like Haley’s sound, and I like her musical choices. That she has been signed is a great thing, because it means I’ll get to buy some music from her — maybe in January? Maybe sooner.

    It’s not that Haley is going to be a big as Adele (or whoever), it’s just that the existence of Adele means that there’s room on the radio for someone who isn’t Katy Perry or Rihanna. And I’ll bet that Haley will wiggle her way in there somehow. :)

  • Jae

    Yay! Glad for more official confirmation! I reallllly want to hear an album from her and hope its not a rush job. The right material will make her a huge break out star.

  • XDavidGoliathX

    I’m not sure what kind of record to expect from Haley, as she was this year’s chameleon on Idol, who gave us a taste of one genre after another. It’s interesting how Jimmy had her sing “Rhiannon”, while the judges had her sing “You Oughta Know,” two very different song choices. Even when Haley speaks about what kind of music she would like to record inevitably she’ll mention a hodgepodge of musical styles: jazz, blues, rock, r’n’b. Was Jimmy’s choice of Rhiannon of foreshadowing of what kind of artist Jimmy expects her to be? For me, what set Haley apart was the senuous quality of her voice, with all those rough edges and that tempestuous tonality. As Steven said, “You sing sexy.” Whatever direction she takes, I’d prefer her to be raw rather than refined.

  • Montavilla

    It’s interesting how Jimmy had her sing “Rhiannon”, while the judges had her sing “You Oughta Know,” two very different song choices.

    I think Jimmy’s choice is more indicative, or Haley’s own choice, since they had been working together. The judges’ choice wasn’t that well thought-out. TBH, I think it was a very bad choice for Haley. Rarely are the judges’ choices that good. I’m trying to think of one that was good in all ten seasons of the show… nope, can’t think of one.

  • LaurelG

    I also stand by my statement that Haley has a better voice than Adele.

    Go listen to the album track of Someone Like You on Adele’s “21.” It’s painful. She’s straining to hit notes she can’t hit. Cracking all over the place. I can’t believe they included that version on the album. Don’t bother to listen to the Letterman version or others you can find for free on the web. She has backed off certain notes in those. Listen to the album. Such a beautiful, beautiful song. I’m pretty sure Haley would have slayed it. I know she would have hit those notes better.

    Adele has admitted that smoking affects her voice. She either has quit or is trying to quit, not sure what the deal is now. But sometimes her voice sounds a lot rougher, and not in a good way. Again, I love Adele. I contributed to the Adele fund by buying her album. She’s a songwriter extraordinaire. But the song Someone Like You highlighted some of her vocal limitations.

  • jsrj98

    I think Jimmy’s choice is more indicative, or Haley’s own choice, since they had been working together. The judges’ choice wasn’t that well thought-out. TBH, I think it was a very bad choice for Haley.

    Except, that YOK sounded great in the studio version, and it WAS included in the EP and Rhiannon wasn’t. Having said that, I do believe that Jimmy’s vision for Haley and her own musical ‘values’ may overlap more than some of us fear. Interscope could use an artist able to carve out her own niche in the Adele-like genre (whatever that is).

  • tomk

    Also, stating your opinion of what you think might happen is one thing, but some of the comments are not realistic, they are outright declarations of fact as if they know the future already. Those on either extreme is annoying.

    Yep, I agree. Opinions stated as facts are annoying and, well, they are also irrelevant.

    The path Haley will take is unknown. We can’t use past Idol success or lack thereof to predict where Haley is going to end up. Every artist is different.

    Even as a pretty big fan of hers, I can’t say where she will go – the only thing I can say is that I am excited that she will get a chance. If you are a fan of someone on Idol, all you can really hope for is that they get a chance to prove themselves. And that is where Haley is at.

    In my opinion, Jimmy’s song choice told me a lot about the direction he wants her to go – at that point in the competition, he knew he was VERY interested in signing her. So he gave her a song to perhaps show her what he wants to do with her. This is not equating her to Stevie Nicks – it’s just showing a direction.

