American Idol Recap: Bad Harry Day

Over the course of 14 seasons, American Idol has had its fair share of uncomfortable moments.

Chris Daughtry serving up a “Wait, I got eliminated?” grimace. Paula Abdul critiquing a song Jason Castro was about 45 minutes away from covering. (Fret not, old girl will be back in a judging capacity this summer on Fox!) Danny Gokey trying to out-Adam Adam Lambert — and failing like a 5-year-old taking the AP Physics exam — on “Dream On.”

Tonight, however, The House That Spawned Two Terrible Movies: From Justin to Kelly and That Fantasia Barrino Mess on Lifetime, reached a new level of awkward with a very unfortunate, very unnecessary showdown between sensitive artiste Quentin Alexander and the judgiest judge that ever passed too-hasty judgment, Harry Connick Jr.

MB2_5632_original_hires1If you missed it, here’s a quick primer: When Quentin’s name was called to perform, his BFF Joey Cook (whose wedding he’ll officiate later this year) and pal Rayvon Owen were left in jeopardy as the week’s Bottom 2. When he’d finished singing, the New Orleans retail worker looked sad, some might even say sulky, prompting the following conversation:

Ryan Seacrest: Tell me what’s on your mind.
Quentin: This sucks.
Ryan: OK, what sucks? Tell me what sucks?
Quentin (gesturing to Joey and Rayvon): We have two of the best vocalists… my best friend is sitting over there. This whole thing is wack. But I’m gonna shut up right now.
Harry (after making sure the cameras were still running): Quentin! 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 it’s highly disrespectful.

I’ll pause here to note that Quentin didn’t speak until prompted by someone with an immeasurably greater degree of live TV experience. And I’ll also add that it was pretty clear that Quentin wasn’t “disrespecting” the Idol process, but offering his authentic, unfiltered emotions about the reality that one of his friends (and fellow artists) was about to see his or her dream come to an end.

Have we reached a point in Idol‘s evolution where contestants should respond to “Tell me what’s on your mind” like they’re brainwashed cult members whose only emotions are shiny, happy and pre-chewed and who are angling for a guest spot on a Barney & Friends revival?

MB2_5349_hires1Quentin, who’d already left the stage when Harry began speaking, actually strolled back out to the judges’ table to explain to Harry that he wasn’t lashing out at the Idol process, but rather trying to say that “it sucks to see two people who I’ve grown to love going home.” (Come on, this was already obvious to 90 percent of viewers, no?)

“That wasn’t clear,” continued Harry. At which point Quentin, understandably exasperated, read Harry for filth: “And I’m glad that I got to clarify it for you.

Update: YouTube embed of the incident now added to this recap (scroll below it for performance grades/commentary):

Whether you’re #TeamHarry or #TeamQuentin, though, the judge-contestant dustup sat as comfortably as a trip to an all-you-can-eat burrito bar in one’s stomach for the rest of the episode. And that’s a damn shame, seeing how an entertainment pro like Harry shoulda known better the Season 14 Top 7 offered up some good-to-fantastic performances (with only a few stinkers in the mix)!

To make matters worse, Harry later told Clark Beckham that he was quite possible “the only musician left in the competition” — resulting in the first synchronized, six-person side-eye in live television history. And then, after Quentin’s second performance (and the contestant reiterating he’d meant no disrespect to the Idol process with his prior comments) Ryan Seacrest goaded him by blurting, “I honestly though you were gonna go hit him — and I was gonna have to step in.”

“I was raised way better than that,” responded Quentin, shutting Ryan down without the slightest hint of a smile. I wasn’t smiling, either, but rather, grimacing at Ryan raising the completely unfounded idea that a black male contestant was prone to violence. (Especially since Quentin’s been as peaceful as a yoga-class “ohm” all season!)

MB2_5165_hires1That said, keeping in mind that Idol is supposed to be about the contestants and their music, let’s get to tonight’s letter grades and performance reviews:

Tyanna Jones – Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers’ “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” — Grade: B- | A clean, pretty vocal delivered, unfortunately, with very little oomph or originality. I know she’s 16 and I know she’s crazy talented, but there’s got to be more to a Top 5 contestant than this, no?

MB2_5268_hires1Clark Beckham – Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” — Grade: A | I was momentarily thrown when Clark kicked things off (his back to the audience) strumming an electric guitar and scatting with abandon, but the jazzy intro set the tone for a grimy-soulful jam-band success. I loved how Clark kept rocking forward and backward toward the mic stand, as if he was feeling the music so deeply that it took total control of his body and how his face registered the vibe of his performance, too. The zhuzh’d-up hair and crisp white dress shirt helped complete what was Clark’s personal best this season.

Jax – Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart” — Grade: A- | Jax is the seventh person to cover “Piece of My Heart” on Idol in 14 seasons — never a good ratio on a show that often rewards performances labeled “And now for something really different.” Jax’s brassy, soulful take on the song — with a few Janis-esque sing-speak interludes and some really fine riffs — had enough urgency and vocal horsepower that I fell under its spell and didn’t even think about all the prior versions from seasons past. Even with the help of a wind machine, that’s no small accomplishment.

MB2_5537_original_hires1Nick Fradiani – Tom Petty’s “American Girl” — Grade: B | Nick admitted in his pre-performance package that he’s been midpack all season — and declared he was ready for a rockin’ breakthrough moment. Yet while “American Girl” was a very solid cover, how was it really any different from anything Nick’s delivered over the past two months (or from Tom Petty’s original)? “Handsome guy playing acoustic guitar and singing earnestly while mostly in tune” is not the strategy to leapfrog Clark Beckham in the Idol pecking order. I’m still waiting for the guy lay bare his emotions on the Idol stage — to prove he’s willing (and able) to break hearts, get angry, raise pulses or any other response beyond making voters say, “Well that was nice!”

Quentin Alexander – Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way” — Grade: B | With his crazy silver mesh shirt and Aztec sun ritual vest, Quentin once again proved you can bring a little jaunt and excitement into viewers’ living rooms before you’ve sung a single note. Trouble was, not all of those notes landed where they should’ve — particularly in the garbled final third of the number. And yet at the same time, I agreed with Keith that Quentin’s ability to lay back into the band’s booming arrangement, to be the quiet at the center of the rock-n-roll storm, was hard not to enjoy. And hey, at least dude addressed the “Quentin only sings midtempo” critique he’s been getting all season.

Joey Cook – “My Funny Valentine” (from Babes in Arms) — Grade: B | There’s a beautifully raggedy quality to Joey’s voice when she goes inward and introspective — a trait that you could hear as the purple-haired beauty played around with the phrasing of the opening verse. Alas, though, as the jazz standard continued, and Joey hit a series of flat notes while attempting to “go big” and prove she’s got chops to match her quirk, there was a sense she’d gotten a tad too ambitious with song choice. (After all, “My Funny Valentine” shoulda had its number retired and hung from the rafters after Melinda Doolittle tackled it in Season 6.)

MB2_5875_hires1Rayvon Owen – The Doobie Brothers’ “Long Train Runnin'” — Grade: C- | Rayvon’s been fighting for his Idol existence for weeks now, and he chooses to do a synchronized shuffle (flanked by similarly moving background singers) while gasping for breath through most of the opening verse? On a song that has no real emotional heft? Who’s mentoring this kid? Randy Jackson?! OK, the vocal improved thereafter, but the multiple “come on, everybody help me sing this song!” shout-outs seemed like a slightly sad attempt to offer caffeine pills to an audience that was already cutting zzz’s.

Clark Beckham – “Moon River” (from Breakfast at Tiffany’s) — Grade: B- | As perfectly as Clark’s white shirt fit him on “Superstition” — yes, I had to bring it up again — “Moon River” felt a little tight on the Season 14 front-runner’s voice. There was something surprisingly haggard about his tone, and a lethargic quality to his delivery, that stood in stark contrast to the star quality that shone through on his earlier performance. Was it terrible? No. Will I remember it by the time summer rolls around? Highly doubtful.

Tyanna Jones – Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary” — Grade: B- | I almost gave this performance a C+, except that Tyanna hit almost all of her notes, and that’s got to count for something, yes? The “take it slow” opening verse, though, was so sluggish that the high-energy second half seemed almost… forced? inauthentic? jarring? I’m not entirely sure why I couldn’t get on board with a number Harry insisted was nearly perfect, except maybe this song (by anyone other than John Fogerty or Tina Turner) screams “Talent show!” And by Top 6, you should be shaking off that cloak and proving to us the artist you want to be in the world when the show is done.

Nick Fradiani – Billy Joel’s “Only the Good Die Young” — Grade: A- | Billy Joel’s tale of Catholic schoolgirl seduction is a tough one to truncate to 90 seconds. Yet while Nick’s cover left out any mention of “Virginia” (AKA the object of the song’s desire), his slowed-down, stripped-down arrangement, combined with the more universal vibe of the lyrics he chose, made this the night’s most interesting performance. In a note for note comparison, Nick’s probably not going to outlast Clark or Rayvon, so here’s hoping her keeps using his extensive experience and innate musicianship (yes, Harry, I called Nick a musician) to keep delivering unexpected treats.

Quentin Alexander – Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” — Grade: A- | J.Lo used Quentin’s second performance to lecture him about his prior emotional outburst. Harry made another swipe at the guy’s pitch. And I found myself screaming at the TV, “SHUT YOUR PIE-HOLES, JUDGES!” Because despite a couple bumps in pitch, Quentin’s moody, mystical cover was exquisite and oh-so-memorable. The guy is a great storyteller whose phrasing and shading make every word and every note resonate. Given the choice of being impressed by a vocalist’s technique or wowed by their depth of feeling, I’ll always choose the latter. And I’m not saying those things are mutually exclusive: In fact, I’d argue if Quentin’s technique was as subpar as Harry would have us believe, there’s no way so many folks would be floating along on the dude’s magic carpet — with no intention of ending the journey.

MB2_6246_hires1Jax – Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” — Grade: C | All season long I’ve bristled as I’ve read comments about Jax not being a genuine personality — or about her choices in the competition coming off as contrived. To me, she’s a very talented teenager who’s not afraid of taking crazy risks as she explores the outer limits of what she can achieve and who she wants to be as an artist. (Since when do we not want fun and fearless in our pop stars?) That said, to my ears, her arrangement and delivery of “Beat It” went past the aforementioned boundaries of Jax’s artistry and into “Oh girl, no!” territory. The way she growled like a wannabe hair-metal artist every time she hit the word “fight,” the way she dropped to her knees and played to the camera, the frenetic quality of her phrasing — it all seemed as highly charged and messy as Jax’s static-electricity-plagued hair. Do I respect Jax for going big? Heck yes! Am I worried it might lead to her going home? Just a little.

Rayvon Owen – Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind” — Grade: B+ | This was verrrry close to the kind of performance that might actually earn Rayvon a spot in the Top 5 (and on the Idol tour). I mean, “Always on My Mind” gave us all a reminder of the freshly-groomed chinchilla luxuriousness of Rayvon’s tone — and some of his runs were crazy-masterful, too. But while the little breaks in his voice on the chorus drilled down further into Rayvon’s emotional core than we’ve been since Hollywood Week, I’d still like to see him realize there’s a difference between delivering a pretty vocal and capturing the true beauty of music. This might just come down to song choice — the fact that “Always on My Mind” has been covered one too many times in the reality singing space or that it didn’t tell us if Rayvon’s capable of pushing outside his comfort zone and giving us some sense of surprise.

MB2_6453_hires1Joey Cook – Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love” — Grade: A- | If Joey had to leave at No. 7 — Gah! The woman who gave us “Fancy,” “King of Spain” and “Miss Independent” didn’t make the Idol summer tour?! — then I’m happy her final impression was a blugrass-y, O, Brother Where Art Thou?-esque spin on a classic rock anthem. On a karaoke rating machine, she’d probably have scored lower than Rayvon, thanks to a few nervous wobbles that pulled her under the melody here and there. But the raw originality and genuine pleading Joey brought to the tune, the way she broke up the propulsive rhythm of the chorus with haunting, growling verses, made for one heckuva rollercoaster ride. Actually, you could say that about her entire Idol journey.

Oh, did I mention Joey and Rayvon were this week’s Bottom 2 — with their dual performances serving as their pitches to the public to save ’em via Twitter? Naturally, this sent me into a tweeting frenzy:

MB2_6514_hires1-2Eliminated: Joey
Saved (again!): Rayvon

Should Be Next Week’s Bottom Two: Rayvon, Tyanna (Tyanna going home)
Will Be Next Week’s Bottom Two: Rayvon, Jax (Rayvon going home)

On that note, I turn it over to you! What did you think of Top 7 performance night? Who were your faves? Who’s at risk? Did the right contestant get “Twitter Saved”? Take our poll below, then sound off in the comments!



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839 Comments
  1. luke says:

    Jennifer Lopez is a joke. I wouldn’t let her review the bottom of my shoe for goat turds…

    • Gailer says:

      I demand new producers and judges! Back to the good old days

      • Jill Moy says:

        GALLER,

        Yeah, we’ll go back to the old days when a babbling baby sounding Fantasia wins, Jen Hudson 7th and another year Carrie wins, a singer with no vibrato and had the showmanship of a mummy! Proves sub-par singers have careers while superior talent….Alice Fredenham, Doolittle and others….don’t!

        • Rip Tide says:

          The good old days at least had 37 million viewers. You’ll be lucky to be seeing this show pull a 1.0 with 4 million by the finale. Those are SYTYCD numbers (which is a better show by a mile).

          • Jill Moy says:

            RIP TIDE,

            You are correct! I think people want good talent to win, not average! These judges don’t help ratings either!

          • michelle says:

            still an idol fan from the beginning, but i don’t think the original idol would work today. back then it was the only show like that on TV and it was groundbreaking. now with so much competition people are expecting so much more. One thing AI has over the voice is that we remember the contestants for years to come, while on the voice i forget them as soon as they are eliminated.

          • MAB says:

            So true. That is why I will always love Idol more than The Voice. The format of The Voice’s live shows just go to fast. You have no time to get to know the contestants. Also. People complain that the judges are mean with their critiques of their favorites but I rather have that much more than The Voice judges blowing smoke up the contestants a$$Es. Everyone is the best thing ever or they never had a contestant like this. (Blake). Or if you pick me I will get you to the Finale. (Adam). To me it gets boring. The Voice has only been around for 4 years. I don’t believe it will make it to 14 years like Idol did. Every season I feel Ike I am watching the same show I did last season. Don’t get me wrong, I watch it but it will never have the place in my heart that Idol does.

