Haley Reinhart brilliantly recovered from an embarrassing slip-and-fall during her rousing rendition of Led Zeppelin’s What Is and What Should Never Be on Wednesday’s American Idol.
The 20-year-old Illinois native tripped on the stairs, after running around the judges’ platform to play to the crowd. To her credit, she just smiled and kept on going, getting a boost from the judges, who praised the way she didn’t sell the stumble.
“It’s not about how many times you fall,” judge Steven Tyler advised. “It’s about how many times you get up.” Randy Jackson loved her performance so much, he gave her a standing ovation.
On Wednesday’s show, the task was to sing three numbers: one picked by the show’s judges (Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler); one picked by mentor Jimmy Iovine and one of their own choosing.
Reinhart, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina all excelled in their performances, leaving us guessing as to who will be eliminated.
Single Ladies stunner Beyonce served as the guest mentor on the show, where she premiered her new video Run The World (Girls).
Someone’s going home when American Idol returns Thursday on Fox at 8/7c. This season’s champ will be announced on the show’s Wednesday, May 25 finale.