    I do think the current market can support a Haley- and we’ll find out soon enough how true that is. Hopefully they take their time with her and let her continue to grow.

  • Quangqw

    Jimmy is not that stupid to let haley out of his zone.you know what haley is a money machine,she ‘ll bring the most profit Interscope never dare to dream to reach,my queen haaley.let’s rock ,blue ,soulful,and no auto tune i hate auto tune

  • chrislongisland

    Let’s see, Haley sang the following songs, with bolded titles being my personal favorites:

    Beautiful
    Bennie and the Jets
    Blue
    Call Me
    Earth Song
    House of the Rising Sun
    I Who Have Nothing
    Moanin’ (with Casey)
    Oh, Darlin
    Piece of My Heart
    Rolling in the Deep
    What Is and What Should Never Be
    You and I

    You Oughta Know
    You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me

    Sounds diverse to me!

  • songsungblue

    I don’t know how it’s going to go, but I do know this is quite a coup for Haley. The third place finisher has not fared very well over the years, and even talents like Melinda Doolittle didn’t get high-placed contracts. Haley was tenacious, she was scrappy, and she’s getting excellent tour reviews. Whatever happens, she’s managed to do something extraordinary already. I’m happy for her.

    As to the supposed ‘hate for Pia’ – she’s so bland, it’s really hard to work up any steam about her. Which is part of the problem, IMO. But let’s face it. The press is going to pit them against each other, they always do. Be prepared!

  • upsidedawn

    Way to go, Haley!

    I think I’m more likely to cut someone some slack with overdoing the positive predictions for Haley or any favorite Idol contestant. It’s an exciting time when you hear that your favorite gal or guy is signed to a recording contract. Everything seems possible, and so you see the whole world as being open to your champion. It’s a bit like being a kid again and believing the cliche that everything is possible. Well, why not let someone experience that euphoria, fleeting though it may be, vicariously through their favorite contestant without tromping on their excitement?

    At this point in my life, I’m so much of a skeptic about how anything will turn out that I immediately temper any hint of elation I might feel about the future. Frankly, I envy people who can still give themselves over to the thrill without editing their enthusiasm as I do mine. So I say, enjoy your elation about Haley’s signing. Have fun with it. There are a lot of serious moments in life, but this doesn’t have to be one of them.

  • jpfan

    The press is going to pit them against each other, they always do. Be prepared!

    Doubtful in the extreme. The “press” could care less about any competition between them. They’ll just be two pretty girls who came out of S10. Any leftover competition will be the usual fan wars that come out of any season.

    But just in case, I’ll be prepared with the usual shaving cream pie. ;)

    The press is usually only interested when the “wrong” person wins Idol and even that doesn’t get much buzz these days. Plus I find that female Idol contestants just get more respectful treatment in the general media than the guys.

  • http://www.kellydeanhansen.com MahlerFan

    The third place finisher has not fared very well over the years, and even talents like Melinda Doolittle didn’t get high-placed contracts.

    Probably safe to say that the last two third-place finishers have reversed that trend. For all we know (and heck, it’s probably quite likely), S9’s 3rd-placer will be more successful than its winner and runner-up. Melinda’s lack of a major-label signing was a head-scratcher to be sure. But nobody can reasonably say that Elliott Yamin hasn’t “fared very well.” Ditto Kimberley Locke. So looking at third-place finishers overall, there is reason to hope. Nikki, Vonzell, and Syesha were the only ones who never put out an album, as far as I know. Vonzell and Syesha went the musical theater route.

  • jpfan

    Danny Gokey broke the curse. He was the first third place finisher signed by 19. Haley will the 2nd of course. Overall it looks like 19 will sign 4 folk from S10 which will tie S5 and S8 for signings.

  • http://www.kellydeanhansen.com MahlerFan

    Danny Gokey broke the curse. He was the first third place finisher signed by 19. Haley will the 2nd of course. Overall it looks like 19 will sign 4 folk from S10 which will tie S5 and S8 for signings.

    James is certain to be signed by a UMG label, but it’s looking increasingly likely that it may not be Interscope. So it will be 5. And is CaseyJ NOT signed by 19? I thought he was.

  • jpfan

    Oops my bad. Casey finished 3rd and was signed by Sony Nashville. So I guess Haley is the third in a row signed by the Idol label at the time. It’s just odd that Casey hasn’t put out an album yet.

  • Ringo

    I heard this — an overlap of Alanis and Haley on the ‘Tube. For some reason, I found it fascinating:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6VEEKI32UA

  • chrislongisland

    I don’t even care how Haley does in sales. Crystal’s album is almost perfect for her, and it’s my favorite since Kelly’s My December, which I loved more than Breakaway and All I Ever Wanted.

    As long as Haley puts our original music that she believes in, I’ll be so happy for her.

  • tomk

    James is certain to be signed by a UMG label, but it’s looking increasingly likely that it may not be Interscope. So it will be 5. And is CaseyJ NOT signed by 19? I thought he was.

    But now we have gone to the point where everything is quiet on the James front – after all of the “everything is quiet on the Haley front” stuff. (well, quiet to a point – seemed like whenever things got too quiet, a new rumor would spread. Perhaps Interscope is even smarter than we think!)
    I think he will be signed – but at this point, there is just absolutely no rush at all to do so.
    As I have said before, being signed is nice in that these idols know a lot about what goes behind the scenes at Interscope. Easy to blend in. But those who aren’t signed will also get their chance to get signed by somebody. Whether they will or won’t, who knows.

  • allstar

    I think Jimmy’s choice is more indicative, or Haley’s own choice, since they had been working together. The judges’ choice wasn’t that well thought-out. TBH, I think it was a very bad choice for Haley. Rarely are the judges’ choices that good. I’m trying to think of one that was good in all ten seasons of the show… nope, can’t think of one.

    When Simon chose “Over the Rainbow” for Kat McPhee, that was pretty great. so there’s one!

    I find it hilarious that after bussing Haley for song choice all season long, the judges picked a song for her that was worse than all her “bad” choices combined.

    And of course, they put the judges round last, which they never do. You gotta wonder why…they HAD to have known Haley didn’t have a low enough register for YOK.

  • http://www.kellydeanhansen.com MahlerFan

    None of that mattered. Haley could have jammed onstage with Page and Plant themselves, sung a duet with Lady Gaga on “Poker Face,” and had Adele be her backing vocalist, and Nigel would still have had the convenient finale he craved. Packaging the Top 2 together would have been much more inconvenient had Haley slipped in. Nigel just had to find a way to manipulate it “legally.” Placing the judges’ round last (unprecedented) was a good way to do that.

    I don’t think Iovine was down with all of Nigel’s scripting and other shenanigans. As I have said, if “You and I” was a setup for a fall, then Iovine was out of the loop on that development–or Nigel wrote his script late in the game before Jimmy got wind of it. He really did seem genuinely pissed off at the bussing.

  • Swind

    chrislongisland says:

    07/23/2011 at 4:44 pm

    I don’t even care how Haley does in sales. Crystal’s album is almost perfect for her, and it’s my favorite since Kelly’s My December, which I loved more than Breakaway and All I Ever Wanted.

    As long as Haley puts our original music that she believes in, I’ll be so happy for her.

    I agree and I’ll be there on day one to pick up her album or download her first single. Go Haley!

  • Incipit

    Well good for Haley. Universal is giving her the shot at the brass ring – now it’s up to all the other varied factors in play – luck and hard work being only two of them.

    One of my sisters is a casual AI fan during the season – and usually forgets about the contestants afterwards, but this year she liked Haley’s voice and wants to know what she comes out with – she’ll buy it too, if she likes it – even if she couldn’t recall Haley’s last name. Heh. It’s really an uphill battle for all of them – Good Luck to her!

  • tomk

    One of my sisters is a casual AI fan during the season – and usually forgets about the contestants afterwards, but this year she liked Haley’s voice and wants to know what she comes out with – she’ll buy it too, if she likes it – even if she couldn’t recall Haley’s last name. Heh. It’s really an uphill battle for all of them – Good Luck to her!

    In some ways, it may help them if people don’t remember them 100% from the show.

    I think the biggest challenge is going from being great at doing a cover song to selling your own material. As others have said in this blog, I think it is a bit of an advantage if you are capable of writing lyrics. It’s not easy, obviously – but it is easier to connect to a song that you had some say in writing.

    Assuming it is a full-blown record deal, we are going to be treated to 10-12 original Haley Reinhart songs at some point. Now it’s up to her & the team she is working with to sell those songs.

    I wonder if the song that Jimmy played Nigel “for her record” is something they feel passionate enough about to release. Nobody ever said if that was the song she may have performed on finale night.

  • Ringo

    As I have said before, being signed is nice in that these idols know a lot about what goes behind the scenes at Interscope. Easy to blend in. But those who aren’t signed will also get their chance to get signed by somebody. Whether they will or won’t, who knows.

    Thinkng about what good is Idol if you don’t get a record deal. I recall Haley saying that the old way of being discovered: playing smaller gigs and being signed by an A&R rep. was not really common now. I think that the benefits of Idol is a faster track to a record deal. If you can’t get a record deal after the Idol bump, the chances are, you were not going to get one until much later anyway. That is why Paul McDonald may not appreciate the show but should appreciate the opportunity.

  • tomk

    I recall Haley saying that the old way of being discovered: playing smaller gigs and being signed by an A&R rep. was not really common now.

    I think I read here or somewhere that the reps don’t even really frequent those types of shows anymore. And I can see why: They can look things up on youtube. They can watch American Idol, The Voice, the X-Factor, etc.
    Again, if musicians from yesterday had the tools to get exposure that the kids have today, they would use them just as much to their benefit.
    That of course doesn’t mean it is easy – again, Pia was rejected many times (and halo I believe said she only made it to Hollywood ONCE in those years – no matter what you may feel about Pia, her look & voice got her to Hollywood one time in five tries prior to S-10.) We all know about Haley’s S-9 rejection.
    So, yes – you needed to grind it out years ago and hope you get discovered….but even American Idol requires some luck and hope to even get to the judges – never mind get to Hollywood.
    Look where Paul is right now – I think he does appreciate it, but also is trying not to lose any “cred” he may have built up previously. He has nothing to apologize for though. He decided on this path and it will pay off for him in some way.

  • Steelers36

    All I have to say is that a Haley Reinhart record deal topic garnered 150 comments already on a summer weekend. Whatever anyone wants to conjecture on success or failure in future, one cannot deny that she sparks interest in the masses.

  • Jae

    I think he will be signed – but at this point, there is just absolutely no rush at all to do so.

    I am actually thinking that James may not be signed. At least, not anytime soon and prob not by Interscope/UMG. I think the PTB have had a chance to see him interact with the public via twitter and interviews and maybe waiting on him a bit. I am sure they are trying to gauge his fan base and return potential. After enjoying James for the most part on the show, after seeing him in concert I am not so enamored. Not saying he isn’t talented and doesn’t have potential but he needs a lot more work put into him as a singer/performer. I think he needs a bit more seasoning and I am thinking the ptb see that too. If he is signed at all in the next year my bet would be that he goes indy and with a band.

  • whitvaik

    way to go haley you’re an awesome singer with a unique style, have great stage presence and you’re beautiful on top of that!! we’ll be going to see you in detroit and can’t wait to buy your cd. hope your mom and dad are on it:)
    (we would love to have naima’s cd too and of course, can’t wait for adam’s next cd!!!)
    love to all 3 of you:)

  • SajiNoKami

    I think the PTB have had a chance to see him interact with the public via twitter and interviews and maybe waiting on him a bit. I am sure they are trying to gauge his fan base and return potential. After enjoying James for the most part on the show, after seeing him in concert I am not so enamored.