          • Becky says:

            I 100% agree!

          • Greta says:

            Slezak’s review of the Harry/Quentin incident left out the fact that Harry had just given an honest (but tough) review of his performance of “Are You Gonna Go My Way” …. and Quentin looked PISSED afterwards. That kid has a real attitude; so angry. And by the way, Harry was right: The arrangement of “Are You Gonna Go My Way” was identical to Lenny Kravitz’s, Quentin sang it exactly the same and he even dressed and looked like Lenny. The whole thing was like watching cheap karaoke or an Impersonator Contest.

          • karyn says:

            @Greta – ITA! Karaoke is exactly the word for Quentin’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” right down to the outfit that was practically a Lenny Kravitz costume. I don’t get the high grade Michael gave this performance or the positive reviews the judge’s gave it (even Harry despite his, deserved, comments to Quentin about pitch). If Simon were still around he’d have called it karaoke and indulgent at the same time.

          • Ray says:

            I concur.

          • Alan Dvorkis says:

            Could not agree more. Slezak loves Quentin. Every week Melinda tells him that he is wrong. It is subjective, but in this instance, Michael is absolutely biased. The kids moody renditions work occasionally, when they are not out of tune, but they are now getting repetitive. His karaoke Kravitz and destruction of one of the great songs of the century had better put him in the bottom 2 with even more boring Rayvon

        • jen mac says:

          Absolutely!!!

          • Jill Moy says:

            I always thought Joey was a clown who couldn’t sing. I stated it right from the start! Next, I hope Jax goes, another joke (JOAX)!

          • Jill Moy says:

            Well, you know what’s happens on talent shows, especially AI when a performer speaks out of line or has ANY TYPE of confrontation with a judge or band member (remember when a singe said Ricky had a short person thing…he was GONE)?? Q should have KEPT HIS THOUGHTS TO HIMSELF! He should not have used the word “SUCKS” (twice), which was very childish! I pray it doesn’t effect voters but HE WILL LOSE SOME VOTES! In this instance, SILENCE IS GOLDEN! I feel, he may be in bottom 2 next week, as a result of his speaking when it could have been avoided!

          • There has always been something magical about American Idol. Each season has had a “best performance ever” moment. I just love the show. This season, The Voice has some outstanding contestants, but I don’t feel like I know any of them.

        • shawnuel says:

          Melinda Doolittle has a pretty decent career, actually. Her debut album was, possibly, the best (in an artistic sense….not sales wise) of any idol album (that I’ve heard).

          • Jill Moy says:

            I agree! Melinda deserves to be a superstar! I feel she has the finest voice of ANY IDOL EVER, and that includes Jen Hudson!

          • Greta says:

            Melinda is a goddess.
            The end.

          • Hayder B. Hayden says:

            Ummm….not so much. Melinda is one of the most talented pure vocalists in AI history, but that talent has not translated into very much success. One LP and two EPs have totaled approximately 56,000 units in total sales. Hardly the career of a successful recording artist.

        • Becky says:

          I disagree but then I like country. I also disagree I definitely think Fantasia was a wasted win. Jennifer Hudson great. Can’t even remember some of those in between

          • Jill Moy says:

            HAYDER,

            We are trying to say is she’s a great singer! We can’t help it if the public wants to buy terrible singers like Britney and Taylor’s music and not Melinda’s! It doesn’t matter how many records those two sell, they stink and Melinda can out sing them with a mouth full of food in her mouth!

          • ben says:

            You mean, as opposed to a mouthful of food if her BELLY? lol

          • Kevin says:

            Fantasia is a household name as well as Jennifer Hudson. I don’t know why you consider it a wasted win, when she did go on to have a decent career. Now, Ruben on the other hand…..

        • I think the comment means days with Simon and a better honest less “look at me” kind of team of judges.

          • Greta says:

            This season of Idol is finally getting some attention. And why?
            Because of a stupid fight between a judge and a contestant.
            So depressing.

        • JoMarch says:

          You’re sounding (rightfully) cynical and disgusted, but unfortunately what you described is the way of the world. Your list of little-talented people that are successful in the music business ould have gone on and on if you included those not on AI as well.

        • Amanda says:

          I have to disagree, Fantasia RULED that season! J-Hud is great, don’t get me wrong, but it wasn’t her time that year. Now she went to the studio and prefected her craft and came out swinging, and NOW she’s a powerhouse. But when she was on Idol, she was good, but not winning good!

          • JM1 says:

            Yep, Amanda! Love or hate her, Fantasia slayed it in her season, and deserved the win. Even if someone doesn’t like her, they can’t honestly say she’s not talented.
            As for J. Hud, she was still a work in progress back then and not quite ready for the win (I thought back then that she sang and performed a little bit spastically). She did the smart thing and seized the opportunity to learn and improve.

          • JayNC says:

            Yes, people forget how it was in season 3, or else they never actually watched it. Jennifer Hudson just wasn’t that good back then. I keep track of these things (I am an AI geek) and I had her ranked #6 that year in my order of preference, with Fantasia, LaToya London, George Huff, Diana DeGarmo, and even Amy Adams ahead of her. She was in the bottom 3 twice before she was finally eliminated.

        • ben says:

          Wow, amazing how that pitiful Carrie has continued to fool everyone with her lousy, no vibrato singing, all the way to countless gold records and other awards. Say, you’d be one helluva judge, ya know it?!

          • Jill Moy says:

            TO ALL THE HATERS,

            YES, I am a good judge of talent, great in fact! My record of picking winnrrs and second place is impeccable! Sometimes I only hear one singer and announce him or her as winner and they win! CWB on Voice last year was one! I haved judged….you don’t know me! Good singers have no sales, bad do! Underwood is average! Britney can’t sing Happy Birthday in tune yet she sells!

            HATERS, PUT THAT IN YOUR PIPES AND SMOKE IT!

          • ben says:

            HATERS?! Well, listen to you. Had a hard, no respect life, have we? So… let me make sure I have this right. Lousy singers do very well in the music business. On the other hand, truly great singers flop? Yeah. OK. Pick out a few who made it with gimmicks and pronounce that the RULE. How absurd. Further, your bragging about picking all these winners merely shows that you agree with the millions of experts who voted. No? TOUCHE, my dear.

        • Jill Moy says:

          This blog calls what happened THE GREAT IDOL FIGHT! This is blown out of proportion! This was no big deal or a fight!

        • Jill Moy says:

          I never haved liked Jax or Rayvon but Rayvon wasn’t bad….he improved! Quentin MAY go in bottom 2 (only because of incident, not his singing)! I feel Jax should finally go home! She’s definately the wrakest contestant remaining ! I hope USA gets it right!

      • BobL says:

        The producers have always been way too heavy-handed, rather than just letting the season play out. I actually think this has been the best judging year since Simon. Harry and Keith at least are almost always giving good, constructive criticism. What the show really needs, though, is a new mentor. Borchetta is a complete tool who spews nothing but B.S. and cliches. Talk about a guy I wish I could buy at my price and sell at his.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          I agree with your comments about the judging, BobL. I don’t understand why people keep complaining about the judges. We’ve come a long way from “That was beautiful”.

        • Amy says:

          Thank you Bob, for saying what I’ve been thinking, in spades, about Borchetta. ..EVERYtime he (and his slick hair and shiny, phony-expresseioned face) is on screen. I thought Jimmy Iovine was better. But comparisons aside…he was my biggest surprise this season…never expected one so successful in the biz to seem so….lame, shallow and cliche’ sounding. Shows you a lot about where Idol & “the music biz” is at, I guess.

          • Me. says:

            I really think they aren’t editing him very well. He seems to have spent more time with these kids than anyone in the past. Look how well they are doing now. I thought his clips with them last night were interesting. Talking to them about what they need to do to go further. I really think what we are seeing is all in the editing. The guys knows how to make superstars.

          • T says:

            I so agree! I cant even watch him he bothers me so much. I didn’t like Randy in that role either. Jimmy Iovine all the way!

          • JayNC says:

            Don’t judge him based on what AI chooses to show us in the broadcast. You don’t know what is happening during the week.

        • karyn says:

          I don’t think Borchetta’s useless but I hope he is doing more than giving them locker room speeches about being themselves and the other blah blah blah they were showing last night. They need actual constructive input on song choice, dynamics, staging, wardrobe and INTONATION that I fear they aren’t getting from anyone in the Idol machine.

          The judges are giving good constructive critiques this year but the time limits mean they can’t get more specific than “you need to work on intonation” or dynamics, etc. I’m not suggesting they should go into more detail on the show, just that someone behind the scenes needs to.

        • The Beach says:

          Except that Keith has become the new Paula. He might throw out the occasional tip (hold your guitar lower) but I can count on one hand the number of times he has actually been critical of a performance when many times it was deserved. As musically gifted as Keith is, he…and JLo…seem content to let Harry play “bad cop”.

          • cortezskillers says:

            Keith is musically gifted?
            I did not know that.
            BTW, have you noticed how Keith has been doing the same shoulder dip move every week?
            Getting a little stale isn’t it!
            I think that Harry and Jen far outshine him.

          • JayNC says:

            Yep, I have noticed that too. Every time Harry says something negative, Keith follows up with a “I thought it was great” meaningless critique. I think he is playing to the crowd, wanting them to like him – seems more concerned about that than offering the contestants constructive criticism.

        • syb says:

          I think Borchetta is worlds better than Randy who was useless, but he seems to want to turn everyone into Taylor Swift at least if he has anything to do with song choice. And I feel like he’s handpicked and managed Jax as his next, edgier Taylor Swift.

          • Hayder B. Hayden says:

            Pudding is edgier than Taylor Swift.

          • david says:

            LOL I remember randy mentoring was so awful and crap… probably thr reason why the winner that season was crap aswell (season 13?)

          • jen mac says:

            You are probably right about who he see’s as his next superstar however most of the country knows Jax can’t really sing and last night was just awful. both songs I average c- at best and during Beat It she actually stopped singing the lyrics at one point where she should have been singing. So let the real singers take top 3 he already knows he’s going to sign her

          • cortezskillers says:

            I find him quite creepy.
            Can’t put my finger on why though.

        • Liz says:

          Watch Borchetta carefully, he’s got a harsh side to him, and he’s not there to lose money with a bad move, or trying to make and market a record by someone that he cannot promote.

        • T.B. Hammer says:

          Borchetta is only there because he is part of the system that now runs the show…….. …He is not a good TV personality…………………….

          Iovine was the president of Interscope Records, that signs contestants and invests in the first album done by the winner. At least Iovine was sometimes interesting to listen to …………………………………Borchetta says nothing that anyone who has heard all the talent show cliche’s couldn’t spout-off in the same interviews……………..Randy Jackson got old, after a few years……………Borchetta got old by the 3rd show this year.

        • Jill Moy says:

          BENJY BOY,

          I NEVER SAID ALL CRAPPY SINGERS MAKE MONEY! I NEVER SAID ALL GOOD SINGERS FAIL! SOME CASES ARE LIKE THAT!

          I speak the truth and the MOMMIE and DADDY DEAREST people are on the loose! Please don’t wash my mouth out with cleanser and beat me with wire hangers!

        • Lizzie says:

          Borchetta is the guy who will decide who on his staff produces the winner’s record, he will decide how much to spend on promoting the singer, and he has done all right with Taylor Swift, so far. I can’t believe that Scott wants this sort of ill-mannered behavior associated with his label, but as inappropriate as Quentin was this week in his talk-fest, I think he could be educated to act in a more civil manner in every setting he is in. I am hopeful for Quentin overall, his performances are super interesting. The fact is, that his vocal quality is hit and miss, and his pitch is a real problem, as has been repeatedly stated to him by all three judges – he just doesn’t want to hear it. The Idol production staff should be able to hear the problem, there are things they could do to help Quentin, including feeding him the melody through his earpiece, and playing more melody in the band to disguise his mistakes and hopefully help him hear. He needs musical training, a different vocal coach (or two) than whoever has been working with him on the show, and I think he could make something of himself. His attitude is very poor at this point, and if he can’t change that up and un-Bieber himself, his entitled attitude will send him home this week. Listen to the judges, Quentin, learn something, and show them the respect their careers and years in the music biz, have EARNED them. Epic fail on the behavior by Quentin.

        • Jill Moy says:

          BEN,

          YOU ARE INSANE!!

      • Love Tyanna says:

        Speaking of which, what are people’s thoughts on Paula Abdul being a judge on So You Think You Can Dance this season?

      • Jim 'Gus' Gostomski says:

        I think that the judging that is going on now is the best thing that has happened to idol.
        At least they are trying help the contestants in there future.

      • Glo Davis says:

        keith is the voice of reason…too often shut out by Jen’s babbling and HC Jr;s egomania

    • Hayder B. Hayden says:

      These grades are a joke. Overall, this show was miserable.

      • Jobless says:

        If we’re going off those last two performances, Rayvon was better. If we’re going on body of work over the entire season, it’s criminal that Joey got sent home tonight. This show desperately needs to stay interesting, and Joey kept things interesting. I always found myself looking forward to what she was going to do next. Rayvon is a decent singer but he has the most vanilla personality of any contestant left.

        • JM says:

          Actually, I think Rayvon is improving and showing more personality each week. Being in the bottom seems to have inspired him.

          • Smokey says:

            Plus, Rayvon ends-up getting the “prime spot” singing last every time.

          • safado says:

            He’s been a favorite of mine since the beginning. Let him sing “A Change is Gonna Come, ” please.

          • TinLV says:

            I like Rayvon.. from the start, I’ve been of the opinion that he is the best of the lot.. however, some of the song choices are puzzling and don’t really seem suited to him. I think he can do better.

          • Mary says:

            Rayvon is a cat, must have nine lives. He has improved but I still feel he doesn’t have the it factor. One can be technically perfect but doesn’t necessarily make him a “star”.
            I hate this twitter save, should be least amount of votes no matter what, sorry it is not fair that only a select few get to pick who goes home.

          • JoMarch says:

            Then he should have been inspired weeks ago because this was his 3rd time in the bottom. He needs to be gone…

          • The Beach says:

            But that Doobie Brothers song was a terrible choice.

          • cortezskillers says:

            Rayvon can sing alright.
            he’s just bland, and i don’t think wearing the grey hat has helped him at all.
            The black hat was a welcome change.
            Perhaps he could try a hatless performance..
            Might help him seem a bit more real.
            Unfortunately, everything about him screams
            ‘Cover Band’ dude, and not Original Artist.

