[artist id="3936734"]Haley Reinhart[/artist] fans were vocally upset when the jazzy singer was booted from “American Idol” in third place. But those Hart-throbs could have the last laugh after all, since it was announced on Monday that the 20-year-old Illinois singer has signed a contract with Interscope Records, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
That makes Reinhart the fourth finalist to snag a major-label deal with the new recording company of choice for “Idol,” following in the footsteps of winner Scotty McCreery, runner-up Lauren Alaina (both signed to the Mercury Nashville label, a division of Interscope parent company Universal Music Group) and ninth-place finisher Pia Toscano .
Following her elimination, Reinhart was confident that her musical journey was not over, saying she was excited to follow in the footsteps of such inspirations as Duffy, Janelle Monae, Corinne Bailey Rae and late British soul singer Amy Winehouse.
“All these chicks have a really, really cool, unique sound, and I’m really thankful that this is coming about, because it’s the right time for me right now,” she said in May. “It’s happening, and I have so much throwback that’s come along with me, and it seems like it might be a stretch to get there, but especially now with this new wave coming through, with this raw, refreshing good musicality being provided, I have really good feelings and a lot of faith.”
The signing of Reinhart, who is currently on the American Idols Live! tour , makes this “Idol” season one of the most fruitful in the show’s 10-year history in terms of major-label signings.
Last year’s show resulted in deals for three finalists, winner Lee DeWyze, runner-up Crystal Bowersox and third-place finisher Casey James. Season eight also served up a four-pack, with major homes for winner Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert, as well as third-place finisher Danny Gokey and fourth-place finalist Allison Iraheta.
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