Haley Reinhart, the 20-year-old jazz lover from Illinois who was eliminated from American Idol Thursday night, wasn’t too bummed about her fate. “I’m feeling at ease,” Reinhart told EW in a backstage interview after the show. “You have to take everything in stride, realize what a great thing [Idol] has been, and keep going.” When asked about her favorite Idol memory, Reinhart mentioned pushing the show’s boundaries by singing Bobby Timmons’ “Moanin” with fellow contestant Casey Abrams. “We’re both huge jazz-heads,” said Reinhart, “and I’m glad America actually took it in and liked it.”
Reinhart also addressed her staircase tumble from this week’s performance of Led Zeppelin’s “What Is and What Should Never Be,” pointing out that she had planned to wear platform shoes instead of high heels. “I was nervous about the big stairs, and it ended up being the small stairs,” she laughed.
Check out the full interview below, during which Reinhart discusses why she believes the judges were tough on her and reveals her two favorite musicians:
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