Will Haley Reinhart Suffer the 'Idol' Third Place Curse? (VIDEO)

Emily Abbate

haley reinhartSure, you may have heard of the Oscar Best Actress curse, but have you heard of the American Idol third place curse? Yup. It exists, I promise. And after a record 95 million votes were cast during this week's top 3 round of Idol, Haley Reinhart is headed home and destined for curse-ville.

While loads of talented singers have gone on to more wonderful things without winning FOX's prime-time singing showdown, none of them have finished third in the competition. If you come in third, it doesn't matter if you're talented. It doesn't matter if you're gorgeous (ahem: Casey James). All that matters is you're third. And thus, doomed.

Okay, I know what you're thinking: Well, those finishers weren't even that good anyway. But that's not true! Let's look at some of the names here, shall we?

Remember Nikki McKibbin from season 1? The fiery redhead sang a rendition of Alannah Myles' "Black Velvet" that still gives me goosebumps to this day. Unfortunately, that was the same performance that sent her home.

Then there was season 2's Kimberly Locke. These days, people may recognize her more for her participation in Celebrity Fit Club and her upcoming talk-show debut on ABC's The Revolution. But well, there's no singing there. 

And the names continue. From Elliott Yamin and Danny Gokey to Syesha Mercado and Jasmine Trias, none of these third place competitors have become a musical household name. Even season 6's Melinda Doolittle was Simon Cowell's favorite, and alas was washed away with the rest of them.

I assume there will be theory haters who claim that no participants who ended up below the top two get anywhere anyway. Wrong again. Chris Daughtry finished in fourth place, and look at him now. He was signed by RCA Records and has the third most successful record sales of any Idol contestant. And has anyone heard of a beautiful lady named Jennifer Hudson? Hello, success (and sixth place)!

Do I think Haley has what it takes to overcome the Idol third place curse? Ehhh, not exactly. While the girl really knows how to hit a power chord -- her lower range shows that she needs a bit of work and maturing. Can that change with hard work? Of course. But not if the curse has anything to do with it.

Watch Haley's final performance from last night's show, and tell me -- do you think Haley can break the Idol third place curse?

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