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American Idol: Is Haley Reinhart In Because of Casey Abrams?

May 13, 2011 06:00 AM by Christine McDow

When Casey Abrams was eliminated from American Idol for the second time many fans were very mad.  However, by that point Casey and fellow contestant, Haley Reinhart, had been outed as a couple on American Idol.  With last night’s shocking elimination of James Durbin, many are wondering why Haley Reinhart is STILL in the competition.  Could it be that Casey’s fans are all supporting Haley now, as a show of support for Casey.

Many people believe that James Durbin was unfairly sent home last night and that it should have been Haley Reinhart instead.  They believe her voice isn’t as strong as his and that her song choice wasn’t as good.  Many also wonder if she is only still in the competition because she is dating Casey Abrams.  Does Haley Reinhart deserve to be in the American Idol competition still, or is she being carried by Casey Abrams, even though he has already been eliminated?

Let us know what you think.  Do you like Haley Reinhart?  Does she deserve to be on the American Idol top three stage?  What about the finals?  Do you want to see her as one of the top two?  Comment below and let us know!

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42 Responses to “American Idol: Is Haley Reinhart In Because of Casey Abrams?”

  1. Idolhead Ed Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Casey’s votes help but Haley is the reason Haley’s still in. She is the only Idol in the show’s history the get standing O’s two weeks in a row from the judges. Why? Because she is easily the best singer in the competition. She has gotten to the top 3 spot without the compassionate backstory Idol gives to the ones they think and hope will do well. She has done it on her own. This is what makes Haley a great American Idol story.Don’t be surprised if Haley also gets some James’s votes. A lot were hoping for a James/Haley final.If anyone is lucky to be in the top 3 it’s Lauren.

  2. Carolyn Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I don’t know why everyone seems to be so surprised about Haley and some people even think she shouldn’t be there. I have downloaded two of her songs and I am a big fan of hers. I love Scotty but he does get pretty generic. I think Haley is the most marketable and the most unique singer in the competition. Scotty was number one to me until Benny and the Jets by Haley. I switched over. Never liked Casey!

  3. Cindy Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    What a crappy article. Haley is awesome! She has a great voice. Great stage presence. Is beautiful and marketable. Haley, if you read this, ignore it. It’s crap. You are outstanding!!!

  4. Monica Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I agree with Idolhead Ed…If anyone should have gone home instead of James, it was Lauren. She has been way more inconsistent than Haley and has been lukewarm in most of her performances. The judges have pimped her from the start and she has yet to live up to the early expectations. I don’t know why so many people just want to through Haley under the bus and blame her for James’s ouster. I predicted that James would go home and he did. There is no doubt he has some awesome talent, but he also came across as arrogant, and clearly didn’t have the fan base everyone thought he did. I don’t think it helped him either that the judges never called him on his pitchyness or some of his song choices..their ganging up on haley cost him.

  5. BLTribb Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Yes Haley belongs in the top 3! The judges have been hard on her and even lopsided in critizing her. When she did an unrealsed song by Lady Gaga, the judges did like it because they could not compair it to the original. For all 10 seasons they have been saying it is not karaoke, but karaoke is what they are looking for. They can’t seem to judge a contestant without something to compair them to. Haley has been taking chances and making the music hers, not just coping the original artist.

  6. Liz DeFoe Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Haley is in the top three because she is by far the most talented singer of the lot. Haley is INCREDIBLE! I hope she wins.

  7. Freddie Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Aw, come on! Instead of asking why Haley is still
    outsinging everyone who is left, why not wonder why McCreepy is such an attraction for the little girls, et al. He’s really not very good.

  8. Bill E Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I am a fan of jazz and never watched American Idol. That was until a few weeks ago when a friend of mine showed me a video of Casey and Haley scatting to “Moanin’” as well as Casey’s “Georgia” and “Nature Boy”. I know there are others just like me who are interested only because of Casey and Haley and see them as similar due to their backgrounds in jazz and bona fide musical training. Furthermore, I think it is reasonable to assume that almost everyone who voted Casey is now voting Haley. This is a significant number of people and is likely affecting the outcome of the competition. In the end, however, does it really matter who places fourth, third or first?

  9. IdolBoy Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 11:52 am

    100% agree. Lauren should not have made it. She was shocked and all 3 judges were shocked that she made it though.

