Minutes before the performance finale of American Idol aired, the news had hit the internet that finalist Lauren Alaina may not have been able to perform on the show.
The news stated that she may have had to drop out of the show due to some vocal cord damage that she suffered. After not getting through rehearsals, they called in a doctor who told Lauren to rest her voice. Idol officials called up third place contestant, Haley Reinhart, to take her place if needed.
Now, Haley is speaking out on the topic. WATCH:
Haley said, “I had somebody come up to me, to tell me what her condition was. They didn’t know if she could sing or not. They asked me to do it and said to pick out some tunes I already did. It was an honor that they asked me; they never did this for somebody else on the show.”
She continued, “But at the same time, I did not feel right about the whole thing.”
When asked if she had gotten the chance to talk to Lauren prior to the show, she said, “No, but I saw her later. She was like, ‘You were almost about to sing for me there’, and I said, ‘I’m glad the medicine and everything else helped you out and you got through it!'”
All in all, Haley said that she was happy with how things turned out. She added, “I left in a good light. I had a great time going out. I still feel like the future holds something great out there for me. I felt like it was really Scotty and Lauren’s time so no matter what, she should go out and do what she can do.”