        • Erin says:

          Rayvon is really getting better and better. Still this is not the correct top 6, without Joey and with Nick still hanging around. The judges over-hyped and poorly acted praise for him is wearing thin. It’s time, grandpa.

          • Mary says:

            I actually enjoyed Nick tonight on both songs. He was probably one of the best. The worst for me was Clark Moon River, he is a throw back thru and thru.

        • Puchinsmom says:

          My thoughts exactly, Jobless. At least about Rayvon’s second song. It was actually my favorite performance of the night. But I will miss Joey a lot.
          I’ve been a loyal fan of Idol since season 3, but overall tonight was the worst show I can remember. I fast forwarded almost every performance. I’m not sure why Michael was giving out tbe high grades he did. I’m just not sure what’s missing this year, but I just am not enjoying it, and that makes me really sad.

        • Kiki says:

          If the twitter save didn’t DISENFRANCHISE the West Coast, I guarantee that Joey would still be in the competition.

          • msemmyjones says:

            I just can’t understand why the producers would think something like this was a good idea because of exactly the reason you said. It’s AMERICAN idol, not east coast idol.

          • Sandy says:

            Yes I’ve been thinking the Idol Save is unfair to West Coast viewers. And I’m from the East Coast.

          • Lisa says:

            I’m actually in agreement with that. It’s one time zone that gets to decide in the end. I don’t like it.

          • marie says:

            Yes, I hate the Twitter save for that, and also because it’s only for Twitter users, which I am not. I’ve voted like crazy for Joey each week only to wait helplessly to see if others would save her, powerless to do my part. The Twitter save is HORRIBLE.

          • MAB says:

            If it really upsets you it is really no big deal to open a Twitter account. You don’t have to use it except maybe just for Idol or The Voice. I have a Twitter account and I barely tweet. I use it for information. I follow what I am interested in and get news sometimes before I see it on TV.

          • marie says:

            MAB, sorry, but for various I just don’t want a Twitter account, and I think it’s ridiculous that only those who have them are able to participate in a save that is by its nature unfair, unnecessary, and exists only to create drama.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            marie, I’m with you. I have a twitter account but don’t use it. I have enough stuff to suck up my time.

          • T says:

            Well technically two time zones get to vote but I understand the point. I am in Central time zone and if I watched it live and if I would bother to twitter to vote I could do so. I have to watch after the fact so I can fast forward through lots of it that I don’t enjoy.

      • Jobless says:

        Not sure why I posted that as a reply, didn’t mean to do that.

      • MC says:

        ITA. The grades seem to be inflated.

      • BobL says:

        What’s a joke and a travesty is that they wasted the save on the worst singer of the season. This would have been the week to use the save. Joey was the most interesting contestant and Rayvon probably has the nicest tone to his voice, and he is improving every week.

        • marie says:

          I truly enjoyed most of Qaasim’s performances simply for the tremendous entertainment value, and I was drawn to his sunny, upbeat personality as well. But I do wish the save had been available last night for Joey. She is every bit as entertaining as Qaasim and a better singer to boot.

        • Hayder B. Hayden says:

          Second worst (have we forgotten baby Bieber already?) But yes, you are right it was a wasted save, especially with Joey going home this week. I don’t think it would have made a difference in the long run, however. Joey was my favorite, but I think she peaked three weeks ago. She has been on a downward slide and never would have made the final two under any circumstances.

        • Ray says:

          Yes, Joey would have been a Great save. (Sending Quentin home next week.)

      • Unicorn Farts says:

        Truuuuu

        I get that our focus has shifted from fantastic straight-covers to make-it-your-own artistry, but when did that become an excuse for severely lacking vocals? There is no way that any of Nick’s performances would sound great if you listened to it as a live recording. You’d rip those headphones right out.

        I don’t get Jax and Nick being on the show. Jax sounds like a Paramore wannabe, but even Paramore has matured their sound past high school emo. Nick sounds like Daughtry probably did 5 years before he was on the show. The two of them seem like they would’ve done well 8 seasons ago, but between bad styles and underwhelming vocals, I can’t stand either.

    • pl says:

      Too bad Quentin didn’t leave after Harry’s comment and then both Joey and Rayvon would have been saved. IMO Joey and Rayvon are both better than him.

      • B says:

        They are. :( I’m not happy.

      • michelle says:

        i think quitins lenny kravitz songs was much more memorable than Rayvons song. he is an artist, but him not smiling and his attitude can sometimes put people off so im worried he will be voted off next week for what has happened. I am team jax.

        • James T1SK says:

          It’s kinda the same thing that got Elise Testine booted back in Season 11. “Why don’t you smile more?” -JLO
          Sorry for the poor souls with resting b*tch face.

          • karyn says:

            Except Quentin doesn’t have resting b*tch face. He looked sulky and petulant all during Harry’s critique about Quentin’s lack of technique. When he was called on it, he tried to say he was sad/mad about his friends being in jeopardy, but I think he was lying. That said, Harry overreacted a bit and the whole thing was extremely awkward with no one knowing how to end it b/c neither was entitled to the apology that would have smoothed it over.

          • karyn says:

            I meant to say that Quentin normally comes off as friendly and happy. His sulking during Harry’s critique was in stark contrast to his normal nice guy mode during his critiques.

        • margi209 says:

          Cardinal rule–don’t talk back to the judges!

          • Temperance says:

            Cardinal rule – don’t try and get a contestant tossed while displaying your lack of comprehension… it wasn’t Ryan’s place to force Q to answer, and it wasn’t Harry’s place to say anything.

          • marie says:

            Harry should have known enough to keep his mouth shut. He’s the experienced professional, and he came off looking like a jerk. I’ve long been a fan of his music, but his stint as an Idol judge has done nothing to foster any admiration as a person.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            I think 95% of the viewers understood what Quentin was stating. I guess Harry was in the 5%. :-)

          • Lisa says:

            Yep, it usually spells doom.

        • Will says:

          Mitchelle, trust and believe he will be gone, I think he’s one of the better singers still there, if they let him do him. Him speaking out almost guaranteed that he’ll b e gone next week.

          • The says:

            That’s just it, –

            You have to remember A.I. is still in large a ‘popularity contest’ 1st Marketability 2nd and Vocal talent 3rd

            You think Q goes home because he defends the bottom two and talks back to the judges?
            Wrong; He has just earned 2x’s the vote he would’ve gotten had he kept his mouth shut.

            He now has the fan base of “both” bottom two performers in addition to his own fan base (which by the way will work even harder now to vote him through now)

            Will it buy him two weeks? Probably not; but you better bet your sweet butt that he’ll be safe next week.

        • karyn says:

          How can that version of “Are You Gonna Go My Way” be memorable when it was a note-for-note copy of the original (only not sung as well)?

          And I normally think Quentin is a really nice guy even though I don’t drink the Kool-Aid about his performances. He didn’t handle himself well last night though and I agree it will likely land him in the bottom.

          • CaliGirl says:

            He was clearly angry about his critique and his sulky face and bad attitude wiped away any good will I had for him. And of course if was Harry’s place to say something. He’s a judge on the show. Quentin was wrong here.

          • Hayder B. Hayden says:

            I thought I was watching a Lenny Kravitz tribute act, but minus the vocal power of the original. Elaborate staging, but in the end a throw away vocal .

        • Liz says:

          I cannot stand Jax. She has done one or two good performances, and the rest not so much. Rayvon is really boring, and he has ignored a lot of the judge’s input, but he smiles while he disregards everything they tell him. He’s arrogant as well, he just didn’t pitch a fit about it on live TV like Quentin. Harry was right in what he had to say to Quentin, and to the other contestants.

          • my says:

            I agree with you. I don’t think Jax can honestly sing that well–I disliked her “Piece of My Heart” performance. She sounds like she’s trying to imitate Lady Gaga, to me. But I do think Tyanna Jones has some pipes, and is capable of and deserving to win. She has a great voice. Clark as well. I am very surprised Joey was eliminated–I found her unsual voice very beautiful.

      • margi209 says:

        The whole five minutes (well, I was fast forwarding through the commercials), I kept thinking, “Keep Joey and Rayvon. Send Quentin home.” I agree with whoever said that on tonight’s performances, the save went to the right person, but on body of work, we should have kept Joey.” I realized I really wanted to know what she would do next week, but not so much with Rayvon.

      • Ray says:

        I also believe that both Joey and Rayvon are better than Quentin. (Quentin has some anger problems he needs to deal with. I believe that Harry was right calling his attention but, I do not believe that Quentin was trying to say anything wrong, it was just the disrespectful way that he said it. Harry should have told him so and left it at that.) Jax looks fake at times and I believe that she is going to be the next to leave.) Rayvon is finally showing some of what he’s got! He and Nick are really good musicians but, I do believe that Clark is going to win. (I hated to see Joey go, but, she would have not won. She is good!) I hope that Tyanna is signed by someone. She has a Great voice and with some help I believe she can go far. I give all of them so much credit because no one is really mentoring them. (Idol is concentrating on their judges goofing off rather than their contestants. It seems to me that JLo is shown way tooooooo much. The show is Not about her, or am I wrong?)

    • T.B. Hammer says:

      Heard that J. Lo’s contract salary for this year is 17 million…. Pays to be famous, but she’s also part of the behind the scenes PTB ——- so she can milk the show for $ just like Randy J. did with his seat and then adding his “client” Mariah (Randy was her Manager) and himself,,,,,,,,,,,,, carting off a truckload of dough for the season……..

      But then, this show is all about the contestants of course, and not about the Judges.

      • Jessamine says:

        That may be true, but I for one am extremely grateful that we don’t have to see Jennifer Lopez’s face during the contestants’ performances this year! Either she removed that clause from her contract or Uncle PB listened to the masses. It’s a refreshing change!

    • Timmah says:

      Thank you, I needed a laugh after that awful result tonight.

    • Maggi Wun says:

      Jennifer is so obvious slanted toward the guys it’s ridiculous. Look at her face while the guys are performing vs the gals. She’s all swoony and animated. With the girls she’s detached and critical. She is so into herself it makes me sick.

      • Jaszy says:

        I agree! Jennifer has never liked the girls so much….any season. I remember season 10 with Haley Reinhart. J-Lo couldn’t stand Haley when Haley was clearly AWESOME. So, I couldn’t stand J-Lo for always not giving Haley her deserved dues.
        I think it’s jealousy and the fact that J-Lo is not that young anymore. There are clearly better female singers than her. She doesn’t feel intimidated by the men so she swoons over them!

        • Jared says:

          J. Lo was out for blood with Haley. It drove me crazy. Don’t worry J.Lo, no one’s coming for your Louboutins!

        • Ray says:

          I totally have to agree with this statement. Jennifer is not friendly towards the females. She is very critical of them. (They are younger than you JLo–right now may not have your $$$ but…) You are going to get older, we all do. I know you wrote a book so that you could also have the title of “author” where you blamed the men in your life-because they all mistreated you. (No one know what goes on behind closed doors but, you are the common denominator here sweetie.) Jennifer is really not a nice person. Other people have made these statements. She has allowed her body, money, and the fact that she is famous go to her head. (I am Puerto Rican and I think she is a shame to our nationally.) I hope she starts to get humble because if she doesn’t…well time will tell.

        • T.B. Hammer says:

          If J. Lo had her way, she would probably put 12 guys in the top 12, so she didn’t have to feel threatened for attention from good-looking younger women.

    • This was one of the weirder nights. To pick between Rayvon and Joey is insane. They are so different, and at 52% they could be a matter of a couple hundred tweets. I liked Joey and think she provided some great material. Rayvon keeps hanging in there, so I give him that, but you’d think his luck is gonna run out at some point. His voice was stellar tonight.

    • NayNay says:

      are much better than her? And get paid a ridiculous sum of money because of her looks.

    • Ray says:

      I would not be so cruel saying this, but, I believe that the Idol show should not be about JLo. Also, the judges need to quit fooling around with each other when they are judging the contestants. I believe that Harry and Keith are good judges. (Jennifer should stick to what she does.) Every time another judge speaks, JLo has her mouth going. What is wrong with her? Harry and Keith do not do this to her. Again, Harry and Keith are good judges. Idol needs to do something before more people quit watching their show.

      • T.B. Hammer says:

        Many long-time Idol watchers have got to the point where they just mute/ block-out/ take a break/ pause the recorder —-during the Judges comments.

    • Hayder B. Hayden says:

      Why would anyone need to review your shoes for goat turds? Never mind, I don’t want to know.

  2. Christian says:

    Jax SLAYED Peice of my Heart. Also, I think Joey was kinda robbed.

    • Christian says:

      Also, Harry Connick Jr. WTF

      • Love Tyanna says:

        Harry gets a little feisty when he has some cocktails in him. That said, he seemed a bit less drunk this week. However, I am #Team Quentin for sure,

        Paula Abdul is going to be a judge this year on SYTYCD. Thoughts?

        Back to Idol, another great recap from Michael. I hope tonight isn’t an indicator that the finale will turn into a sausage fest. Joey is talented, as is Tyanna and Jax. I hope America votes for the girls tonight.

    • Julie says:

      I actually thought Beat It was better. I absolutely hated POMH. Actually I didn’t like either of her performances.

      • Hayder B. Hayden says:

        I agree. Jax is a very average singer when she isn’t doing her cutesy twee act. Both of her performances were terrible.

        • Kristine says:

          Agreed. I’d give her D’s for both.

        • jen mac says:

          yes horrible performances, I hope people finally see she can’t sing!!!

        • Reasonable says:

          While Jax is an “average” singer, she is as good singing live as a number of known-name female singers – some “names” only lip-sync their songs from a studio track that has took hours or days to perfect from patch-paste +auto-tune. In the past, there have even been guest singers “names” -,, on Idol that sucked, singing live with the band.

          • Hayder B. Hayden says:

            I didn’t mean average as in average recording star average. I meant average as in average high school talent show average. Her voice just isn’t that good. She has to do her cutesy coo twee whisper to stand out at all.

        • Hayder B. Hayden says:

          After a second listen, I have to admit that Jax was OK on the first half of Piece of My Heart. She fell apart on the second verse, and the ending was horrific. But there was nothing I liked about Beat It. That performance beat my ears down. It was was worse than a cat on a blackboard. And I’m not talking about a cute cat, either.

      • jen mac says:

        Absolutely!!!! the worst performances of the night go to JAX, time for that girl to go home

      • IamTruth says:

        reality is jax dont have the classic vocal monster ability that were once common in the stage of AI , however music industry changes and Jax knows it. Nowadays popstar can come from dumpsters to grammys (eg. Iggy azalea) and Amazing singers(if their ugly eg. The fat ass last season) can go nowhere unless they cut their head off and try the new head transplant in Germany.

