Does Haley Reinhart just not take criticism well or are the judges too hard on her? Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson weren’t fans of Haley’s performance of Michael Jackson‘s “Earth Song” last night on American Idol, but Haley talked back and defended her singing. Who do you side with?
“I want you to be thinking about that when you’re choosing everything — what everyone else is doing,” Jennifer Lopez explained to Haley. “That’s part of competing.”
“Jennifer is right,” Randy Jackson said. “These are the things that I didn’t like about what you did. To me, it confused me with who you are as an artist. The song doesn’t really suit you or fit you… it felt like to me you were screaming and at the top of your range.”
“That’s not the top of my range,” Haley said. “I just felt it.”
“You needed to be singing runs at the end,” Randy explained. “I felt like you were just screaming at the end the same note over and over.”
“I didn’t know I should have even have changed that.” Haley argued. “I thought it was beautiful the way it was.”
But Steven Tyler disagreed and yelled, “Don’t listen to them.”
“Listen, my opinion is I didn’t like it,” Randy said. “I thought you were screaming and I thought it was a bad song choice.”
“I heard it!” Haley said. “I know what you have to say.”
“Haley, what do you get from that?” Steven said. “They’re both wrong.”
And Casey Abrams was sitting in the audience applauding!
But Haley was still upset after the show.
“Yeah, I’m mad,” she said (via E! News). “Everybody else gets good feedback and they really let me have it. They don’t feel bad for me. Never have, never will. I got a little upset because that song is downright inspiring and emotional. No matter what, that hit me to the heart.”
What do you think of the criticism Haley received?
Watch Haley’s “Earth Song” performance below!
But Haley made up for it with her next song choice of “I (Who Have Nothing).”
“Look what you’re capable of,” Jennifer said adding it was, “one of the best performances of the year.”
Watch the performance below!