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Haley Reinhart has never been regarded as a serious contender, but she’s made it all the way to the top five, and served notice last night that she’s no fluke.

With a great effort on “House of the Rising Sun,” then a go-for-broke cover of an unreleased Lady Gaga track, Haley proved she belongs on American Idol.

“House of the Rising Sun” was clearly right in Haley’s wheelhouse, and was head and shoulders above anyone else’s old school covers last night. Watch:

Haley Reinhart - House of the Rising Sun (American Idol)

As for Lady Gaga‘s “You and I,” which Gaga does at her shows, and which required Haley getting permission directly from Gaga, it was a risky call.

While the judges weren’t all moved by the song itself, it’s perfectly suited to her style and her distinctive sound, and she took it to the house!

It’s the kind of performance that makes Haley Reinhart stand out and really make her mark as a contender. Watch it here and see if you agree:

 
Haley Reinhart - House of the Rising Sun (American Idol)

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