Haley Reinhart Shines on her Return to American Idol

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Haley performing “Can’t Help Falling in Love” with Top 24 contestant Adam Lasher.

Haley Reinhart was amongst other top American Idol alumni who were invited to return to the show to mentor and perform with the Top 24 contestants.

Each former Idol star was paired with two contestants each. Haley was paired with Kory Wheeler, and Adam Lasher to mentor and duet with.

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Haley and Kory Wheeler performing “Bennie and the Jets”.

It was obvious just how much Haley has grown as a singer and performer since she was a contestant on American Idol five years ago. Last night, she reminded America why we fell in love with her in the first place! Haley received praise from all three Idol judges, Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban, and Jennifer Lopez (who was a judge during Haley’s time on Idol in Season 10). JLo even commented that they thought Haley was going to win that season!

Kory Wheeler actually auditioned for American Idol with Bennie and the Jets, so naturally that was their song choice for their duet. Watch Haley mentor Kory, and give a killer performance of the Elton John classic that made such a tremendous mark for Haley when she was a contestant:

For the second duet, Haley and Adam Lasher gave us a romantic duet version of Haley’s single “Can’t Help Falling in Love”:

Ryan Seacrest commented that he’s been playing the single (Can’t Help Falling in Love) on the radio (KIIS FM, L.A.’s #1 Hit Music Station). At the end of the night, unfortunately both Adam and Kory were eliminated from the competition.

After the airing of the episode, Haley’s single “Can’t Help Falling in Love” peaked on the iTunes Pop Charts at #19, and the overall iTunes Charts at #45. Haley’s debut album after Idol “Listen Up!” also got a boost and rose to #42 on the Pop Album Charts.

 

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Haley, Casey, & Jackie Tohn Show At Room 5 August 29th

Our favorite duo is returning to their favorite little intimate venue, the Room 5 Lounge in Hollywood, California on Friday August 29th 2014. Also joining Haley and Casey is Jackie Tohn, who was a top 24 finalist on American Idol Season 8.

Haley and Casey both have promoted this show on their social networking sites. When these two team up, it’s always magic! It sometimes make you wonder if they were meant to be a duo permanently! (I love them solo just as much, though).

So, if you are in or around the LA area, try not to miss this show! Haley and Casey played at the same venue last June along with Mark Ballas and Dylan Chambers and it was a packed house! It will be interesting to see how this show goes, now that Jackie Tohn is also going to be joining them.

They go on at 10pm! Tickets are $15 at the door, or you can purchase them online at Room 5’s website here!