        So if yall hate jax (her talent) not as a person, then sorry but youll see her anyways cus Borchetta’ holds her now

    • Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit says:

      I agree with you entirely. I love how the judges were like, “Solid performance” to Jax, and then “10/10” for a pretty good but ultimately unmemorable performance by Nick. Le sigh.

      • jen mac says:

        I know Jax was terrible

      • IamTruth says:

        I can see so many haters about jax.. but truth is she’s marketable, her face , her style all can fit in ththe “body-selling music industry”. Borchetta obviously supports her because he can see that this blonde teen can be his next Taylor Swift.

        If people here are all for talent. . . Then go watch the voice because AI is more on artistry and face-value. If yall want the best singer to win then sorry but that’s impossible if he/she is ugly (good thing clark has considerable face-value) remember that fat guy last season? Where is he now? Dumpster that’s where.. because hes ugly asss and only marketable on radios.

        Now if you deeply hate jax, sorry but she’s at least gonna make it top 3 . Why? She’s strategic. She started off unique and fresh then follows trends (#thedress) , active on twitter, on YouTube, and interactive with fans. Shes growing her fan base. She studied idol. And I bet it’ll pay off big time.
        She might not be the best vocalist, but she already made a mark in the face of america and the only thing left to do is finish the show, dress like any other popstar, show her ass a little and booom She’s a star.

        • ben says:

          Yeah, right. Ugly, fat guy last year, but Jax? Hello, she’s an absolute knockout. NOT. Frankly, and I normally don’t mock someone’s looks, but she has all the sex appeal of a bullfrog.

        • Jill Moy says:

          Did someonesay Jx face is marketable? Gimme a break….THAT HOMELY THING?????

    • jen mac says:

      I just don’t see that it was shreeky!!!! and beat it was a hot mess, the vocals were awful

    • Jaszy says:

      As for “Beat It”….Was that America’s choice for JAX?! That was insane…and not in a good way. JAX needs to be singing more mellow songs that suit her SOFT voice…not BEAT IT! Her best vocal performances stemmed from were softer, more mellow song choices such as I Want To Hold Your Hand and Let It Be. Beat It isn’t a song one should be singing in a SINGING competition; granted, it is a fun song, but it’s not a singer’s song. JAX gave a lot of energy and I loved the performance…but I want her to focus on her VOCALS. That’s what made me fall in love with her in the first place. Where is the “I Want To Hold Your Hand” JAX?! Where is she?!?!!! Cause this JAX is a little crazy. She needs to tone it down. I don’t want her to go home.

      • Reasonable says:

        That “America’s Choice” stuff is just more bologna,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,there’s a deal going down between song publishers and producers — when Idol does a song, it sometimes also pulls the old original back onto the lower charts . These songs are picked in the smoke-filled back room somewhere.

        • margi209 says:

          While I don’t know if that’s true or not, I think the songs were the big problem tonight. From Frank Sinatra to Janis Joplin . . . just didn’t work in my opinion.

        • karenb says:

          Agree with you Reasonable. I would venture to guess that the contestants don’t even choose their songs, much less the arrangements. I didn’t always think this way but I do now. It kills me when the judges say “bad song choice” because I truly believe that they are assigned to the contestants.

      • Some Dude says:

        I agree with this. Her performance of “Bad” was, in my opinion, one of the worst things I’ve seen on the show since they finalized the top 12. Just totally amateurish and corny.

        I’ve got nothing against Jax–there have been nights where she has had my favorite performance (or at least tied with Clark, who basically kills it every week). But this was embarrassing for me to watch.

      • marie says:

        I totally agree, Jaszy. Jax can be captivating on the softer songs; she’s one I wait to hear each week. And yes, “Beat It” isn’t much to sink one’s teeth into as a singer.

      • Jill Moy says:

        Ok, brazil nut gallery! Ok! But I won’t hush up as I voice my opinions! I will hush up forever if Jax, the Joax, the Hoax and the Moax WINS AMERICAN IDOL!

  3. Florence+TheMachineRules!!! says:

    This night was just very stressful. First joey gets booted just by a small amount of tweets, then the whole conflict with Quentin and harry was a bit out of hand, although I completly respected quentins point of view of the situation. Other than that my favorite performances were than as proud Mary, joeys somebody to love, quentins both song choices, and Raymond always on my mind.

  4. Riordan says:

    So bummer about Joey going.

  5. Adam says:

    Mdoolittle ‘s going to be pissed with that last Rayvon grade, Michael ;)

    • Kelly says:

      Me too! I thought it was absolutely gorgeous! I actually replayed it 3 times.

    • Erin says:

      I loved Always on my Mind, but not quite as much as Alex Preston’s version.

      • BobL says:

        Nice to see Alex P. mentioned. I was just listening to some of his and Jena Irene’s stuff on youtube the other day. Nobody this season can touch either of those two.

        • Chi Chi says:

          Jena was horrible.

          • Jill Moy says:

            Jena (MUMBLES) was AWFUL and Alex made those funny faces and looked like he always had to pee! He was homely and an average singer!

          • James T1SK says:

            You shut your mouth Chi Chi!

          • Ted Sutton says:

            If Jena cuts a CD she will outsell last years winner by 40 to one.

          • marie says:

            Oh, good, I’ll be able to sleep tonight after all! I was getting stressed out because it had been a few columns since Jill had mentioned Alex Preston and bathroom functions in a post and I was getting worried. Glad you haven’t lost your touch Jill, keep ’em coming! And while we’re on the subject, calling Jax “Joax” and “Hoax” (and I think once or twice “Moax” too, if I’m not mistaken) is really so witty and clever; makes me laugh out loud every time. Well done, madam!

          • S. says:

            Jill Moy – going after Joey as much as you have was exasperating but I figure some of us have people that rub us the wrong way so I tried to just ignore it. The fact that you slammed Jena and more importantly Alex’s ability was nothing short of ludicrous. His musicianship was exceptional, not just vocals but technique on multiple instruments and with arrangements. One of the strongest Idol’s seen. You’ve gone full troll. Never go full troll.

      • karyn says:

        I agree Erin. I loved Alex P’s version, though this was definitely good and probably Rayvon’s best performance thus far. Shame it had to come just before voting though b/c I was Team Joey by a mile based on their respective bodies of work.

        • Jill Moy says:

          Oh sure, Alex destroyed songs with his terrible arrangements, always looked like he had to pee, made goofy faces, was homely and had an average voice! This is a good performer! Last year I said if he won along with two others, I would never view AI again or ever comment again! Jena, Meuse, and Alex (pee pants) Preston were the 3 (other’s nicknames I mentioned on this blog) Plus there were 2 terrible country singers last year as well! Last year had terrible talent! Can any of you deny that! Jena (GENA) as the runnerup was insane!

    • JM says:

      So am I! That was my favorite performance of the night, and the main reason he won the twitter vote, IMO.

  6. Gailer says:

    If only Quentin could sing on pitch! Darn! I’d love him to kick some butt, love him!

    • Smokey says:

      4 guys and 2 girls left, Rayvon may provoke a twitter battle with Quentin next, and Rayvon would very likely win again.

  7. kevstar says:

    I haven’t seen the showdown yet, but I am often exasperated when a contestant is asked something and they give an honest answer, then get crucified for it. I guess it’s better to lie than tell the truth to the question, “How are you feeling right now?”.

    • Morms says:

      Yes! Seacrest should have let him leave the stage. But he had to push it. And then Daddy Harry had to offer a lecture.

  8. Christian says:

    If Harry is calling out Quinten for being “disrespectful” than someone should call him out for saying that Clark was the only musician in the competition,

    • Kelly says:

      That was a pretty awful thing to say, wasn’t it?

    • lizzieB says:

      –The camera cut to Nick smiling as Harry made that comment. Priceless. Man that Harry is whack! LOL

      • Jaszy says:

        I was like “what?!” Nick IS a musician, HARRY! Apparently, if you’re not a jazz musician, then you’re not a musician.

    • JM says:

      Absolutely! Anyone else notice Nick smirking at that idiotic comment. I feel sorry for Clark. It must be hard to maintain friendships with the others when you’re the ‘chosen one’.

    • Erin says:

      Exactly. Joey and Nick play instruments. Aren’t singers musicians?

      • McFudge says:

        Definitely. Singers’ voices are their instruments. Some play them better than others. Those chords Harry talked about that that cause people to say, “oh, I wasn’t expecting THAT”, well, we lost the equivalent tonight when Joey was kicked off. Damn. This one hurts.

      • Smokey says:

        In order to be considered a musician, you have to play an instrument — IMO — at least passably. ……………. in my world —- , although some call your voice an “instrument” —– there is still a difference between playing with your hands in coordination, on a Guitar, Uke, Piano, etc. —- —-some vocalists don’t take the time to learn an instrument —-or don’t want to play and sing at the same time. I have worked with both,………….

        and in many cases a good singer can shine better without dealing with playing an instrument at the same time………….. Others, that are always singing along with their own playing piano, guitar, etc. feel out-of-place if they are not playing while singing.

    • DaveRaz says:

      I missed that and read that in another post. I agree 100%. That comment about Clark is rooted deep down in his southern background and wrong place and time. IMO, You can ask for a kid to clarify their statement but making one your own singling out one of the 7 remaining contestants is WRONG

    • McFudge says:

      That was awful. So wrong. What was he thinking?

    • Christian Im so mad at Harry! I just now watched on West Coast! Im impressed that Quentin loves his friends sooo much! Harry is so unemotional, he didnt get it! Im sick of Harry being a dumb-ass! I LOVE QUENTIN!

      • Jill Moy says:

        BECCA,

        I read all your comments! This one time we don’t agree! Harry is an A$$HOLE to all races alike! If Quentin would have put it the way I mentioned ( I’m sure you read it already), Harry woudn’t have said a word! It all could have been avoided! I wasn’t sure what Quentin was gonna do when he walked over to Harry! I’d feel the same way about it if he were white, believe me! Also, Ryan shouldn’t have asked Quentin anything! He finished, let him leave! Ryan is an instigator, troublemaker! The stage is for singing! There has to be a bottom 2 unfortunately and I feel, nothing should have been said! That’s my take on it anyway! I never liked “sucks” being used, period! It rubs me the wrong way! I can’t believe a special poll is for this inccident! To me that is childish! To me, this is no big deal! People should move on! This didn’t help Quentin! A lot of people don’t like his wardrobe, nose ring, hair etc. If one wants to dress like that they should be prepared for controversy! It doesn’t bother us, but others don’t care for it!

        • Jill, I agree about Ryan though! He should not have pressed Quentin to talk! Also I stated that on the voice they ALL say the word suck, and they all say “oh this part of the show sucks when we have to send people home! They would not have cared if someone said that , using the word sucks, its Adam and Blakes favorite wordLOL Harry also said there was only one musician left in the competition. He is super rude! What do you mean there is a special poll for this? Where? No one on The Voice would EVER Yell out hey Why dont you go home then! Like Harry Did. I would take back Minaj and Simon as judges no problem! We can agree to diagree on this subject!

          • Jill Moy says:

            BECCA,

            You have some good points! Yeah, the poll on Harry Vs. Quentin, near the sing contestant favorite poll! Well we disagree VERY RARELY but I still luv ya!

          • Jill Oh Me too I adore you and respect every opinion you have! We do agree most of the time! I will look at the poll! Idol was always my fav, but now it really might be the voice. Its just a happier atmosphere while watching and their music this year is so good! Even the group performances. I loved hearing Hotel California! Also there are so many good singers! I dont like Harry and I didnt like him last year either, putting that teenage girl in shorts up on his shoulders was so tacky! Anyway Im pretty sure Quentin will be gone next week and I have no interest in the show after that! But it will be fine to still watch The Voice

          • ben says:

            Well, who knows, Becca, maybe Rayvon will come out with a bone in his nose, dripping with ‘tude, while still using those glorious pipes to stun and amaze you. Personally, I love Rayvon. If you have the instrument (which he does) and good looks (like him), an agent can take care of the rest (wardrobe, walk, hairstyle, hot or no hat). If my daughter brought RV home to meet me, I would be well pleased. Some have called him arrogant. I don’t see that, mot in the least. Strikes me as an humble fellow, well met.

          • Ben A bone in his nose? What does that mean? Dont know what you are getting at?

          • ben says:

            Oh, that’s right. I forgot, Becca. Be careful of ANY & EVERY utterance involving minorities, lest it automatically be construed as racist, Makes no difference what your actual attitude toward said minority is. Makes no difference if you are married to a member of said minority. Your spouse and, of course, your offspring, are free to say anything… well, UNLESS they are Conservative, in which case, even minorities better keep their damnable mouths shut. I’m SICK of hearing how boring Rayvon is. I say nothing but nice things about him. Then, to offset the “boring,” I indulge in hyperbole, by taking Quentin to the next level (nose apparel) and what do you jump on? Oh, gee, now what does THAT mean.

          • Ben Well we all have our own favorites that are on AI. I still dont understand what you are trying to say about the nose apparel thing??? Yes Quentin has one? So the point of his nose ring has to do with a bone in a nose? Im trying to understand! I dont get it. And then talking politics? Where does the conservative thing come in, in respect to the nose ring? Also racism and nose rings? There are tons of people that are not minorities that have nose rings! There are also conservatives that have nose rings!

          • ben says:

            Ahab the Arab

            Well, he brought that camel to a screechin’ halt (verbal screeching sound)
            In the rear of Fatima’s tent
            Jumped off Clyde, snuck around the corner
            And into the tent he went.
            There he saw Fatima layin’ on a zebra skin rug
            With
            [Spoken in falsetto and possibly with female backups] “Rings on her fingers and
            Bells on her toes and a bone in her nose ho, ho. “

          • LOL Ben What in Sam He** have you been drinkin? LOL Ahab the Arab? LOL LOL Also What happens once he gets in the tent with Fatima?

          • ben says:

            Well, I’m no Arab, but I suppose he eats that bone! (Don’t forget, you were the one all dazed & confused about the “bone in the nose” comment.)

          • Ben Why are we talking about Rayvon anyway? I was talking about Harry!

          • ben says:

            “Ben Why are we talking about Rayvon anyway? I was talking about Harry!”

            These darn mails come in fast and furious, many under the same general heading, even though the subject has changed. Maybe you guys know how to sort it out, but I don’t.

        • Ray says:

          The word “sucks” should absolutely not have been used. It is not a nice word and could definitely bring bad feelings.

