Tuesday, April 30, 2013

My Weekend with Haley Reinhart

It’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s de lovely, it’s Reinhart heaven! All Haliens in the metropolitan city of Jakarta, Indonesia were celebrating last weekend, as it was jam-packed with everything Haley Reinhart.

Not only the retrofabulous goddess had a special guest appearance on our local X Factor last Friday (April 26), but she also treated us to a double show, scrumptious dinner and an exclusive meet and greet session the following day (April 27) at the Gandaria City Mall, all for FREE. The Saturday event was sponsored by Indovision and Star World, the award-winning network where American Idol is regularly broadcasted. I, for one, am so lucky to have been one of those winners of the meet and greet contest, as it was limited to Indovision subscribers only.

Haley kicked off her afternoon concert at the Main Atrium section of the mall’s ground floor. She treated us to five spectacular tunes, including three from her Grammy-worthy Listen Up album:
  • "Wasted Tears"
  • "Hit the Ground Runnin’"
  • "The Way You Make Me Feel" (Michael Jackson cover)
  • "Oh My!"
  • "Call Me" (Blondie cover) – featuring Indonesian Idol 4 winner Rini

Once the show was over, Haley was immediately escorted out by her bodyguards as the Haliens shopped around before getting back together to prep up for the evening meet and greet at around 6 PM at the Beerdy! Golf and Bar. Though the session didn’t start ‘til 7.30 PM, the wait was so worth it, as Queen Haley came back with another short set to entertain us. This time, she went acoustic with just a guitar player. As soon as she was done with "Wasted Tears" and "Hit the Ground Runnin’", she finally wrapped the show up with a slowed down version of "Free" by popular demand. 

There was a fun singing game where five chosen fans got to sing along with Miss Haley herself to Aerosmith's "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing", followed by a brief group photo session for all the fans. The night closed with a buffet-style dinner consisting of favorites like beef steak, mashed potatoes, tuna canapé and pudding. 

I did get to chat with Haley herself, though we all got timed so everything felt so rushed. I'm sure I'll see her again one fine day, though, maybe when I'm back in the States soon. We waited for our cars together so we got to bid each other farewell (score!). Reinhart dreamin’ all weekend long, baby! Shindig! :) 

Haley - "Bennie and the Jets" (X Factor Indonesia)

Haley - "Wasted Tears"

Haley Greets Jakarta Fans, Talks The Beatles and Says "I Love You" in Indonesian

Haley and Rini - "Call Me" (Blondie cover)

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