Quentin Alexander and Harry Connick Jr. had a spat during last night’s episode of American Idol, and it started a lot of buzz on social media. The argument happened after Alexander’s first performance of the night, according to Us Magazine. He performed a cover of the Lenny Kravitz song “Are You Gonna Go My Way.”
After the performance, Ryan Seacrest decided to talk to the singer a bit because it was obvious that something was bothering him. He told Seacrest that was upset because “we’ve got two of the best vocalists, my best friend, sitting over there, this whole thing is wack, but I’m going to shut up right now.”
Seacrest did try to settle the singer down, but it was Harry Connick Jr. that needed to be settled down after Alexander’s comments. Alexander was headed backstage when Harry asked Seacrest about the remarks. He wanted to make sure they were still on-air. Once he had that clear, he spoke up about Alexander’s comments.
“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.”
After Connick spoke, Alexander returned to the American Idol stage, and he walked over to the judge’s table. Jennifer Lopez looked uncomfortable as the scene unfolded.
Alexander quickly defended his statements. He made it clear that he was not calling the whole series wack. He was speaking about his friends. Connick then made it clear that this was a competition. The spat ended soon after. You can see the entire confrontation in the video below.
After the episode, Alexander spoke with People Magazine about the Harry Connick Jr. confrontation.
“In that moment, I was just being honest. I felt genuine emotion, and it came out. What kind of threw me off was how he said, ‘If you think it is wack, you can go home.’ If you think I’m being rude, to be disrespectful back isn’t right. Two wrongs don’t make a right. He said I could leave. I know I can leave. He can leave as well, but he chooses to be here because he loves to do what he’s doing. And that’s the same for me. Ryan just asked how I was feeling, and I was honest. I was upset.”
Alexander was upset because his best friend Joey Cook was set for elimination. She was sent home at the end of the broadcast. Alexander also shared his feelings about his friend’s elimination with People magazine.
“My fear was that they’re going to pit both of us against each other [in the bottom two], but I was also very uncomfortable that I [got voted through] and she didn’t. But I’m happy that she gets to branch out and flourish now because she is a monster. She gets the chance to fly now – to soar.”
The confrontation between the two is still stirring up people on social media. Many of the tweets posted from American Idol fans are showing Quentin Alexander support for speaking his mind.
@QAlexanderXIV remember one thing… It’s not what you say but how you say it!!
— Danielle (@vaccadan66) April 16, 2015
— Tony Fisch (@TonyFisch) April 16, 2015
— AshPie (@fed_fan81) April 16, 2015
@QAlexanderXIV So proud of you yesterday for standing firm and raw. Harry was totally out of line to suggest leaving. Young ppl have voices.
— Georges Bolduc (@pureincredible) April 16, 2015
@QAlexanderXIV we all have your back
— Sarah (@smdavren) April 16, 2015
— Childish Kelbino (@Kelbeezy21) April 16, 2015
Alexander has many fans. According to a previous Inquisitr report, Kelly Clarkson revealed that she was a fan of his eyes. She also sent him a note after she mentored the contestants earlier this month. Her note said, “I want to make sweet love to those eyes.”
What do you think of the fight between Harry Connick Jr. and Quentin Alexander? Was Alexander wrong to speak up?
[Photo: American Idol Net Twitter]