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American Idol Contestant Quentin Alexander Bares It All
By Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer
Published April 17, 2015

 Quentin Alexander Shares Feelings About Idol Contestants

Quentin Alexander (Mesiyah McGinnis/LA Sentinel)

If you’re an idol viewer you saw things get a little awkward on American Idol during Top 7 week when contestant Quentin Alexander told Ryan Seacrest about his feelings after his first performance. Judge Harry Connick, Jr. took issue with what Alexander said and the night took an uneasy turn from there. 


“This sucks,” the 21-year-old told the Idol host after the judges commented on his performance of Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way.” “We’ve got two of the best vocalists, my best friend [Joey], sitting over there. This whole thing is wack, but I’m going to shut up right now.” Alexander was speaking of Idol vocalists Rayvon Owens and his “best friend” Joey Cook. Every week two contestants who had the least amount of America’s votes face being cut from the competition.

Connick, Jr., 47, wasn’t happy with his perceived criticism of the show, shooting back, “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.”

Still live, Quentin defended himself and walked back out to explain to Connick that he was not downsizing American Idol. “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 mean by it being wack. So I’m not disrespecting this competition. I’m glad I got to clarify it for you.”

Alexander hold’s up issue of LA Sentinel spotlighting him and his African American show counterparts Rayvon Owens and Tyanna Jones. (Mesiyah McGinnis/LA Sentinel)

Let’s be honest. Connick took offense to a comment that most audience members and viewers realized that Alexander had no quarrel with the judges. This is a reality show with seven contestants fighting for their dreams. Emotions are raw and real. Over the course of several months, these contestants live, practice and socialize together. They become family and sincere feelings grow for one another.

“I wasn’t disrespecting the competition, the brand, judges [or] the contestants. I was having a general emotion. You know my friends are being put up to be stripped away and it was wack. What Harry said gave me a chance to clarify. That’s not what I meant and I understand how it was misunderstood, but this is a reality show and reality is, we are humans,” Alexander told the Sentinel of the exchange. “We feel emotions, we love each other. And we hurt when we are stripped away from each other, but we’re kind of expected to smile and be happy.”


As an audience member I didn’t see anything wrong with Quentin’s remarks until Connick took it there. Week after Week I have seen Quentin’s personality and from my observation he is a sweet young man who has been raised well. He honestly wears his heart on his sleeves. Could his feelings be expressed with different word choices? Yes, however that wouldn’t be his real personality.

The public has to remember that these contestants are living their lives now for the first time in the public. Things that could be said in private or normally amongst a group of people cannot be said publicly in front of millions. I told him that in the future he should take a moment out to figure out how to express himself accordingly especially as a Black male performer; because everything he says and does will be misinterpreted by the general public.

“As an artist, I will forever be honest. I’m going to forever be open and vulnerable. I want you to see what I’m feeling because that’s what a lot of artists today are missing,” he said. Quentin is a true artist at his prime. He is able to recognize his talents and admit his feelings. Hopefully, this doesn’t affect his place in the possible top five next week.

 American Idol airs Wednesdays on FOX (8 p.m. ET/ PT).

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