Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Haley Reinhart Shows Off her Husky Growl Singing “You've Really Got a Hold on Me” on the American Idol Top 11 Show

American Idol Season 10's cute~n~kittenish Haley Reinhart charms the crowd with “You've Really Got a Hold on Me” during the Top 11 Show. This week's theme was 'Songs from Motown', and Haley choose one of the most famous. This 1962 Top 10 hit single (selling over a million copies!) by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles for the Tamla (Motown) label was one of the group's most covered tunes, and is a 1998 Grammy Hall of Fame inductee.

Haley believes she needs to prove that she really wants to be here, so she won't end up in the bottom 3 again. Producer Jimmy Iovine thinks that she really needs to connect more with the audience. He told Haley, "(If) You walk with the confidence that you sing, you win." Haley's voice sounds great; she can growl and really strut through the lyrics. There's a sexy huskiness in her voice akin to Janis Joplin. But she's paying too much attention to being sex-kittenish and making googly-eyes to the camera. If she puts that focus and energy into the actual singing portion of her performance, she could win Season 10. Randy Jackson said, "It started a little bit rough. By the middle of the song, the Haley that we fell in love with, that we love, that we know, that bluesy, with that little growl, with that attitude, came roaring back. This is the exactly the kind of singer we always thought that you were, with a little Janis Joplin in you. I’m so happy." Steven Tyler has loved Haley since day one! He raved, "I felt her. That was beautiful! Touched my heart. You sang your heart out. You don’t look a day over fabulous. That’s the Haley I’ve been looking for since the first time I heard ya. And that growl you got, that Joplin thing, that was it!" Steven sings and growls to demonstrate. Jennifer Lopez praised, "You have that effortless control in your voice. You can do anything with your voice. Probably more than anybody in the competion. You may have the most soulful voice of anybody in the competition." Yes, that girl can sing!

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