        • JILL i SEE YOU HAVE A NEW FAN CALLED DADDY DEAREST! LOL

          • Jill Moy says:

            BECCA,

            I’vestated from the beginning he’s a JLO WORSHIPPING NUT CASE! His very 1st appearance he was witty and charming as well as funny! We all like him! But after that, he has been a jerk, seeking attention and being a complete A$$HOLE! I can’t stand to look at him! I hope Jax leaves next! Hoping Q stays on the show!

            After we meet, I want to take you to the Venue in Vegas I’ve mentioned! You love good music and you will be flabergasted at all the great singers! Plus the first hour is the stars’ turn to sing! Recording artists, Main Showroom performers, etc. You will, after you go there, know why I have little regard for most of these show’s singers! It’s only OPEN MIC NIGHT, but one has to be great as the stars are in the front rows right in front, looking on!

          • Jill, that would be fun to go to Vegas and watch those singers! So its like major good singers? I believe you if you say they are! You are picky like me! LOL

          • Jill Moy says:

            BECCA,

            TOO MANY DEAREST CLUB MEMBERS, MOMMIE AND DADDY! Have the hanger co. send me 1,000 wire hangers and 50 bottles of extra strengh comet, direct from the company! I’ll need all that for this week alone!

          • Jill Moy says:

            BECCA,

            We’ll have fun in LV! I mentioned this before….This venue is Open Mic With The Stars. First hour to houor so, recording artists and Vegas Performers sing first! Many great artists go there! Then, the last 3 hrs. or so, the general public comes up to sing! Whenever I’ve gone, EVERY SINGLE SINGER IS A 10/10! After we leave there you’ll realize these singers on all the shows are average in comparison! Such a variety of singers! This one regular does all the moves of James Brown (even more and better) and sings better as well! The range of these singers who sing are fantastic! And…. the power, falsettos are soooooo good (your wonderful line)!

            We will go and you’ll love it!

          • Jill, Yes lets plan on that! Vegas! To see really talented singers!

          • ben says:

            Vegas? Heck, I had the whole, wall-to-wall crowd going nuts when I did my El impersonation in LV. Yes, it was karaoke! Still, it was way cool just knowing I was only a half mile from where he performed, singing his song (Suspicious Minds), 30 years later.

      • Jill Moy says:

        BECCA,

        Do you think Mia Z and Jax are former boxers? their beaks look they’ve been punched a round or two!

    • Mary says:

      Perfect example where Harry needs to keep his mouth shut, think before he speaks. I think that was more disrespectful than anything Quentin said. He needs to learn he can’t be center stage all the time. He might find it amusing but many don’t.

    • karyn says:

      It wasn’t the nicest thing to say but I’m sure he meant musician not in the sense of playing an instrument but the same way they use artist to mean someone who actually is comfortable mixing up the arrangement and the melody. Many singers can sing the original version great but aren’t artists like that. The same could be said for people who play an instrument well. That’s what Harry meant. You may disagree (and Jax, Joey and Nick certainly do) but that doesn’t mean Harry’s completely wrong.

    • sunshyne77 says:

      If he thinks the contestants. are not true musicians, i wonder how he genuinely feels about Jennifer’s “talents”.

      • karyn says:

        I think that is clear given that In all the time he’s been on the show, he’s commented on her clothes, hair, smell, etc. hundreds of times but never her voice or status as a musician.

    • sunshyne77 says:

      Then what must he think of Jlo’s musicianship. I’ve been wondering about the judges’s salaries and contracts. Doesn’t matter how anyone feels about Jlo she is a unique superstar. No other Latina has been able to do what she has done. She is a movie star, is able to perform in arenas and has had a great career. I’ll bet anything that she makes more money than Harry.

  9. This was an awful episode, all around.

  10. Nick says:

    In my opinion Quentin came across very disrespectful and Harry was just defending the show. Quentin didn’t mean any harm but he could have handled himself better. Glad he got to clear things up though.

    • Hayder B. Hayden says:

      Quentin wasn’t disrespectful, but he acted like a petulant child with no comfrol over his emotions.

      • Mike says:

        Hold on one damn minute. Harry completely disrespected Quentin. Harry decided to interpret things his own way(which 99% of the people realize what Quentin meant). Harry’s been doing this since he started judging last year. I think sometimes he needs to stop and make sure he understands what was said before he publicly berates someone on live television.
        As for Quentin’s response, an immature response would have been Quentin walking over the Harry and kicking the crap out of him. Quentin went over, stated his case very politely, and then left. The fact that J-Lo had to bring it up again, prompting Quentin to apologize for doing nothing wrong also upset me. I don’t care who the hell Harry is. He goes too far sometimes.

        • karenb says:

          Yeah JLo bringing it up again was NOT COOL.

          • marie says:

            I agree with Mike and karenb. Harry and JLo needed a time out. At that moment JLo reminded me of the Dragon Lady who smiled sweetly at Haley while slinging mud.

        • AlyB says:

          Thank you Mike. That’s exactly how I saw it. Most everyone on Twitter with an odd exception here or there did too. Harry has always taken digs at Quentin. This time he leapt on him for something he absolutely did not mean. Then took a dig at him while praising Rayvon. Then dissed everybody when he told Clark he was the only musician there. Harry was totally out of line tonight.

          • T.B. Hammer says:

            Seems to me that last year did not prove a good resume’ for Harry

            and what some Idoloonies were saying then, is becoming even more evident this year. He might be a good mentor, but he is not right for the Judges chair.

          • Mytake says:

            Even Keith looked embarrassed when Harry said that about Clark being the only musician.

        • Sid Neeto says:

          I agree. First, he would not have said ANYTHING, if Ryan didn’t ask him how he was feeling. Second, he said nothing wrong. He just expressed his sadness that one of his best friends may go home; Third, Harry is a major douche of this or any other season; Fourth, what’s up with J-LO? She honestly feels that she has to kiss Harrys ass? Really?? Or was she told to bring it up again so that Quentin could reiterate that he did not mean any disrespect again, like a good “boy.”

          • Nick says:

            Ryan asked him because he looked like he was about to murder someone. His heart may have been in the right place but he went about it the wrong way and it’s not only disrespectful to the show but to the other contestants who made it through by calling the situation “whack” and then going on to say they’re the two best vocalists left. It’s a competition, someone good is gonna go home every week at this point.

        • Nick says:

          Sorry, but the way Quentin bursted out was completely out of line. I have no doubt he meant well but he let his emotions get the best of him which he shouldn’t allow to happen live on on television. 99% knowing what he meant is a huge stretch, he didn’t initially express himself clear at all.

          • Mytake says:

            Quit trying to defend yourself, Harry. Watch it again. Quentin almost looked like he was about to cry. He looked AND gestured over to Joey and Trayvon. Anyone with 2 brain cells to rub together knew exactly what he was feeling and expressing.

        • Brenda says:

          Yes, ecactly! Well said!

          • Amy says:

            But that’s the point …it wasn’t the place to feel or express it. I agree with Nick above. That was my feeling immediately as it was happening…whaat? This IS what you signed up for, like… you have seen American Idol before? It was bad form on Quentin’s part in the competition. Whiny, grandstanding, unnecessary drama. Harry was not off base. And he did look confrontational when he walked over to Harry. It was just all bad and unnecessary and looked immature on his part. All “feelings” notwithstanding. JLo made that point…”artistes” are emotional…use it for “your art” but don’t lose control when it’s inappropriate.

          • Mary says:

            @Amy, totally disagree with you, if it wasn’t the place to feel or express it, than Ryan should of let it go when he saw he was upset. Quentin is human he was thinking with his heart not his head. Not everyone has the ability to hold everything in. Maybe his wording came out wrong but honestly how anyone could misconstrue that as being disrespectful is beyond me. People watching the show knew him and Joey are tight. Harry in his grand standing made a situation worse. I applaud Quentin, he address the situation head on, what you call confrontational I call maturity. He went right to the source and explained himself.

          • Whats so odd about this is on The Voice even the judges always say, “oh this part of the show really sucks when we have to send people home! And they all use the word suck! Blake,xtina,Adam, and Pharrell. I have heard them all use that word, so if Quentin said that same thing over there on the voice, they would have been sympathetic and agreed with him! They also would have been familiar with the word wack! Its so stupid that Harry made a big deal out of it!

        • Hayder B. Hayden says:

          You’re forgetting that Quentin stormed off the stage first, following a harsh but spot on critique from Harry. Ryan caught up with Quentin, who then put his foot in his mouth by expressing his frustration with the voters in what sounded like a criticism of the show. Harry escalated the situation rather needlessly, but in the end neither comes off looking good. Ryan and JLo then made it worse the second time around. Quentin was unable to contain himself, and Harry went off the rails. In my opinion, nobody is the hero here. Quentin, Ryan, Harry, JLo, there’s plenty of blame to go around. I’ll bet there’s a major meeting going on right now with all the professional talent. Reality shows thrive on conflict, but not when it can be perceived to be racial and egged on by the host and judges. This was not a good moment for anyone involved.

        • Liz says:

          Harry was on the mark, and particularly in his comments towards the contestants in general. They have an amazing opportunity, and they can make the most of it or lose it like an entitled brat. Quentin was almost violent in his response, and his attempt to apologize after the second performance was too little too late. J-Lo was also right to bring it up after the second performance, because Quentin was so very out of line. He appeared to have been talked to prior to his performance, likely by the producer of the show, because Quentin did seem to have some new-found grasp of the seriousness of his mistake and poor behavior.

          • Mary says:

            Did we watch the same show?? Re-watch the tape. Where at any point was he almost violent. Upset us but violent no. Ryan asked he answer. Wording could of been better but end of story. Quentin leaves to go back stage like all the contestants do. Harry, are we at commercial no good twice. Harry starts going off. Quentin came back out, walked not storm over to where Harry was and explained his position, rather politely I might add. Quentin shook Ryan and Harry’s hand. The exaggeration on what happen is really mind blowing. I doubt the producers said any thing because they like the drama.

      • Mary says:

        He is human, nothing wrong with that. He spoke from the heart, maybe more people should do the same. Ryan pushed for an answer, he gave it. The terminology might not have been perfect but I applaud him for being honest. Harry who is suppose to be professional, came off as an arrogant azz. If he didn’t appreciate what was said, then he should of spoken to him off camera. There is no EXCUSE for reprimanding someone in front of millions of people and degrading someone and yes that is what he did. I appreciated the Quentin stood his ground and went right to Harry and explained himself.
        Furthermore, I didn’t appreciate Ryan remark about thinking he was going to hit him. Loved Quentin response, I was taught better. Harry is there to judge the song, not be there father. Quentin wasn’t a petulant child he gave a honest answer not everyone is made of stone and control their emotions.

    • IRENE DANIELS says:

      Quentin is a sensitive individual, and just didn’t express himself in the way some people do, but I have heard the judges and others say how they hated that someone has to go home. This is what Quentin was doing, but with his own words, not the same as others. He was not saying the show sucked, nor that anyone sucked, it was just about hating that one of his two friends were going to be voted off. I am 68 and I understood what that young man meant. Harry needs to listen better to what someone is really saying, and not what he thinks someone is saying, or hold his words until he really understands. Quentin was not at all trying to be disrespectful.

      • AlyB says:

        Thank you Mike. That’s exactly how I saw it. Most everyone on Twitter with an odd exception here or there did too. Harry has always taken digs at Quentin. This time he leapt on him for something he absolutely did not mean. Then took a dig at him while praising Rayvon. Then dissed everybody when he told Clark he was the only musician there. Harry was totally out of line tonight.

        • Lisa says:

          Not to mention that Harry also went out of his way to ensure that what he said was heard on live TV. Just before he went on his rant, he asked Ryan if they had cut to commercial. When Ryan said no, Harry said “Good!” then began his rant towards Quentin. It could have and should have been handled more discreetly. Harry purposely blew it up into more than it should have been.

          I’m not saying Quentin was right in how he handled things, but in all honesty, they were both wrong. I understand answering the question, and it’s not always easy to express what you’re feeling especially when you’re put on the spot. He was called out about how he was feeling by Ryan. Yes, it was clear that Quentin’s response of “this is whack” was in reference to the 2 contestants that were in the bottom 2. I’m certain there were a lot of people at home perhaps Joey fans that had similar thoughts about her possibly being voted off, although perhaps not in the same words. The rest should have been handled off camera. Harry should NOT have made SURE that it was broadcast.

          The thing I don’t like about JLo bringing it up again is that is the last thing viewers/voters will remember about him from this week and they will vote accordingly. Already the confrontation alone usually spells doom, but what JLo did is virtually seal his coffin.

          • DonB says:

            I loved the confrontation. So didn’t AI. It was 100 times better than Quentin’s performance as performances go which in turn is what makes AI go. It was a staple of Cowell’s judging form. Here is what the AI producers should do each season. Make all golden ticket winners watch the movie Highlander as a group before they step back on the stage. There can be only one.

    • syb says:

      I disagree. I think Michael nailed it in his article. Quentin’s unhappiness about Joey being in the bottom two was astutely exploited by Ryan and then Harry, then later JLO. Idol got its wish. Everyone’s talking about it. Quentin handled himself with dignity given his age and the circumstances. He was thrown under the bus for watercooler talk. And I’m angry about that.

    • CaliGirl says:

      ITA! ^

  11. Kim Moores #TeamQuentin says:

    Team Quentin all damned day.
    Quentin was right. It doesn’t help that he’s so close to Joey (he’s officiating her marriage).
    Harry had to have been more than well aware of how tense the situation had become and he had no business (ryan included) egging the situation on!
    Glad Quentin clarified himself respectfully in the long run!

  12. Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit says:

    Glad you clarified what happened, Slezak. It was definitely obvious to me that Quentin was just upset that his friends were going home, and Harry made it out to be something else entirely.

    You forgot to mention how Harry later told Clark that he was the only musician there, prompting some major sideeye from the rest of the contestants.

    Clark was good. Tyanna was good. Nick did his best performances yet, but I don’t care that much. Jax was really good on Piece of My Heart, Quentin was really good on Are You Gonna Go My Way, Rayvon was great on Always on My Mind. I feel like Joey was having an off night with her voice, and I’m unbelievably sad that she went home.

    • Gailer says:

      I feel Simon was crazier and that Harry makes true comments BUT tonight he was way off base with Quentin.

      • Smokey says:

        My girlfriend watched with me and some others tonight, she said Harry C. is a control freak and a couple other girls here said she was “right on”, they have noticed that as well. He is good as a musician, but you would never want him looking over your shoulder all the time or critiquing/correcting everything you say or do.