    This story also didn’t mention the Haley bashing that she took from Randy on a song that was also extremely well sung. Is it a singing competition or popularity competition? Based on vocals, Haley, James and Scotty were in a whole different league from Lauren.

  10. kim Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Haley has done this on her own…it is like she is blossoming. I think it should have been Lauren that went home. I think the top two should have been Haley and James.

  11. juliana Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    cmon of course she is in it because she sing beautifully!!! she is the best voice there and i hope she wins because scotty is a one-song singer and lauren’s voice is not better then haley’s. LETS GO HALEY!

  12. Carol Palermo Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Haley is a class act. I have been a fan since Benny and the Jets. Loved House of the Rising Sun interpretation. I Who Have Nothing was flawless vocally. She has more “memorable moments” than all of the others combined. Give me a break..how many could have done a duet with Casey like Moanin and held her own…outstanding vocals!

  13. Marie L. Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Christine, you really should get your facts right before you start judging people’s motives. Casey has repeatedly stated that he and Haley are NOT dating. He IS asking people to support her, however, because he thinks she is musically the best one left. I voted for Casey and Haley every week. I’ve downloaded both of their music from iTunes. When Casey left (I’m still devastated and can’t wait for his CD), I sent all my votes to Haley. I love husky, raspy voices like Janis Joplin and Rod Stewart. Casey and Haley both have those type voices, and theirs are the only two CDs I will buy when they come out. THAT’S what I base my votes on – not some silly conspiracy theories or on OTHER people’s opinions. Get over yourself.

  14. Grace Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    IMHO ~ It should have been Lauren who went home not James. Lauren is a lot like Jordan Sparks was at the first. She has a fantastic voice and it will take her a long while to really get off the ground and figure out who she was as an artist. She will need much coaching to climb into & own her very own singing voice. Whereas James, Scotty and Haley are already there! *Casey Abrams is and always will be my very favorite.

  15. Vlue Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 1:54 pm


    Haley Reinhart is an ACQUIRED TASTE.

    She flew under the radar for the first few weeks because she’s so versatile, she does various genres, which marked her initially as an undefined artist.

    Look at the others — Scott and Mauren are country, James is Metal Rock, Jacob is the Luther Vandros type, Stephnao is Bruno Mars, Pia does Power Ballads and is compared to Celine. What is Haley? She does — Country, Rock, Blues, Jazz, etc.

    She’s so versatile, it’s hard to pigeon hole her, which is EXACTLY the point of this competition — the ability to span various musical niches.

    So, after B-B-B Bennie and the Jets ( is that the right number of B’s?), Blue ( Dig that Yoddle ), Rolling in the Deep, Beautiful, House of the Rising Sun and I (who have nothing), and of course, the outstanding Scat music duet she did with Casey Abrams in the song — Moanin’ …. I’m officially in the Haley Reinhart bandwagon.

    She deserves to win (but my guess is she won’t).

    However, if she were to make an album, it would be great listening.

    Her genre is the jazzy, jazz rock. She ought to avoid the genre of Rihanna, Fergie, Beyonce and even J-Lo (it’s too crowded already).

    The genre that would fit her to a T would be Adele and Esperanza Spalding’s genre.

    I look forward to her album regardless of her winning or losing.

  16. Crystal Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Haley is absolutely horrible! Though she has come around a bit over the past few weeks, her style is weak and her vocal runs and stage presence seem choreographed. James may be pitchy at times, however no one can deny his performances. Bad choice America. Haley should have gone home weeks ago.

  17. Vanessa Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Of course Haley deserves to be in the top 3 she is simply amazing and has more range then anyone in the competition James was constantly pitchy and over the top but for some reason the judges praised him….And if anyone should have gone home over him its Scotty he is a 1 trick pony it all sounds the same. The only person I actually get excited to watch is Haley because she is blows me away every time she performs. Its so sad that she gets completely trampled by the judges….well Randy and Jennifer its absolutely ridiculous that they can sit there and criticize her but some how everyone else can do NO wrong!

  18. Tie Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Haley is in the top 3 because, she deserves to be there. She is the only person in this thing who can take her voice anywhere and everywhere and be completely successful at it… she is quite literally, amazing.

