‘American Idol’ Recap: Quentin Alexander And Harry Connick Jr. Butt Heads
Joey Cook was sent home and Quentin Alexander got into a heated argument with judge Harry Connick Jr. when the Top 7 performed on American Idol.
The top 6 were crowned Wednesday night and each contestant performed twice to prove to America why they should move forward in the competition.
Tyana Jones was the first singer declared safe on Wednesday night’s show, and she took the stage singing “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” for her first song. The judges were pretty happy with her performance, but they also worried that Tyana wasn’t showing them enough grit and edge. She’s sweet, there’s no doubt about it, but she’s going to need to show America more if she wants to move forward.
For her second song, Tyana upped her energy and sass levels with “Proud Mary.” Harry Connick Jr. called it a perfect performance.
Clark Beckham was the next singer to move into the Top 6, performing Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.” Clark’s surprisingly playful performance earned approval from the judges, and Keith Urban was particularly in love with the performance.
Clark showed off his musical prowess, switching from guitar to piano for his second performance, singing “Moon River.”
Jax followed Tyana and Clark into the Top 6 and performed “Piece of My Heart.” Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban were seen bobbing their heads along to Jax’s smooth performance.
Jax delivered yet another energetic performance with her second song choice: “Beat It.”
Nick Fradiani was next through, and he took out his guitar for an almost-acoustic performance of “American Girl” that had J Lo dancing in her seat.
Nick’s second performance, a stripped down rendition of “Only the Good Die Young,” showed off his slow and steady vocals.
Quentin Alexander: “This Is Wack”
Quentin Alexander earned the fifth spot in the Top 6, leaving Joey Cook and Rayvon Owen in the bottom two, set to perform for the Idol save and the last spot in the Top 6. Quentin made his way through his first performance, Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” but the judges all noted that his vocals were far from perfect. “The pitch thing is all over the place,” J Lo noted.
And that’s when things got a bit heated: when given the opportunity to respond, Quentin, who was visibly upset, said, “This sucks.” When Ryan Seacrest asked Quentin to clarify, Quentin motioned to Joey and Rayvon sitting in the bottom two and said, “My best friend is sitting over there…this whole thing is wack. But I’m gonna shut up now.”
Quentin left the stage, but Harry Connick Jr. ordered him back to the stage, displeased with Quentin’s outburst. “If it’s wack, you can always go home,” Connick Jr. said.
“Idol is paying a lot of money to give you this experience and for you to say that to the hand that’s feeding you right now is highly disrespectful,” Connick Jr. added.
Quentin was able to keep it together and calmly explained himself. “When I said that this was wack… For my personal feelings, it sucks to see two people that I’ve grown to love go home. That’s what I meant by it being wack. So I’m not disrespecting this competition… I’m glad I got to clarify it for you,” Quentin said, essentially expressing what viewers wish they could say to the judges every single episode.
After his second performance – a shaky rendition of “The Sound of Silence” – J Lo gave Quentin some words of advice, cautioning him to learn how to control his emotions a bit more on stage. She also told Quentin that she knew he has a good heart, and her fellow judges nodded along, though neither Connick Jr. nor Urban mentioned Quentin’s dramatics.
“It wasn’t my intention to disrespect anyone. It was just a matter of my opinion. I can’t help the way I feel,” Quentin responded.
Joey Cook’s first time up, she performed the jazzy ballad “My Funny Valentine.”
Joey showed range in her next folksy performance of “Somebody to Love,” hoping to earn America’s votes. The upbeat track proved Joey can deliver in any genre, but was it enough to get a spot in the Top 6?
As for Rayvon Owen, now a bottom two regular, he started off with “Long Train Running.”
Rayvon followed up the energetic performance with “Always on My Mind.”
Joey Cook Eliminated
Once Joey and Rayvon had performed their last songs, Ryan Seacrest put their fate in the hands of the viewers. The viewers had five minutes to tweet #SaveRayvon or #SaveJoey, and they saved…Rayvon!
Moving on into the Top 6 are Rayvon Owen, Nick Fradiani, Jax, Tyanna Jones, Clark Beckham and Quentin Alexander.
American Idol’s Top 6 will return next Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Fox.