As American Idol Competition inches to the finale, one notable absentee will be missed.
Haley Reinhart thought she as much as had every thing looking promising for herself for that coveted crown; she made the last-three round, and then her luck petered out. She didn't make it.
Amazingly she felt right at home when she performed on stage, as if she belonged there, and she vowed, win or lose, that's where she wanted to be. She wanted to be a star, whatever it takes.
There was one snag. The other two finalists were after exactly the same thing and they were good.
Although she's doing every thing she possibly could to stay in the competition, which was getting tighter and tighter as they're heading to the finale, Haley hoped her broad and captivating smiles would see her through to the finale. They didn’t. And every time Jennifer Lopez or Randy Jackson, or both, took her to task over poor song choices (not her vocals, thank God), her heart sank. She was concerned about the danger of too many criticisms from the judges. While at the tail end of the competition, it was the nation-wide voting which determined who continued to have a shot at the title, she could not dismiss the judges' comments (criticisms) as having no effect on her overall chance. They did, unfortunately. She had landed herself in the bottom three more than once and she could not rule out it was not due to the two judges' remarks.
Even Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson suddenly realized they might have gone too far in their criticisms and, to their credit, tried to minimize, if not undo, the damage to poor Haley, but it was too late.
The nation-wide voters, while they thought the world of Haley Reinhart’s singing prowess, still had two equally good singers to choose from and that’s all they needed. They didn’t relish cutting short Haley’s amazing journey towards the American Idol’s (season 10) crown, but they’d a job to do, and was looking forward to finishing it, with or without Haley. There were only two places in the finale. Somebody out of the three would have to go home and, based on the judges’ (Lopez and Jackson) frequent, unfavorable remarks, the nation-wide voters' task was made somewhat easier - they decided it should be Haley.
Poor Haley, she gave her all but still fell short. Like James Durbin who assigned blames for his defeat, on the ubiquitous, over-board praises of his every performance by Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson, which might have put off some people, Haley was booted out apparently because of the opposite reason.
To Haley, I want to offer this advice: "Keep doing what you do best. You have proven you're as good as the other two finalists. You made to the last three, remember? That's no mean feat. You deserved to win, but, unfortunately, so did Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina. You’re a star; your gorgeous looks, the best smile ever, and good stage presence will get you far in the music industry. Don't give up.
As far as I am concerned, your American Idol contest participation was just a start…start, I hope, to great things to come – such as lucrative contracts and slew of albums to your name, and who knows... may be the #1 spot on the chart!"