What a difference a year makes for Haley Reinhart. It was just twelve months ago that she placed third on American Idol and now she's about to drop her first solo album. This week, the current crop of Idol contestants will name its two finalists, but as Haley has proven, you can make a career out of bronze medal status.
Relating closest to Phillip Phillips' outlook of staying true to who he is, Haley encourages the hopefuls to "make what you can of this platform you've been given. I seized the moment." Although all of the finalists are winners at this point, Haley pinpointed the outstanding voice of Jessica Sanchez since her initial televised audition. Had the judges not used their one save of the season, Jessica would have been eliminated weeks ago. "I couldn't agree more,” Haley approved of the panel's decision. "I called her for the win."
A similar Cinderella story emerged on The X Factor. Simon Cowell didn't originally offer winner Melanie Amaro a spot on his team, but with the urging of fellow mentors, invited her back. Speaking of The X Factor, Haley was surprised to hear about Demi Lovato and Britney Spears joining the judging desk. "I really am intrigued. I'll definitely check it out to hear Britney Spears talk a little bit," she enthused.