When I first heard Haley Reinhart sing, I was on the fence. Then when she sneaked into the Top 12 on this year’s “American Idol“, I was annoyed she claimed a spot over a couple of my other favorite girls. I wanted her gone immediately, especially during the first few weeks. I wasn’t alone. She was perennially found in the bottom three.
But then something happened, Haley started to find her groove. She started to pick the right songs and have more confidence on stage. All of a sudden, the girl who I wanted desperately eliminated was now my favorite contestant- not just from this season but from the past two. My how things had changed. So you can imagine my delight this morning when I read the utterly talented Haley finally scored a record deal.
To be perfectly honest, I’m surprised it took this long for 19 Entertainment and Interscope Records to sign her. You’d think it would be a no-brainer considering Reinhart’s popularity and singers with her similar style are extremely popular right now. Reinhart becomes the fourth contestant from this year’s Idol to be signed by 19 Entertainment. Winner Scotty McCreery, runner-up Lauren Alaina and ninth-place finisher Pia Toscano are all with the American Idol management company.
Haley’s signature raspy growling voice should do well on radio. With Adele still dominating the charts and people re-discovering Amy Winehouse’s music after her untimely death, Haley would fit really well in that niche. Let’s hope she picks amazing songs and finds talented producers to work with.