This is really sad to hear.
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See? You don't need to win American Idol to become a star. Hell, you don't even need to make it into the top five!
Haley Reinhart was a fan favorite and third runner-up this past season on American Idol. Girl's got soul and she's got funk and now, she's got a record deal with 19 Entertainment/Interscope Records. A rep for the label confirms that Haley has just inked her contract for a solo album and will get started right away.
For those you who missed out on her growl and bite this season, have a listen to her rendition of Benny & The Jets in the video (above).