    I have actually enjoyed the interviews and twitter. TBH haven’t really watch top 13 thru top 7 episodes completely [tho i do have them], just his 24, 6, 5 [it made me so angry], 4, & finale completely, bits of the rest. Won’t see the tour until August 3rd, but from the vids on Youtube, my opinion of him hasn’t changed. For me it really will be the original music, even just a single, that will get me to stay or drop him, well maybe not drop him, because there is just something about this kid. Actually he would have to do something just utterly evil in character for me to drop him.

  • allstar

    I am actually thinking that James may not be signed

    I agree. If I were Interscope, I wouldn’t even come close to touching James Durbin. There’s simply no way he’ll be successful in the music industry.

  • JoCeeisme

    Well allstar thank god you are not Interscope, I can’t wait for James to be signed and put out a cd, he is very talented and seems to have a good fan base. You obviously don’t like James, but that does not mean he would not be successful just because he isn’t your cup of tea.

  • stargazed

    I’m so happy for Haley. I saw one of the tour performances of HOTRS … and egads, she’s fab.

  • YeahRight

    I agree. If I were Interscope, I wouldn’t even come close to touching James Durbin. There’s simply no way he’ll be successful in the music industry.

    Well, everybody keeps trying to throw things back to the 80s and he’s so 80s. But yeah, I don’t see him being successful, either. Like, is he really doing metal? Where would that be played?

    Also don’t see Haley being successful. I’m still sticking with that.

  • chrislongisland

    Haley has a puncher’s chance to be successful. And I think she will be.

  • haleywatcher

    The source also learned the titles of three of the songs Haley is recording for her album, one of which will be her first single: “Beat My <3,” a song originally written for Katy Perry; “A Retro Kind of Girl,” which was co-written by Haley herself; an unreleased Kris Allen track called “Love Too Much.” Expect singles from both Haley and James in the fall, with the growly girl’s album dropping in December.

    If there is anything to this, I am VERY unhappy knowing that their talking about Katy Perry or Kris Allen as a source of two tunes. I don’t believe anything either of these singers do is much like Stevie Nicks.

    I am awfully afraid the TPTB are going to stick our girl into doing some low rent pop, finish the record quickly and throw it out there, and be finished with it.

    I so hope Haley holds her ground for quality songs, even if it means changing labels. If she puts the same ‘ol crap that I am afraid Pia is doing, I just won’t buy, and I’ll bet you guys won’t either.

    Come on Haley, money isn’t the object, if you put out good stuff. I would fly cross-country to see your show, if supporting a great record. On the other hand, I wouldn’t ride to the local town to here you do some shitty pop record. Sorry, JMO.

  • http://www.kellydeanhansen.com MahlerFan

    Those song titles, writers, etc., are all bogus. They came from the Kris fans that punked MJ.

  • haleywatcher

    Whew! Thanks for straightening me out and allowing my BP a little break.
    Take care

  • tomk

    Those song titles, writers, etc., are all bogus. They came from the Kris fans that punked MJ.

    The “punker” sure as heck did a good job with the song titles and what not that he/she made up. They sure as heck made it look realistic!

  • songsungblue

    She’s already more successful than she was last year at this time. She has a definite style, a savvy spirit, and a lot of grit. She didn’t back down and give up on Idol. Now she has a major contract. I call that on track to be successful.

    Also don’t see Haley being successful. I’m still sticking with that.

    Well, of course. You have that crystal ball and all….:)

  • Desdemona

    “I am sure they are trying to gauge his fan base and return potential. After enjoying James for the most part on the show, after seeing him in concert I am not so enamored. Not saying he isn’t talented and doesn’t have potential but he needs a lot more work put into him as a singer/performer. I think he needs a bit more seasoning and I am thinking the ptb see that too.”

    And yet from all accounts of those who’ve attended the concerts and/or the tweets, he – and Scotty! – are the ones who are getting the biggest applause and audience response! Even reviews I’ve read have been very complimentary towards James. I hope he is signed. I want his album!

  • Desdemona

    Haleywatcher says:

    “….. Expect singles from both Haley and James in the fall, with the growly girl’s album dropping in December.”

    I just hope THIS part is true.

  • chrislongisland

    A Haley album in December? AWESOME!