Let's face it: On last night's American Idol results show, Haley Reinhart got royally screwed ... and so did we. Haley lost out to Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina for a chance at the title, and we lost out on our shot at a winner who could actually reach the A-list a la Carrie Underwood. And you're to blame, America. I suspect it's because you're afraid of someone who could become a real star.
The backlash has already set in with the water cooler buzz today being, "Whoa! Did you see that pissed off look on Haley's face when she found out she wasn't going on to the finale?" "How dare she look so irritated! She should have been tearful and babbling with gratitude!"
Too bad, people. She was just being honest. She wasn't putting on some phony-baloney butt-kissy show for anyone. That look said it all, and obvs I was with her, thinking, "This is BS!" It's that honesty that made her both amazing and, at the same time, it seems, intimidating to America.
America likes its sweethearts to be just that ... syrupy sweet, charming in a completely cuddly, non-threatening way, and only girl-next-door sexy -- not too glaringly so. In other words, Southern teen Lauren -- not Janis Joplin-esque gravely voiced and almost alarmingly sensual for her age Haley.
What's more, Haley had balls, which no doubt turned off voters. I mean, she's only 20! How dare she have all of that confidence to play to the audience and the judges, star power, charisma? Who does she think she is? Doesn't she know she actually has to EARN that once we officially hand over our approval?
And then there's the fact that Haley was singing pop music, which must scare Idol voters. The final may be the "youngest ever," but it's also going to be entirely honkytonked out. Lauren and Scotty are country kids through and through, and there's no way in hell either of them would ever be a mainstream pop star. So, maybe it's about time Idol voters own the fact that they're churning out country stars and not artists who are going to compete with pop music's movers and shakers, like Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, etc.?
Ultimately, it seems like the majority of voters aren't considering who would make an amazingly successful star. They just wonder, "Oh, who is cute and seems like a nice kid I'd like to hang out with?" Sure, Scotty and Lauren seem terribly nice, but as far as I'm concerned, Haley is the only one with any potential to become the next Idol.
Thoughts on Haley's exit? Who were you rooting for last night?
Image via FOX