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Rank (Top 10) Best Haley Performances

So, I'll admit, I'm curious Haliens:

She's a great performer, but what song was her pinnacle?

As if we don't all love to quantify things. Haley Reinhart is splendid, that we know, however out of all her performances on Idol which ones were the most laudable? Rank your personal Top 10 performances by Haley from the performances you don't like as much to your top favorites where you feel she did the best. Also provide some reasoning for your choices if you feel so inclined. Prepare to see some interesting opinions! Debate if you want; but mostly just enjoy seeing what other people think about our lady. :)


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Dec. 27th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
Honorable Mention: God Bless the Child :D

10 ; You Oughta Know - the chorus was right on!!
09 ; I'm Your Baby Tonight - this was really well done also. Maybe not everybody's piece of pie and she is singing Whitney, but it is so good.
08 ; I who have nothing - I actually like the studio recording better.. she sounds a little too raspy almost for this song.. still amazing, but actually not her best performance ever as so many seem to think

- * there would probably be a gap here; meaning I'm obsessed with the top seven and adore them all while the ones under top 7 are still awesome but not to the point of being incredible * -

07 ; You and I - unreleased track and Haley made it her own. Honestly she sings it different from Gaga but it is still hella fun to listen to. Fabulous fabulous fabulous
06 ; What is and Should Never Be - this Led Zeppelin song: wow. She killed it. Just goes to show you if this is number six.. god
05 ; You've Really got a Hold on Me - fabulously done, especially the second half.. it also has a different mood that is more sensual and fun
04 ; Rhiannon - so underrated.. so beautiful and haunting.. for those who complain about her growling, this is her voice at its purest
03 ; Bennie and the Jets - it's what got her noticed, her power song
02 ; House of the Rising Sun - beginning gives me chills, this is the kind of song I would expect on Haley's album: it captures the bluesy-soul feel
01 ; Moanin' (with Casey) - mostly because I felt it showed off her style and vocal ability most thoroughly and it had a lot of improvisational bits (which I adore)
Dec. 27th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
For some reason it's not letting me vote. :|

I like all of Haley's performances and this was a tough choice. For me it was between "Bennie And The Jets" and "I Who Have Nothing". I went with BATJ because I feel like that was the one that really made her stand out to me. I was pretty much like WOAH WHO IS THIS CHICK after that. As much as I love IWHN, BATJ sealed her for me. I was a fan after that.
Dec. 27th, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
It's not letting me vote, either. And I'm the maintainer! xD
Dec. 27th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
bah polls are weird for me, do you want to try making it?
Dec. 27th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
You're the only one who can edit a post. All a mod can do is delete/mark as spam. :/
Dec. 28th, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
lfkhjfsgklhj i didn't even know she existed until bennie and the jets. i feel horrible admitting it, because in the back of my mind i was thinking: this girl is pretty good, why all the hate? but i was indifferent to her predicament before this song. then she sang it, and it was magic and my eyes got all sparkly and i realized: i'm addicted to haley, and she is fucking amazing. the end.
after that i started re-listening to her older performances and i fell in love with you've really got a hold on me too and i realized how much i just took her godliness for granted. 8D
Dec. 28th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)

Next is a tie between Bennie and the Jets and I Who Have Nothing. I honestly can't choose, it's insane how good they both are.

I also still love her version of You and I, and while I also love Gaga's version I actually much prefer Haley's rendition and voice on it.

Rhiannon was lovely and is so terribly underrated.

I do like Moanin, but I'm really not a huge fan of Casey's so I'm probably not as into it as others.
Dec. 28th, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC)
I gotcha, I can totally understand. HOTRS would be my number one if it wasn't for Moanin.

The funny thing is, as much as I love Casey, and he did a great job, he kind of ends up being background for me. Like I'm listening to his voice and I'm like 'yeah, he's good' but then Haley comes in and I'm like 'daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayum, casey who?' I sort of forget about him in a way XD

Flip yeah, You and I is beast.. Randy needs to be sued for his feedback after that performance. It was godly

Edited at 2011-12-28 08:29 pm (UTC)
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