Harry Connick Jr. Battles With Contestant Quentin Alexander!
Harry Connick Jr. was not in the best of moods last night when he took on final six “American Idol” contestant Quentin Alexander. After Quentin, 21 from New Orleans performed his first song, it was revealed that Joey Cook and Rayvon Owen were in the bottom two. This meant that they had to fight for America’s save. Mr Alexander, though safe himself, was not happy with what the outcome for his fellow singers could be: “We have two of the best vocalists, my best friend is sitting over there. This whole thing is wack, but I’m going to shut up right now.”
Someone who could not keep his mouth shut was Connick who chimed in quite quickly at what he thought was a commercial break but was actually live. “Quentin, if it’s that wack, then you can always go home because Idol is paying a lot of money to give you this experience and for you to say that to this hand that is feeding you right now, I think is highly disrespectful,” the Idol judge said. What he did not get quite seem to understand was that Quentin meant no disrespect to the competition but rather thought that the bottom two should not have been where they were. Take a look at the exchange from “American Idol” last night:
Quentin was very moody for the rest of the show but eventually, after his second song, everything seemingly calmed down. It was JOEY COOK (the best friend) who was sent home while Rayvon Owen will live to see another week. After the show, Connick explained to E! the whole debacle that happened with he and Alexander. Fellow judges Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez did not say much during the show, though Lopez did notice that Alexander did not seem himself after the exchange.
Post-show, she had this to say: “Listen, I understand what it is to have emotions, to be emotional, to feel deeply. We all do. But when you’re in show business, it is your job to be in control and always put your best foot forward. Always. It’s called show business. You can go home and complain later…” And as for Harry Connick Jr? “I felt for him even before he had a chance to explain. I feel for all of them. I think he probably wishes he could have that back, but he came out and said, ‘I didn’t mean any disrespect’ and it’s in the rearview mirror now.”
What were your thoughts on the exchange? Do you think Quentin was being rude or was legitimately upset and emotional? Let us know.