American Idol Season 14 finalist Quentin Alexander seemingly insulted the show by calling it ‘wack’ during the live broadcast on Wednesday, April 15, in Los Angeles.
“The soul singer got Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go Away” for his first song and was not pleased to hear Harry Connick Jr. tell him he was overshadowed by the backup band. Alexander was visibly upset by the comment, and when host Ryan Seacrest asked him what he was thinking, he wasn’t shy about sharing his opinion about the entire competition.”
“This s*cks. We’ve got two of the best vocalists — my best friend is sitting over there,” Alexander says while pointing at Joey Cook and Rayvon Owen sitting in the Bottom 2 chairs, knowing one of them will be eliminated by the end of the show. “This whole thing is wack, but I’m going to shut up right now.”
His remark triggered verbal confrontation from judge Harry Connick Jr., who advised the contestant: “If it’s that wack, then you can always go home,” Harry responded.
“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 New Orleans, Louisiana native then clarified his comments by saying he was saying it was “wack” that two of the best performers were in the bottom two. “For my personal feelings, it s*cks to see two people who I’ve grown to love go home. That’s what I mean by it being wack. So I’m not disrespecting this competition,” he said.
To watch the original showdown, skip to 3:15 in the video below: