Singer and flamboyant American Idol contestant Quentin Alexander apologized on camera last week to the American Idol judges right after his emotional outburst. The contrite Quentin, who was angry at the prospect of his fellow competitors being eliminated, directed his “no disrespect” message especially to Harry Connick, Jr.–the judge who thought Quentin was a little too petulant for his position.
But America loves people who fight for what they believe in–and America also appreciates a public display of compassion. Quentin was just expressing his deep feelings of camaraderie with performers like his BFF Joey Cook, who looked like they weren’t going to make it. (She didn’t.) Will the lingering effect of Quentin’s outburst hurt or help him with voters this week? After all, the judges constantly say it’s not just the voice, it’s the attitude. Joey Cook said what Quentin did was “beautiful.” Will her voters, now that she’s eliminated, throw over to Quentin out of loyalty? Harry Connick Jr. doesn’t get a vote. American Idol airs Wednesdays at 8pm on Fox.