  19. mike Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Haley has forgotten that the judges are there for a reason. She acts like she knows more than the judges. She needs to listen. Even if she wins,whoever hires her has their hands full. Lauren has taken the advice of the judges and used it to help her. Who would you hire. These contestants are not professional singers. Haley needs to stop running her mouth and listen. She still has alot to learn!!!

  20. In zihua Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Scotty should have gone home last night. I believe James would have won it all. Haley is darned good.

  21. JayB Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    This is ridiculous. James was the weakest link, CLEARLY. he deserved to go. As does Lauren. ive said since the beginning of the live shows that Haley & Scotty are the best, and i still feel the same way.

  22. Len Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Haley is beautiful ,sexy ,has a great voice .She will be a great AI winner .

    Scotty and Laurin are lucky to have gotten this far . The person who should have been in the top 2 is Pia .

  23. Mia Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Do you think that Durbinators are just bittercakes and are looking for any reason to blame somebody, anybody? Go back and listen to Blue, Running in the Deep, and I Who Have Nothing. And try not to have your hatred for her cloud your judgement.

  24. Gavin Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Nope, Haley is in the league of her own! The reason why she is in the Top Three is because she sings differently from the rest! She deserves to be in the finale! Just looking forward to watching her performs everytime when AI is on, I’m sure most of the audience do! Bravo to Haley!!!

  25. Charlotte Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Though I was a supporter of Casey, before swinging my votes to Casey, it would have never happened had the first duet, Moanin’, not occurred. Since that time Haley’s growth and stage presence has been phenomenal. She deserves to win. I hope she doesn’t see this posting, why do posters feel the need to tear down these young people who are already under so much stress through this process. Go Haley, and hurry up and record something with my man, Casey.

  26. bilbo baggins Says:
    May 14th, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Lauren should be the next to go. It is obvious to even the most casual observer that the judges Randy and J-lo are trying to sabotage Haley but she just has such a strong personality and strong voice that she comes through to the public. Hence the votes that keep her on the show. Look for Scotty and Lauren to split the country vote and one of them will go home next week. The judges tried to manipulate Jacob through to the finals but we all got tired of his off-key screeching and inability to sustain a note without breaking down into a warble to cover his shortcoming. If the judges don’t saddle her with an impossible song, look for her in the finals. They are so critical of her I would not be surprised to hear Randy say “Wrong song choice” to her after picking out the song for her to sing.

  27. Debbie Says:
    May 14th, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Hell No Haley should not have been in the top 3 she does not deserve to be there ..She cannot take criticism at all..she screams in all of her songs and she has poor stage performance…She should have went home the night Pia got sent home America is not paying to the awesome talent that Pia,Paul and James had…as for the comments about Lauren and Scotty they both deserve to be there They have amazing talent and will both go far its just a shame to know America couldnt see that with James because he is the one that should have been with Scotty and Lauren…they growling and screaming will never go far everyone will get tired of hearing that so with that being said…Next week its going to be SO Long Haley!!!!!!

  28. kylie Says:
    May 14th, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Haley has an AMAZING voice, shes sexy, funny,risky,brave, strong and well rounded!!! she has been my fav since day 1 and she deserves to WIN american idol!!! weather she is dateing casey or not is besides the point and i believe that this RUHMOR is just a RUHMOR and leave it to the press to stir the pot and blow it out of paportion…thats what they do…

  29. JR Says:
    May 14th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Haley is not an acquired taste, she’s consistantly pitchy and often off key. “Jazz” doesn’t mean permission to be all over the place, and growls shouldn’t be random.

    In that regard, Casey = knows how to do it, Haley = doesn’t know how to do it.

    I love jazz, love Janis, she’s not it. I look at her and think Broadway. Why is she there? She looks absolutely stunning in a mini skirt.

    If we were all forced to close our eyes, or have them sing behind a screen, who do you think could do it?

    It wouldn’t be Haley. Her rabid fans can cheerlead all day long, but that’s not going to get other folks to download her on their iPods. If she wins, it’s Taylor Hicks redux.

  30. Number 6 Says:
    May 14th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Haley, James, and Casey should have been the top 3. The one that should have been eliminated weeks ago is Lauren. She absolutely butchered the Righteous Brothers and has been boring every week. Scotty McDreary is at the end of his road too. A one trick pony.

  31. Kari Says:
    May 14th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Casey fans are voting for Haley, so are Adam Lamberts and the vote for the worst site. Haley got the sympathy votes two weeks in a row. It almost seems staged that two weeks in a row they bring her down for her first performance and give her standing ovations for her second. It’s all bull.