        • karenb says:

          He must be a peach to live with.

        • Will says:

          I agree totally, I’ve never liked Harry as a judge or a mentor, he tries to change the way or style of a singer.

          • syb says:

            This is very true. I worried about that when he was named, based on his stints as guest mentor. He has a very narrow and literal version of what makes good music. His advice is fine for those who sing in his preferred style. I know its popular to hate JLO, but at least I give her credit for respecting individual vision and genre most of the time, even if it isn’t hers.

      • Daveraz says:

        His comment about Clark was way more controversial than how he handled Quentin’s remark.

        • Lisa says:

          If Harry didn’t ask if they were still live before he did his rant, I’d be inclined to agree with you. To be totally honest, both situations were plenty controversial enough. It’s not a contest about which one was more so. Suffice it to say, both situations were completely uncalled for and reprehensible.

    • Bonnie A. says:

      So sad that Joey won’t be there next week. Didn’t realize how much I anticipated her performances each week

      • Ray says:

        I totally agree with you Bonnie A., I looked forward to seeing and hearing Joey’s performance each week. I believe she went too early. I believe she should not have been on the bottom. Quentin should have been the one to go home-next, Jax.

  13. metitometin says:

    You’ve got a young kid here speaking his mind in a highly stressful situation on national TV. Perhaps a more savvy person who’s used to being on TV wouldn’t go there but you have to give Quentin a pass. I doubt the Idol producers saw anything wrong with what he said so I don’t know why Harry felt the need to spice things up the way he did. He had to understand Quentin’s intent in saying what he did. Not smart.

    • MAB says:

      Think about it, if Harry said nothing then Quentin would have looked worse. He looked angry and said this sucks. It’s whack. People would have only heard that. At least he had a chance to clarify what he was feeling. Quentin angry is kind of scary, especially with that thing in his nose. Personally I think it was more than two of his friends in the bottom two. I think he was pissed at Harry’s critique because that’s when the anger showed up. The question also is who did he want to go home. It does suck but someone does go home every week. It’s tough but that’s what they signed up for and if you can’t take the heat you need to get out of the kitchen.

      • DaveRaz says:

        You nailed it.

      • Erin says:

        Yes, and when you’re on a show and you say “this whole thing is whack” well someone has to tell you “them’s the brakes kid, you don’t like the ride, get the off. We’ve done a tremendous amount for you already, and guess what you’re still winning”. I know he was showing true emotion, but before Harry’s comment he did sound spoiled and ungrateful.

      • MC says:

        People can pretend there was no anger in Quentin’s remarks, but there was some and that’s actually why Ryan actually asked the question in the first place. Harry was also responding to that noticeable anger. Quentin could have replied to Ryan, “I’m sad my friends are in the bottom two.” Many have said exactly that over the years on this show. End of story, but Quentin’s statement seemed to be a rebellion against the show itself. Given the opportunity, he rightfully mollified his original comment.

        • AlyB says:

          Seems to me you’re intentionally misinterpreting the situation just like Harry did. Worse, even after he explained it all quite clearly for those who failed to understand him in the first place.

          • MC says:

            I believe it was an immature outburst because if it’s “wack” that Joey and Rayvon are in the bottom two, then by definition two of the “others” (not his friends I guess) deserved to be there. How is that good sportsmanship?

          • Tyler says:

            I think the reason Quentin thought the whole thing was “whack” was because he knew Joey would be going home since the twitter votes favored someone from the East Coat like Rayvon over Joey who’s from Texas. And in a way–Quentin was right.

        • Kara says:

          I agree with you Q started back pedaling when he realized he was acting like a tool.

        • Mary says:

          What you classify as noticeable anger I say it was him trying to reign in his emotions about be sad for his friend. To be honest this new format is whack. They put these kids in as I say a electric chair and what to see if they are safe. Then to add more stress they make them sing for the twitter save, which isn’t fair due to the fact not all can participate. Yes Quentin could of chosen better words to express himself, but in the heat of the moment many people, you included I bet, don’t always have the right words. Harry added fuel to the fire by attacking him. Yes that is really professional.

        • Lisa says:

          It still should have been handled OFF camera, regardless. Harry verified they were still live and said “Good!” before he started his rant. That should not have happened. Whether it was a temper tantrum or not, you don’t purposely try to make an already embarrassing situation worse.

      • Alyce says:

        ‘Quentin angry is kind of scary’. You just captured in six words why black men and women are killed in this country while knocking on a door for help, for wearing hoodies, for not smiling to show people they aren’t ‘angry.’ Quentin is a fashionista often pinged for his sensitive theatricality. For heaven’s sake, if he were white he’d be Adam Lambert.

        • Morms says:

          This!^^^^

        • karenb says:

          Go Alyce

        • ann says:

          This, x 1000!!

          • guesty says:

            Couldn’t agree more. Signed, 40 year old white woman.

          • Macy says:

            Amen to Alyce, telling the truth!! I am also a white woman in her 40s… there was nothing “scary” about Quentin except what some ignorant people have pre-programmed their small brains to believe.

        • BobL says:

          Except that Adam Lambert can flat out sing. Look, I actually like Quentin quite a bit, and I thought that he sounded quite eloquent and sincere after the blow-up. But Harry is right about one thing: the guy really struggles with his pitch. The Sounds of Silence was painful. Q has a great future as an artist, but his art is design and style, not singing.

          • Maura says:

            Glad the point didn’t hit you when sailing right over your head, Bob:)

          • Temperance says:

            His singing was much better than you suggest. And in the end it’s immaterial. Rihanna had three hots before I saw her live and I called her The Tonedeaf Goat after. Both she and Katy Perry sounded horrible (horrible) live during their first few hits. They they worked their behinds off and got much better. Neither is immune to the same occasional pitch slip like Q has. Better that than to be so boring that I can’t remember either of the songs they sang by the end of the show (like Nick and Rayvon).

        • Daveraz says:

          Quentin is a black Adam Lambert? WtF

          Quentin is a gay man who can sing so good that he replaced one of the greatest lead singers of all time?

          I can sort of see where you are coming from with the emotion and fashion but if anything he is trying to be like Adam but doesn’t have the chops

          • Maura says:

            Sigh – read for context please. She’s referring to the fact that both are stylish, drama-prone nice guys but only one is referred to as scary. I agree Adam is a superior singer but Quentin isn’t trying to be him – he’s going for a more singular aesthetic. He says he loves Erykah Badu, Lorde, Santigold – more moody, eerie vibe

          • Lois Benton says:

            Please don’t lay sexual orientation labels on people. Beside the point that it’s irrelevant to his singing, I haven’t read or heard anything about Quentin himself saying he’s gay. Until he, or anyone in the competition, for that matter, does that, it’s nobody’s business. And I don’t even know how anyone could get that impression from his appearance on this show, even were they rude enough to guess about someone else’s private life.

          • Emily says:

            M i s s e d the point like a pro.

        • MAB says:

          Excuse me but my comment had nothing to do with the color of his skin. It had to do with that thing in his nose. It made it look like his nose was flaring when he was angry. A girl on The Voice had the same thing in her nose and I commented on it. I could barely look at her, it was so distracting and guess what she was white. I am so sick and tired of everything you say is racist. The thing in his nose made him look scary NOT the color of his skin. Did you ever stop and think that it is things like this that causes resentment. It has reached a point where it is over the top. BTW, I like Quentin, I just really don’t like that thing in his nose. Quentin is in my top 3.

          • Mytake says:

            That “thing” in his nose is the ONLY reason you said he looks scary? Lol. Talk about back peddling. If something so innocuous makes you judge people to be scary (and heaven knows you didn’t even THINK of his skin colour… Yah right) you should stay inside your house forever. Can’t imagine if you saw a woman with a nose stud or a teenager with a tatoo on his arm. I’m shocked Jax’s under eye tattoo hasn’t caused you heart palpitations. In case you haven’t figured it out, I ain’t buying for one second that it’s Quentin’s nose ring that makes him appear scary to your mind. Btw I’m a white woman

          • MAB says:

            Its funny but you are pretty much calling me racist but it is not me who is saying Quentin looked scarey because he is black but it is you and others here that can’t believe I can think someone looks scarey unless he is black. So who is the racist? Just to be clear I said when he was angry he looked scary not that he looked scary normally. It’s not just the nose thing but he has very intense and expressive eyes that you can see the anger in. That’s why Ryan said he looked like he could punch someone. He looked angry not sad. NO his color never came to my mind but I am done with this because I know who I am and how I feel, I don’t have to defend myself to you. You talk about Harry jumping to conclusions with Quentin but you feel free to do it with me. Guess what if you saw me right now you would say I look scary because I am totally pissed off and like Quentin I can’t hide my feelings in my eyes either. So I must be black. How dare you!!!!

          • Stasia says:

            Oh dear. You may want to re read your comment – Quentin angry is kind of scary, ESP with the ‘thing’ in his nose. His flared nose made him seem threatening? And calling (white) people out on bias causes ~resentment. to paraphrase Jon Stewart, if you’re tired of hearing about racism, think how exhausting it must be to face it every day. Maybe consider that some people who can see and empathize with a frowning white young man overcome by emotion can see the same expression on a young black man’s face – esp one with piercings and using urban vernacular – and only see anger and threat. Why can’t we take the tiny step of owning this and try to do better?

          • Ok Im disgusted that a black man cant show his emotion, and that he is sad his friend is in the bottom 2, without people judging him as a “scary” person! Go back and look at the show. The judges and Ryan acted judgmental also not just in what they said! It was like “The Show” and then Quentin defending himself! What ALYCE wrote, up above this post is exactly true in what is going on out there! You have to ask yourself….. If Quentin were white, would it have gone down the same way! And then Ryan saying he thought Quentin would hit Harry? That was uncalled for! Also Judging a person because of his nose ring or tattoes is the same as profiling someone wearing baggies or a hoodie! STOP IT!

          • Also, ask yourself this! If clean cut Clark Beckam, in his suit and no nose ring said”This Sucks to see friends I love going home” if anything would have come of it . I mean with Harry saying what he said. I dont think it would have went down the same way! Nothin against Clark im just making a point. It may not seem racist, but I truly believe, if anyone else had said the very same words that Quentin said, It would not have turned into what it did! No but Harry had to make a big deal out of it with Quentin! I am just furious with Harry and then j-lo had to bring it up again! oh And then Ryan threw in his 2 cents saying he thought Quentin would hit Harry! All of that crap should have been said on commercial breaks and its terrible they let us see that! By the way I am also a white woman and protest every chance I get and I take my white son with me! BLACK LIVES MATTER!

          • MAB says:

            You are so wrong! It had nothing to do with color with Quentin. If Clark had done the same thing there would have been the same reaction. In the past there were others that mouth off to the judges and got crap for it. Haley for one and also Elise. I am not saying that the judges were right and for the record I think Harry should not have said what he did. He could have asked Quentin to clarify what he meant but he didn’t need to say the things he did. He made it a lot worse than it was. Quentin was angry and the anger showed but the whole thing got out of hand but please don’t make this about race because it’s not. For some reason Harry does not seem to like Quentin, I have no clue why but I really in my heart don’t believe it has to do with the color of Quentin’s skin. I know a lot of people felt my comment was racist but it had nothing to do with the color of Quentin’s skin. I really like Quentin but I can’t stand his nose ring. I’m sorry but it turns me off. To me it makes him look fierce but I would feel the same way if he was white. Believe me or not. Just to let you know I am also a white woman who brought up my sons not to judge people by the color of their skin or their religion. I am catholic, married to a Jewish man and had to contend with prejudice because of it. Don’t get me started about what some bible thumping Christians have said to me about my husband. Yes, in this day and age. My one son is married to a dark skinned Asian woman and my grandsons are a gorgeous mocha color. My oldest granddaughter’s long standing boyfriend is black. I apologize to anyone I may have offended with my comment but just like Quentin my words were taken out of context and I was misjudged. I too hate what is going on in this country. We go two steps forward and one step backwards. When I was a little girl maybe 6 or 7 I befriended 3 black children in my class, two boys and a girl. I sat with them for lunch, shared my books with them, they were my buddies. The teacher was concerned and told my mother and I got in trouble for it and was forbidden to be friends with them anymore. It broke my heart and when I had children I swore I would not bring them up that way. That’s why I am so sensitive about being accused of something I fought against my whole life.

          • MAB Im glad you explained everything to me . Ok I understand that you got somewhat misunderstood! But I feel like the show AI was way wrong to keep filming or else they should have gone to commercial break! I feel like they purposely put Quentin on the spot to defend his feelings for Joey and Rayvon and then it was very UNPROFESSIONAL of Harry to say well you can go home! In front of America. And yes I believe that Harry would never say that to Clark or Nick! They would be given a free pass if they said something to that effect of this is whack! This would NEVER EVER happen on the voice. None of the judges would ever be that rude as Harry was! I have been tired of Harrys mouth since week 3! A long time ago! Im tired of his damn intonation and pitch replies! He is so much more annoying than Simon and Nikki Minaj could be at the same time! The show did not have to put Quentin on the spot and if I were him I would have left the building! Harry also needs to quit showing favortism! Screw him!

          • MAB says:

            I totally agree. The whole thing got out of hand. I don’t think Quentin was totally right either. I do think he was angry and some of the anger was because of the critique from Harry. You could see it on his face when Harry was talking to him. Maybe it just all got to him tonight and when he got called he realized it was a good chance Joey would be going home and he was upset then Harry judging him on his pitch problems again just hit him wrong. In a perfect world Quentin would have been able to control his emotions but he is human like the rest of us. Yet Harry is suppose to be a mature grown up and not let it go off the rails like it did. I get the feeling for some reason Harry does not like Quentin but I have no idea why. I do not think it has anything to do with race but there is something there. The whole think was really weird and I do feel bad for Quentin. I use to really like Harry and I do think he is a good judge but sometimes he gets weird, like tonight. I just hope this doesn’t hurt Quentin because I do think he is very talented and deserves to get to at least the top 3.

          • I cant stand Harry. He is a schmuck with an attitude and thinks he knows everything! Harry just made the show itself look very bad. He nitpicks everyone to death and I dont see him at the music awards ever, like I do Adam Levine and Blake, but he acts like the expert even over more important and better stars than he ever will be.Mr. Know-it-all Jazz Guy who doesnt EVER shut-up and shows off every chance he gets!

