I couldn’t help but think that Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez may have set up Haley Reinhart so she will leave the show tonight.
It seems like Haley has received more than her share of criticism this season. She was the only one last night to receive negative comments from the judges. With eight songs and three comments per song Haley received the two negative comments out of 24 comments by the judges.
It was almost like the judges knew Haley would be upset enough to show some attitude, knowing that could speed her exit off the show tonight.
Many commenters about Haley on American Idol blogs say they won’t vote for her because of her attitude. The judges put her in that situation. Haley is not like some contestants that will keep smiling while being trashed by the judges.
If Haley goes home tonight, no need for Randy and Jennifer to act surprised, because they knew what they were doing. They angered Haley enough to force her to have an attitude and now the voters are apparently posed to use that attitude against her. I could tell it meant a lot to Haley to have Steven Tyler go against Randy and Jennifer to say Haley sang well. This is one of the few times this season that one judge has disagreed with another judge or judges.
As far as I know, they have never made a negative comment about James Durbin. It was the same way during Season 8 for Adam Lambert, who received raves from the judges week after week.
LOPEZ WANTING SCOTTY TO KEEP COMING UP WITH SOMETHING NEW
I couldn’t believe it when Jennifer Lopez told Scotty McCreery that he needed to keep coming up with new way of singing. Scotty has already proved he can sing country and any other genre he has been asked to sing this year. He needs to be let alone, since he has already shown he can sing slow songs, plus he has excelled at singing up tempo songs. He doesn’t need to change anything.
IOVINE STAYED IN BACKGROUND
The American Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine, seemed to refrain from telling singers what to sing last night. After Jacob Lusk told the media that Iovine was intimidating into singing songs he didn’t sing, the producers must have told him to back off and let the singers pick their own songs. He may have been the one who told Haley to sing the Lady Gaga song which Haley apparently didn’t want to sing. Then when she sings it, she got trashed by the judges for singing it.
LADY GAGA FREAKED OUT CONTESTANTS
It was easy to tell the contestants were freaked out by Lady Gaga especially Scotty, who was told to make love to his microphone.
However, I do think she gave some helpful advice when it came to delivering songs with intensity. All four contestants seemed to have some extra intensity when singing the songs of Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller. If not for Lady Gaga telling Haley to show in her face what she was feeling from the song I Who Have Nothing the song would have had a lot less impact.
Lauren Alaina Suddeth showed that she deserved to be in the final four last night. I have heard Trouble sang in the past and she sang it as well as anyone plus the lyrics were changed a little by the arrangement in the last part of the song, but she handled it well.
NO CLEAR WINNER
There is no clear winner for Season 10 at this point. It would not surprise me to see any of the remaining four contestants become the next American Idol.
Scotty and James have been solid all season long, while Haley has been close to going home most of the season, but is peaking at the right time, if the judges didn’t ruin her chances of winning last night.
Lauren had avoided the bottom two or three until being in the bottom two last week. She had trouble adjusting to being in that situation after being sent to safety so many times in the weeks before. If Pia Toscano was still in the competition, Lauren or Haley or possibly both would be gone at this stage of the competition.
There is no remaining contestant that I would root against, since they all belong in the final four. Sadly, someone has to go home tonight.
Don’t be surprised if Haley sings her farewell song after being voted off the show. I don’t think she will be hugging Randy or Jennifer if she does leave since they put her in the position to be voted off.
The poll question asks if Randy and Jennifer hurt Haley’s chances of winning American Idol last night.