  32. BrandoC15 Says:
    May 15th, 2011 at 12:02 am

    This is an embarrasing article. Haley is in because America voted her in. Do you really believe that Casey’s votes make that big of a difference? They have similar styles, that would be why Casey fans voted for her. Re-write your article, I had a good laugh about it. You’re just a James fan in denial…

  33. Linda Says:
    May 15th, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Haley should have been gone a long time ago. James is great and should have become the American Idol for 2011.

  34. Linda Says:
    May 15th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    My husband and I and all our grown children have liked Haley from the very beginning, we don’t understand why the judges are so hard on her.She has a beautiful voice, geat control she’s the whole package. Loved casey too. He’s just a great musician. James is good he’s jsut behind the times, metal is dead, should have done new rock. Scotty -he’ll have a big carreer same as Carrie U. Lauren might too. But as far as we;re concerned Haley has the of everything. She should win. Don’t understand why she is the VFTW pick this week.

  35. bobbie Says:
    May 16th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Haley go girl you are good. All that bull crap about what they are saying is stupied. If they don’t know what they talking about.You are the best and always was since day one. As for Lauren
    there someting that’s not right about her. Scotty good also but Haley is the best. I hope Haley wins it all. James glad he off he ack like adam
    Lamber an thinks he a smart ass. I wishing Haley wins. She the one that take all the judges craps
    witch is wrong.She smiles after all there compains.Go Haley go I wish you all the lucky in the world. Go GIRL GO

  36. Nancy Says:
    May 16th, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Sorry,Haley was nothing compared to James. She is really beautiful and tries real hard but not the voice of James Durbin. She should have gone home.

  37. Pat Says:
    May 18th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    GOOOOO Hailey!! Its so obvious the judges totally favor Lauren and James. They are to afraid to say anything to lauren cause she cant handle it!(she will start to cry) They know she will fall apart. I liked James, but towards the end he was picking wrong songs. Scotty is getting boring and Lauren is good singing Duets. Haley can sing anything & she gets better every week!! I think the judges are dishonest. Do you really think James or Lauren are so perfect? LETS Start JUDGING! What about their song choices? and pitch (james) I thought Laurens 2nd song choice was bad. But you will never hear that from the judges. They have not liked Haley from the start its so obvious. Good for you Haley, hanging in there. You deserve it.

  38. vale Says:
    May 18th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    i’m completly desagree with this i love haley she sing beautiful and her voice is soooo amazing … she has to win !!!
    the best voice on the show.

  39. John Lewis Says:
    May 21st, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    My friends, James Durbin was not pitchy. From low to high he hit the notes on key and under control no matter what the song. That is why the judges consistently praised his outstanding performances no matter what type song he sang.None of the other top ten could sing the songs he sang yet he easily could have song the songs they sang and done so even better than they did.

  40. John Lewis Says:
    May 21st, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    James Durbin is neither a smart ass nor arrogant. Don’t you people even listen to what you are told about the contestants ? The kid suffers from both Tourattes Syndrone and Aspergers a form of autism . It is amazing that he even is able to appear on the stage and perform much less at the high level that he does.Some of you are really cruel and should be ashamed !!!! This kid is a role model to all the kids such as my grandson who suffer from these horrible ailments.

  41. Miguel Says:
    June 26th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Many wonder if this article wasn’t written just to generate hits. The early EP sales and downloads at Wal-Mart have Haley ahead.

    Best selling albums at WM at the moment:

    1 & 2) David Cook

    3) Haley Reinhart

    4) James Durbin

    5) Scotty McCreary
    13) Lauren Alaina

  42. dude Says:
    August 28th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    What kind of article is this? Why is Haley so polarizing? Meanwhile there are websites and articles who sustain on how she was the absolute best of the night in her last weeks, how everyone else was clearly below her, there are articles like this. And of course, she always generates the most discussion than all the others combined. How did I find this article I’m so late, idk but she is now signed and she gets the most praise about her music. Now if the person is so controversial, then that just suits well then, great music and controversy, there’s a promising artist. Hope the best for her, doesn’t seem easy with so many detractors out there but she is gonna be succesful, I know it. Good music is going to win, like someone above said, Haley Reinhart is an acquired taste.


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