          • ben says:

            MAB, Fret not, This is the NEW America. The side who SO wants everyone to be judged for their actions and not the color of their skin are always there, waiting for anything that might be even slightly construed as racist, to pounce. The guy who wrote this article even went there. There are plenty of black people who are appalled by such a mindset, for it depicts them as infantile, unable to fend for themselves, so all these self-righteous race-baiters have to cry wolf, often without any provocation whatsoever.

        • Jill Moy says:

          I’m sorry, I don’t agree with this racial thing! There have been plenty of black AI winners and in my opinion, none of them deserved the win! This thing with Harry had nothing to do with race! If Jax or Clark said the same thing, Harry would have said the same thing!

          There are more tactful ways of speaking than “SUCKS” and “WACK!” In a small way, Quentin was complaining about the procedure of AI! There has to be a bottom 2 and one must respect that! He can keep his thoughts to himself! As for Harry, I have never liked that complaining idiot! He misread the situation! He was defending the show! He made a mistake! Why can’t he be forgiven like everyone else??????

          People can snap! He had no right going up to Harry like that! Security should have stopped him! His song WAS OVER! If he had to speak he should have spoke from THE STAGE!

          I am far from a racist, but the fact remains the way he walked over to Harry, he could have lashed out and violence could have occured! Nobody knows for sure! PEOPLE SNAP ALL THE TIME! And I’m not saying this because he’s black!

          He appologized in a nice way before his second song! He could have waited until then to speak to Harry, not walking over to Harry the way he did!

          Bottom line……HE SHOULD HAVE KEPT HIS MOUTH SHUT! I think this whole thing is no big deal! Shi* happens! Let’s forget it and move on….shall we!

          Has anybody thought maybe his comments cost Joey the save! People (some) didn’t like his comments and took it out on Joey who was suppoaedly best friends with him????? It’s possible as the vote was close! His comments accomplished NOTHING!

          • Kelly says:

            I really wonder if the producers told him to approach Harrry. If not, it seems like security would have stopped him. Can’t you see it? “Hey, this will make a water cooler moment! Get him to go over and explain himself!”

          • MAB says:

            Jill, I totally agree with you.

          • Jill Moy says:

            For crissakes people, stop with the BLACK MAN STUFF! IT WASN’T racial! HARRY WOULD HAVE SAID THE SAME THING TO A WHITE PERSON, ORIENTAL, HISPANIC, ETC.! WHY DOES EVEYTHING HAVE TO BE RACIAL!

            Has anbody thought that if Quentin would have said, “I’m really upset that these two artists are in the bottom two. Joey is my best friend, and I especially feel bad for her”, Harry would have said nothing in return! But instead “sucks” and “wack” was part of his comments which is childish and uncalled for!

          • syb says:

            Violence could have ensued? Geez. Did it ensue? Did Quentin raise his voice? Did he do anything but calmly explain that his words were misconstrued? Good lord. I know people hate to be called racist, and I don’t think everyone who makes a stereotype driven remark hates black people. But I do not for a minute believe that if Clark or Jax demonstrated frustration at seeing friends in the bottom 2 by saying “this whole thing sucks” and even assuming Harry would have gotten on his soap box in response, prompting said white contestant to walk over to the judges table, anyone would have expected a violent encounter.

          • ben says:

            Oh, you’re ridiculous. I had rooted for Quentin. My ONLY complaints were the nose ring and two many sour notes. But I liked his style, affection toward others, particularly Joey, and what I perceived as an humbleness. But, you do NOT, under ANY circumstances, march yourseolf all the way back from near the contestants area, back up the stairs, all the way across the stage AND AROUND THE CORNER OF THE TABLE, within mere FEET of the man who just uttered words that probably seemed “WACK” to you. No excuses!!!

        • Mitzi says:

          Yes. Finally. Totally apart from his performance, Quentin is a young black man who expressed himself. And for that, he’s been accused of being violent – even called a “thug” on other blogs. He just didn’t act white enough – or know his place. Sure, I cringed when he showed how he really felt. It was uncomfortable, but it was real. For that, he was shown the door and then subjected to “I thought you were gonna hit him.” Of course, Quentin was “raised better than that.” Surprised, Ryan?

          • Jill Moy says:

            MITZI,

            The same thing would have went down had he been white! This black man stuff is too much! That’s the problem in the world, everything has to be about black and white! There is black and white issues, of course, but half the time there is no issue! THIS WAS NOT A RACIAL ISSUE! And I can’t believe there is a poll, Quentin vs. Harry! That’s making a mountain out of a mole hill!

          • Jill Moy says:

            MAB,

            THANK YOU!

          • Jill Moy says:

            SYB,

            I disagree! The same thing would have been felt by people, black or white! It isn’t a racial thing….PERIOD! Harry would have said the same thing , white or black and even if a white person went over to Harry, many would have felt the same way! Stop trying to make this racial! IT IS NOT! If Clark had walked over to Harry, Ryan would have commented the same way! BELIEVE IT!

          • MAB says:

            I feel the same way, Jill. So tired of everything having to do with black and white. I think this kind of sensitivity is causing more hate and resentment.

        • marie says:

          Thank you, Alyce, you are right on the money. I was thinking along the same lines.

        • Tina says:

          There’s a big difference. Adam can sing. Quentin can’t.

      • Mary says:

        see I don’t think he was pissed about Harry’s critique, he hears it every week from him, nothing new. In fact Quentin has tried to improve on it and in my opinion has. Joey is a close friend he was obviously, well I guess not to all, that she was maybe going home. I agree he didn’t express himself very well, but Ryan and especially Harry added fuel to the situation. He knows that is what he signed up for but when it happens you are never 100% prepared for it. Stereo typing much, what does having a nose ring have to do with anything. He is new to the business, he is learning – not everyone can turn off their emotions that easily.

      • Jill Moy says:

        MAB,

        I agree with you just like you agreed with me! NICE JOB!

      • Annie says:

        At the top of the show I noticed that Quentin seemed to be in a bad mood. With his posture and facial expression, that struck me right away and it even made me look specifically at him every time the camera panned the contestant “lounge”. I wondered what was up with him.

      • Ray says:

        Wow, well said. He has showed his anger before. Wonder what his background was like, poor guy. Hope he makes it in something, realizes his anger issues, and gets rid of them professionally. All these contestants are good., but some of the past Idol shows have had better. (The judges did not make the best choices.) It’s time to bring Simon back and get rid of JLo. This will make Idol more professional and get people watching again.

      • Ray says:

        You got it absolutely right MAB; Quentin was already angry and said what he said. Afterwards Ryan asks him what was wrong. Harry did take it a little too far, but I believe Quentin got angry & disrespected. I know all are young, we have to learn things the hard way sometimes. (The best word is the one Not spoken. Hard to do if you have anger issues.) Harry later made matters worse by making a statement that he did not think through. There are many musicians on Idol, not just one. Harry needs to recant that statement. He is a good judge. We all say and do stupid things. (The good thing for Idol is that their viewers are now at least talking about the show.) Seriously, Simon needs to return and JLo needs to go!!!!!!!!!

    • chris says:

      I think Harry is angry at Quentin for not following his advice about his pitch. Harry sees it as a character failure on Quentin’s part–he’s not working hard enough, he’s not listening. Harry can’t look past it and see all the things that Quentin does work hard on. So tonight he let him have it even though it was obvious that Quentin was just upset to see a friend go home which is one of the great things about Idol. The singers form such close bonds that they really don’t want to lose contestants. They want to win but they don’t want to see their friends hurt.

      • Daveraz says:

        That’s a really insightful and different comment about Harry’s feeling toward Quentin. I generally fast forward all judge comments to form my own opinion of the musicians and frankly watching this show has become too much of a time commitment so my wife and I only watch single performances. (Thanks to DVR)
        I did hear Harry’s comment about Quentin’s pitch and agree with Harry but Lenny Kravitz’ song maybe the easiest of all time both vocally and instrumentally. Virtually impossible to forget a lyric. You may be onto something and will need to watch Harry’s comments more re: Quentin to see where this goes but don’t think this song had many pitch issues

      • toadily says:

        It’s Harry’s job to coach singers to stay on pitch, as he did after the second performance, and at the same time he said Quentin had the ability to do it, just work on it. Quentin agreed and took it as a the budding professional that he is. Your supposition that Harry was motivated by anger to cause a tiff lacks understanding of the hard work needed to become successful in a highly competitive industry. Quentin is frequently off pitch so he needs to hear it. He’s my favorite so I want him to succeed.

      • Temperance says:

        Q’s pitch has improved significantly, and guess what? Other singers are routinely more frequently off pitch yet get free passes every week. And they are also boring as all get out. It’s clear he’s got something against Quentin.

      • marie says:

        I just listened again to Quentin’s Sounds of Silence on YouTube, twice. I grant you that as a trained musician Harry may well have a more discerning ear than I have, but I promise my own ear for pitch is pretty doggone good and I really don’t believe any pitch problems in that performance were all THAT severe. I heard some SLIGHT sharpness in a few places, but Harry made it sound like Quentin’s pitch was painfully off throughout, and it really wasn’t. I really don’t know what Harry thinks he’s hearing. I am regretfully beginning to believe he (Harry) has formed an idea that “Quentin sings off-key” and isn’t really even trying to see past that.

    • IRENE DANIELS says:

      Harry needs to show off, but the only thing it showed, was that he is an entertainer that thinks he knows everything.. Really bothered me when he said what he did. Its fine that he comments on performances, but since he was the one who was disrespectful; meaning that Harry didn’t know how Quentin really felt, Harry should leave the show, and not Quentin. Harry is older and should know better.

    • Tom22 says:

      I’ll add something to this although I seriously doubt anyone will read it this far down the thread a day late haha.
      .
      Harry Connick mentioned a performance in relation to Tyranna’s Why to Fools Fall in Love.
      .

      .
      If you watch the YouTube link you can learn quite a bit about a LOT of things. That 13yr old can write and sing a song about love with a strong on pitch voice only one of them.
      .
      You also can see how a musical guest on live TV shows had learned to dance a bit as part of the trade of being a singer.
      .
      Important to this Quentin reaction, you learn from the clip that a stage entertainer must also be a comedian, ready for counter quips, perhaps pre-meditated and rehearsed in the YouTube clip, but what should be expected of all people taking a mic up on stage.
      .
      True point that Quentin didn’t have the experience in that, yet the 13 year old in the video must have been a Quick study. This is the sort of thing that can be taught to baseball players etc, some of it is rehearsed, some is Natural though.
      .
      Watch the week before’s Kelly Clarkson based realitycheck episode and you’ll see how Kelly bantered humorously with Harry, even putting Harry in place from asserting his parity in stardom with the superstar by finding room to call him a “crap-Dad”
      .
      Sure that stuff comes with years of experience, but “telling the truth” isn’t the point, making a point with humor is what performers must learn to do.
      .
      For that matter, if you go watch Kelly back in season one, one of her big strengths beyond singing was her way of slightly diffusing the lush praise with bats of her eyelids and little funny squeaks etc. She was a budding natural then and THAT is part of what makes a star entertainer(beyond being entertaining when said I also think that sense of humor and awareness comes across in performing songs themselves.
      .
      OK , no one read that. But I had fun saying it.

      • marie says:

        Au contraire, I read it, and while I may not agree with all your implications about Quentin, I certainly enjoyed the clip. Frankie Lyman comes across as something of a prodigy; thoroughly enjoyable live performance. Thanks for posting; I meant to watch it but forgot.

      • Jill Moy says:

        TOM22,,

        Frankie did not write the song! The leader of the group Santiago wrote it! Frankie became popular and he took credit for the song! He was lucky they even let him join the group! He was not a founding member! Levi later put his name as co-writer on the song! Frankie couldn’t write music at 13 years old!

        Poor Santiago formed the group and wrote the song! He sued awile back as he never received a dime for writing the song! Plus Frankie left the teenagers flat without warning, singing on his own! Despite in the movie, showing Franking singing with his falsetto in his 20’s, it wasn’t true! He lost his great voice before 17 years old!

        • Jill Moy says:

          Santiago won in court but later it was reversed! Poor guy never got his recognition for anything!

        • Jill Moy says:

          Last name and thief of the writing of “FOOLS” is LEVY! H. Santiago couldn’t prevail as the statute made it impossible to win!

          • Jill Moy says:

            In fact, I don’t think Frankie ever wrote anything! Know-it-all Harry needs to get his facts straight before opening his pie hole!

        • ben says:

          Hey! Jill! Let me ask you! Have you ever heard of a period? It looks lie this.

          • Jill Moy says:

            BEN,

            I was only bringing to light the facts….FRANKIE LYMON WAS 12 YRS. OLD WHEN HERMAN SANTIAGO WROTE, “WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE!” Why not know the facts??????? He wasn’t even part of the group yet when HS wrote the song!

          • Jill Moy says:

            HEY BEN, DO YOU KNOW HOW TO SPELL LIKE???? What planet is LIE, LIKE?????????????????

          • ben says:

            Wow, so very clever! Like I truly cannot spell the word. I’m not goofy enough to waste anyone’s time on obvious typos, but 12 exclamation marks in 5 sentences isn’t a typo.

      • scarpe says:

        @Tom22 — Thanks for posting the video. It shows just how much of a d*ck Harry can be. To me, Tyanna *is* as personable and spirited as Frankie Lyman. Two major differences btwn the Lyman performance and Tyanna’s: Obviously, all of that banter in the video you posted is rehearsed. The contestants on Idol have to think on their feet. Second major difference is the context for performing and the cruel/ridiculous format of this season’s Idol — forcing contestants to perform while enduring the stress of discovering who is saved. Re: Quentin– don’t know how many of us would be able to handle all that, enduring the pedantic comments from Harry, and handle ourselves with aplomb and humor. (Side note: I do appreciate that Harry at least offers honest critiques.)

  14. Have A Nice Day says:

    Tyanna should go home? Come on Michael who wants to see Rayvon get twitter saved a fourth time?!

    • karenb says:

      Watch him win the whole thing lol

    • Florence+TheMachineRules!!! says:

      Tyanna should not go home, she is technically and vocally the top 2 of strongest vocalist along with clark

    • JM says:

      I do! But maybe not against Tyanna. Jax or Nick though–no problem!

    • You mean rayvon saved a fifth time? Dont forget when Adanna and Maddie left, he was in that bottom 2 also!

    • jen mac says:

      Jax should go home she is not a great singer average at best!!! last night was just awful it seems when it came to the judges comments about her they felt scripted and JLO looked annoyed while delivering her critique to Jax as if she disagreed with it!!! she knew Jax was screechy and pitchy as all heck. Jax even stopped singing during beat it when it was obvious she shouldn’t have. Where was the critique on that?

