Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams are often linked together after appearing on last season’s American Idol. They had a couple amazing duets on the show (“Moanin’” and “I Feel The Earth Move”) and rumors of a romance ran rampant over the internet, during which the makings of a true friendship blossomed between this quirky, bluesy, jazzy, twosome. While fellow contestants (winner and runner up, respectively) Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina, have tried hard to forge separate, solo country careers, Haley and Casey seemed to have embraced the fact that while they’re remembered by many separately, they’re perhaps remembered more for their shared moments.
Haley went on to greater success by the show’s standards by lasting until the Top Three while Casey was voted off during week 11’s eliminations and dramatically given the judge's “save” and managed to not annoy America enough to stay for a few more weeks. Haley is working on her first album with 19/Interscope Records rumored to be out in early 2012, while Casey has been signed to a management deal but no record deal that I could find note of.
“Baby It’s Cold Outside” is their most recent joint venture and if you’re not sure you remember the song, it’s featured in the movie Elf, sung by Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel’s characters, as well as performed by everyone from Bette Midler, to Barry Manilow, to Miss Piggy. I was never a Haley fan on Idol because she seemed to be lacking in something, I couldn’t put my finger on it but, she never pulled me in. Casey on the other hand I knew immediately why I didn’t like him: while extremely talented Casey was highly obnoxious and unlikable. While my opinion of him hasn’t changed, I’m slowly easing my way on to the Haley Train. In this clip of “Baby it’s Cold Outside” performed in her hometown of Chicago with her pal Casey, she could not be more adorable, charming, and almost captivating. They didn’t do anything new for the song or make it especially memorable, but it’s made me take a second look at Haley Reinhart.
If you want to bypass the inane chit-chat skip to the 1:30 mark. Let me know what you think of their duet: are you excited for Haley Reinhart’s debut album?