'American Idol' finalists attack movie tunes
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 10:38 PM

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(Source: Associated Press/AP Online)By DERRIK J. LANG

LOS ANGELES - Jennifer Lopez isn't sure "American Idol" viewers will be calling in for finalist Haley Reinhart.

Lopez said the bluesy 20-year-old college student from Wheeling, Ill., didn't dial up her best performance with Blondie's "Call Me" from "American Gigolo" on the Fox talent competition's evening of film tunes Wednesday. The show's lone female judge was reluctant to criticize Reinhart because every eliminated finalist has been a woman this season.

The show's other remaining female crooner, 16-year-old high school student Lauren Alaina of Rossville, Ga., fared better with Miley Cyrus' "The Climb" from "Hannah Montana: The Movie." Before taking the stage, "Idol" mentor and Interscope chief Jimmy Ivovine told Alania that he thought she was "a much, much stronger singer than Miley Cyrus."

One of the eight finalists will be dismissed Thursday.

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