She began singing when she was 8 years old, and she performed with her parents’ band, Midnight, which covers rock songs from the ’60s and ’70s. After graduating high school in 2009, Reinhart attended Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, in 2009-2010, studying jazz.
She has performed at the 2009 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland with her high school's jazz bandand at Harper College with the college's Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Lab.
But obviously, the singer also known as Mercedes Jones made it onto the Fox Network anyway.
(And one of her biggest standout solo performances on ' Glee' was "And I Am Telling You," a song famously performed by Idols like Jennifer Hudson and La Kisha Jones.) "You know what? Thank you, ' American Idol,'" Amber later gloated to Access Hollywood.
Pia Toscano and Jared Lee are taking the advice of Buddy the Elf.
The former American Idol finalist and the singer/songwriter understand that the best way to spread holiday cheer is to sing loud for all to hear.
Reinhart first auditioned for season 9 of American Idol in Chicago, but did not advance to the Hollywood round.
Reinhart returned for the tenth season of Idol the following year in Milwaukee, and this time was put through to Hollywood, eventually making it through to the Top 24 & became part of the top 3 along with Lauren Alaina & Scotty Mc Creery.
Smith - a professional dancer - captioned an Instagram photo of the couple on January 1: 'The #New Year countdown with my future Mrs. A toast to topping every year we've all ever lived.
During her time on the show, Reinhart developed a loyal fanbase, known as "Haliens", who appreciated her willingness to take on songs such as the Elton John classic Bennie and the Jets that no one else was willing to sing.
However her efforts to take on challenging songs & her amazing performances made her a target of criticism by the judges, mostly by Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez.
Due to the elimination of Pia Toscano, Reinhart became one of only two women (Lauren Alaina being the other) left on the show.
On May 19, 2011, Reinhart finished in third place, leaving only Alaina & Mc Creery, both country singers, left.