HitFix: You'd done the "Idol" process before. How was this year different for you? What had changed?
Haley Reinhart: It's not like I'd gotten way-far previously like I have this time around. A lot of things have changed. I had a year. I sang a lot of jazz with college. I did my own rock cover group, with a lot of reggae spins to it. I've just been doing a lot of versatile stuff. I've been all over the place, so it gave me a lot of room and time to grown and learn and just get a whole better groove going.
HitFix: There was a split on your choice of the Alicia Keys song in the Top 24. Steven and Jennifer thought it was what you should be doing. Randy thought it wasn't really who you are. What do you think?
HR: Randy definitely, he's heard it a million-and-one times, so no matter what, I feel like anybody who sang it, that's how he feels. And you never know how the judges are going to react. I respect everything that all of them have to say. They're all wonderful. And thank God I had two of them there to back me up.
HitFix: But what did you think? Is that song representative of who you are?
HR: It's definitely a part of who I am. I'm into the R&B and the sultry stuff and the blues. But I also love rock and jazz and a million other things. Alicia, I grew up on her. I love that bluesy feel. I think Randy wanted even more from me to come out. But I tried to show all of the things stylistically and I don't always want to have to growl it up the whole time, you know?