Haley Reinhart Speaks on Elimination, Harsh Critiques

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Haley Reinhart was eliminated from American Idol last night.

To many, though, it was shocking that this singer even made it as far as the final three. Even she admitted, in a post-episode interview with journalists, that she struggled early on.

"I think I took a lot of risks in the beginning early on, when usually you do the opposite. Maybe America didn't know how to take me. I started getting into my own little niche, the rock bluesy sultry feel, throughout and I think America finally started to catch on and they kept me around!"

Haley Reinhart Says Farewell

The judges continued to be harsh on Haley, however. But it sounds like she understands why.

"I believe their intentions for it throughout this whole process was simply to push me along further. It was apparent they wanted to get me at the top of my game and get me a little fired up inside so that I come out with something they really didn't expect... Most of the time that was fire. I would get angry, I would get aggravated and I would get it out on stage.

How did it feel when Ryan Seacrest said her name? Says Reinhart:

"You literally have seconds to think about it, so I took a second to think about it and then I said, 'Alright, alright' and I just kept saying it. And guess what, I have to sing a song in about five seconds. I wanted to have a good time with it and show America why they kept me there so long, give 'em a good show. I got offstage and I was at peace with everything, but I had the moment where I realized how much I was going to miss everybody.

"Everybody is such a great big family, that's one of the most wonderful parts of this whole experience. To create bonds with everybody. I knew I'd miss them... All in all, I accepted it very quickly and took it all with a grain of salt and said, 'Hey, everything happens for a reason and this is a good thing.' This happened for a reason and it means I'm going to start my career as a solo artist even sooner."

We wish her the very best of luck with it.

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I love haley reinhart

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Don't forget to buy my first hit song, called "Growl, Grrr, Grrr, Choke, Gag, I'm In Love With Myself, Wish I Could Sing." --Howling Haley

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I was devastated when I heard Haley's being pronounced to be sent home. I watched her grow tjruout the show and she has the voice that could launch a career. Although AI is a popularity contest, I just hope and really pray some producers would believe in her. She is awesome and I am sorry to the fans of Scotty and Lauren, Haley has the best voice and jaw-dropping performances. She never playes safe and she nailed it ans surprise everybody everytime she gets up the stage.We love you Haley. All of us here from Loma Linda CA

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I was devastated when I heard Haley's being pronounced to be sent home. I watched her grow tjruout the show and she has the voice that could launch a career. Although AI is a popularity contest, I just hope and really pray some producers would believe in her. She is awesome and I am sorry to the fans of Scotty and Lauren, Haley has the best voice and jaw-dropping performances. She never playes safe and she nailed it ans surprise everybody everytime she hets up the stage.

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Haley R is the best! I loved her since the get go. I said right off "that girl could be the winner" and I think she should have been. Haley you go girl. Have a great career. And have fun. Stay real. Love from a big fan.

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Haley R is the best! I loved her since the get go. I said right off "that girl could be the winner" and I think she should have been. Haley you go girl. Have a great career. And have fun. Stay real. Love from a big fan.

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im suprised she made as far as she did. she should have been gone weeks ago.james andpia were both better then her

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What a terrific human being! When Haley sings softly and playfully, she brings feeling and delight back to music. On some of her songs, she does better than the original performers. I will miss her. Though I rarely buy CD's, I intend to buy hers.

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]
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