    • Jill Moy says:

      BEN,

      NO, I THINK YOU CAN’T SPELL! You think Jax (JOAX THE HOAX THE MOAX) is an absolute knockout? When was the last time you had your eyes examined? I think she must have been a prize fighter when she was younger! She was punched in that nose over and over again!

      • ben says:

        Aw, come on… You need to get your comments straight. I never said Jax was hot. Quite the opposite!!! It’s in here, somewhere…Wish there was an easier way to track down comments.

        • Jill Moy says:

          BEN,

          Sorry about that! Maybe there’s another Ben on here! You mentioned Karaoke in Vegas! I have to go there once a month! Were you at ELLIS ISLAND? It’s the number one Karaoke place people go to! But, the sound system stinks…the acoustics are terriblle! The singers are usually terrible! Nicolas Cage goes there as well as magician David Copperfield! I don’t go to karaoke but I was there to eat and they were there. I have only gone to venue I mentioned on this blog!

          • ben says:

            Hearing that drives me up the wall!! How does the club you describe become a “Happening place?” Maybe that’s why all the singers are bad. Who else would abide a lousy sound system?! I don’t recall the name of the place. By mere coincidence, I was there during Elvis Week, right after New ear’s, though I don’t know if it was officially called that. There were guys (and even a couple of gals) decked out in their Elvis finery. I only had street clothes. That’s probably why I got a huge ovation – expectations were low. :)

  15. karenb says:

    “And I’m glad I could clarify it for you.” BOOM. I am so tired of Harry always trying to be the center of attention.

    • Jill Moy says:

      BEN,

      Strange but true! I took a listen and it was very sub-par! This place get’s voted BEST KARAOKE year after year! I guess people love the place, part due to there’s a micro-brewery on the premises and the beer is i$1.50 or so! The couple singers I heard were terrible! But it’s popular!

  16. Lois Benton says:

    Harry’s a jerk.

  17. Amanda says:

    Joey was flat robbed. No way did she deserve to go. I love Quentin even more after tonight.

  18. Kim Moores #TeamQuentin says:

    I’m also disgusted by the amount of people calling Quentin a thug now.
    Black guy gets mad one moment and suddenly he’s a menacing thug.
    Really?
    Oh my God this is ridiculous. Ridiculous!

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      Welcome to the “post-racial” America. Isn’t it great? Honestly, I think things were better a decade ago than they are now. Just a few weeks ago, someone on here accused Quassim of making angry gang banger faces when he performs while most people were defending the comment. My heart dropped into my stomach when I read that.

      • Kim Moores #TeamQuentin says:

        I’m honestly curious as to how you feel about Quentin. He definitely has pitch issues so I’ve always assumed you 100% aren’t a fan of him. Though, I never get to ask cause you’ve definitely forsaken idol ^_^

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          I watched tonight, and honestly, I can’t get into Quentin. I respect that he has a vision and an identity for what he wants to do, but I can’t get behind a singer who is wholly incapable of singing correct notes. If he can fix the pitch issue, I think I’d be behind him. That being said, out of this group, he was one of the better ones. I thought Monday’s The Voice was a bit of a let down after those epic playoffs, but tonight’s Idol put that all into perspective for me.

          • Kim Moores #TeamQuentin says:

            I can respect that. I know that his pitch issue is a big factor and thankfully for me he makes me feel such a way that I can ignore it.
            If he could sing in tune all the time (idk if that’s something he can achieve while remaining on this show, looks like he needs very intimate coaching) there would be no reason for him to not win imo.
            The Voice was pleasant, the people who were great were great enough for me to ignore the bad. Tonight on Ai was just a hot mess.

          • MC says:

            People are hating on Harry now, but he gave Quentin plenty of compliments after the second number. He has always preached to Quentin about pitch, however. The substance of Harry’s complaint is correct, but I think Quentin has become very tired of hearing it. I thought Quentin had a short fuse tonight and those closest to the stage (including Ryan and JLo) immediately noticed it. I thought that Ryan was giving Quentin an opportunity to vent because ultimately it’s not healthy to keep those feelings trapped in the core of your being.

          • Kim Moores #TeamQuentin says:

            He gave Quentin compliments because if he’d carried on with his asshat tirade like normally the show would be THAT much more awkward
            Harry may have been correct, but Harry had no business fueling that. That was a private affair and not one for public. The man made sure the cameras were still rolling before he said anything.
            Drama king Harry

          • MC says:

            @Kim Moores – The compliments from Harry were not new. He has actually said the exact same things to Quentin several times in previous weeks (of course this is an inconvenient truth). Suppose Clark and Jax were in the bottom two; Quentin would not have said two words about that. I think it’s wrong to imply that Joey and Rayvon (who is a good singer btw) are more deserving of success on the show because they are Quentin’s friends. Ryan is in a position on stage to hear contestants muttering to themselves and he often follows up by asking what is bothering them. That’s what happened here and Quentin said his piece. I just don’t agree with the way he articulated those feelings.

          • karyn says:

            MC is exactly right. Harry wasn’t saying this stuff for the first time. Quentin was pouting and all but rolling his eyes while Harry repeated that he can’t just ignore the pitch problem and I think Ryan started the conversation out in an effort to let Quentin explain himself so it wouldn’t hurt him.

            I didn’t hear the comment quoted above somewhere (Ryan saying he thought Q was going to hit Harry) but if it happened, it was unfair and not nearly as PC as Ryan usually is.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        A decade ago????? They were better in the 70s! I think Jennifer hit the nail on the head – he’s kind of a moody artist. His race had absolutely nothing to do with the manner in which he reacted.

    • Macy says:

      OMG, who is saying that? Yes, that is ridiculous and it infuriates me. Truly, can people not see that Quentin is just artistic and emotional? There is NOTHING thuggish about him. I am constantly amazed at how ignorant some people are.

      • jen mac says:

        I agree with you Quentin is an artist!!! Perhaps there was a lot going through his mind at that time I mean jax performances were horrible off pitch, screechy and the judges said they were happy to see Jax in her element, running around the stage letting loose but not one word about the vocal performance why??? of those who were left last night she is the weakest vocally and I guess sometimes it can be difficult to hear nothing but praise for her. Joey and Rayvon are much better and maybe all the idol politics along with emotion just got to him. He is soulful and feels things deeply I like that about him!!!

      • cortezskillers says:

        Interesting comments re Quentin.
        I find him a riveting performer.
        It was very uncomfortable when he got upset, & I do agree that he was already petulant from the critiques, but I admired the way he came back & explained himself.
        perhps he was angry because Nick keeps getting voted in, while a great singer in Rayvon does not, and a quirky artist who is much more original thn Nick, also misses out.
        I totally get his point if that was it. :-D

    • Nick says:

      Who’s saying that? Many people including myself don’t like the way he handled himself but I certainly wouldn’t go that far. Just a heat of the moment thing.

      • MC says:

        Exactly. That’s it in a nutshell.

      • Jaszy says:

        “Who’s saying that?” Go on Lyndsey Parker’s Reality Rocks’s blog and read the Things Get Wack article and you will know who is saying that.
        Over 3,000 comments (most of Lyndsey’s articles barely even get 50 comments) bashing Quentin and turning it into a racial situation.
        Sure, Lyndsey even included a clip that doesn’t even show the whole thing, some parts were edited out…making the situation even worse for Quentin
        It made me really upset. I’m not even really that into Quentin but there’s no need for all the racial name-calling from people who obviously DON’T EVEN watch the show…

    • Mytake says:

      I know what you are saying, but to clarify, Quentin wasn’t mad. He was sad. The problem is it’s almost as if unless a black man isn’t smiling from ear to ear and doing a jig, any emotion or even lack of emotion on his face becomes interpreted as being “scary” or “mad” or “angry” or “threatening”.
      You’re right it is ridiculous.

      • Granny C says:

        Oh my goodness, NOW who’s pulling out every stereotype in the book?

      • toadily says:

        That’s your prejudice. You can choose to look at it any way you want and there are a lot of better options than yours as expressed here by many voices and many colors.

  19. Kim Moores #TeamQuentin says:

    Also, Harry upped whatever disrespect Quentin dished out tonight by calling Clark the ‘only real musician left’.
    I probably would’ve just forfeited right there. Well..maybe not, but that’s incredibly rude.

  20. Bart says:

    Michael, you’re such a Tyanna hater.

  21. Jasper says:

    It breaks my heart to see Joey go, but I’m happy for Rayvon. And Harry was kinda being moronic about the situation. Quentin spoke his mind, and he’s in danger for it. smh

  22. Kim Moores #TeamQuentin says:

    We finally see the results of what happens when a judge/coach incessantly harps on one single damned contestant.
    Look at other seasons, Jess and Haley barely kept their cool and you could see their anger on their face when JLo ran her mouth.,
    This time it’s between two men and this is what the hell happens!
    This was always going to happen if these coaches/judges don’t learn how to diffuse a situation. They have just as much a responsibility to remain professional as the contestants. Moreso really considering they’re the ‘stars’ being PAID to do this!

  23. Pat says:

    All Hail King Rayvon, the first of his name, Champion of Twitter, Lord of Teflon, and Protector of Smooth Runs. Long may he reign.

  24. MAB says:

    Wow, what a weird night. Sorry and shocked about Joey but I think Rayvon killed it tonight. It was his best performance and I think Rayvon and Joey’s grades should be flipped.

  25. Wooster182 says:

    Quentin will unfortunately be in the bottom 2 next week for that confrontation. That’s just how this show has always worked.

  26. Laura says:

    All these grades are so wrong?? Rayvon with a C- and B+, more like B and A-, Also Clarks second song was gorgeous! Tyanna was very solid tonight and did very well, she deserved more of B and a B+, didn’t hear one missed note unlike Quentin! How the hell did Quentin get a B and an A-, I mean they weren’t bad, but didn’t compare to the others! Also Joey with a B for My Funny Valentine, I haven’t disagreed so much with you grades until today! Someone is just salty that Joey went home, and personally Im okay with a 7th place finish from her. Keep voting for Rayvon! C’mon Slezak

    • Erin says:

      I truly loved Clark’s second song and he was so damn handsome delivering it. Quentin on the other hand just needs to sing… better. Like good instead of bad.

      • Temperance says:

        Huh? Sorry, but Clark (my personal frontrunner) was off pitch and out of control in whole sections of Moon River. Harry didn’t say a word, despite having cut the song. Q misses a note or three, and he’s getting labmbasted all the time. And he sings pretty well for a pop singer.

    • JM says:

      I agree. I was convinced Michael and I had watched different shows after those grades.

    • MC says:

      ITA. I didn’t care for these grades at all. They seem to represent the popularity of the artists rather than the actual performances from tonight.

  27. Macy says:

    It was so clear to me that when Quentin came back to talk to Harry, it was because he did not want to be falsely accused of being disrespectful, as he was just expressing his sadness that someone close to him had to go home.

    So I didn’t appreciate later in the show these two things: (1) J Lo later said that what Quentin did took them off guard and it wasn’t in line with how she knew Quentin to be and (2) Ryan joked that he thought Quentin was going to hit Harry. Quentin is an emotional, gentle soul who did not want to be misrepresented, and politely stood up for himself to clear his name. For them to imply that he was, in effect, being confrontational was SO wrong.

    And Harry, a few times over the years, has commented that he doesn’t understand how people are sad when their competitors go home, since it is a competition. That is such ignorant thinking — it is a competition, but people have hearts and grow to care about each other. Why is it so hard for him to understand that? I am SO over Harry. He is just ridiculous and he can leave any time.

    • Amanda says:

      The show clearly wanted rid of him and Joey before the tour and have done what they could to make it happen. Quentin just gave them something else to use in their arsenal of tricks.

    • chris says:

      That Harry doesn’t understand how a contestant can be sad to see other contestants go home says so much about Harry. He wants to be top dog!

      • A White House, TN supporter says:

        Harry has always been a solo act. These contestants eat, sleep, practice, and play together. Of course they are going to become attached to one another. They are all away from their families and go home to one another at the end of an Idol workday. Either Harry has never enjoyed that sense of comradery, or he’s never had the good fortune to enjoy that type of comradery. Sad, really.

  28. Erin says:

    Michael, I love you but your crush on Quentin is out of hand. Sounds of Silence is too bare to be so out of key, or pitch or whatever. There’s just not enough style, feeling or performance to warrant overlooking basic singing chops.

  29. Lois Benton says:

    Worst performance of the night: Moon River. You have a shot to do wonderful things, and that’s what you serve up? And not even a good version of it? Listen to Judy Garland sing it, for an understanding of what it’s about. Speed it up, slow it down, start in the middle, do part of it a cappella … Something! That stunk. Superstition was fine, but why not do something else less overdone? Funny how Quentin can be off pitch a bit and still outshine everybody else. Because he does. Tyanna’s first song was quite good. Nick, boring. Jax, sigh, boring. I love Joey, but she wasn’t good, either song, and Rayvon was loads better, both times. Your grades are way off for him. Rayvon deserved the save. And Harry should apologize. The show is on a downhill slope and Harry’s got his foot on the accelerator.

  30. ChiTownBluesFan says:

    I have nothing against Rayvon – he sang fine tonight. But the thing is, if I heard him on the radio, I’d have no idea who it was. He sounds just like a ton of other musicians on the radio. Joey was different, and fun, and could sing with the best of them. I had no illusions she was going to win, but didn’t want to see her go yet.

    Still, with a wedding upcoming, maybe it’s best she didn’t make the tour. Hopefully it just means someone signs her that much sooner. I’d love to hear an album by her.

  31. Ash says:

    I think they both need to have several seats Quentin threw a tantrum onstage and Harry let himself get worked up about it and lashed out too and really? Blaming Ryan for asking questions?? That is his job! There is a time and place and the Idol stage was neither. When you are in the spotlight you have to deal with things professionally. You already scolded Harry but your rose colored glasses need to come off for Quentin.

    One more thing the bottom 2 should not include Tyanna your Quentin bias is showing there too. Every week he is told to work on pitch and every week he is still pitchy he needs way more work and he doesn’t have much time to do it

    • Macy says:

      How in the world was that a temper tantrum? Ryan asked him a question and he answered, with all of maybe two sentences. He just expressed an opinion, and that equates to “a temper tantrum”?

  32. Carola says:

    Team Quentin all the way! I am glad he had the balls to finally put Harry in his place. That kid might go home next week, but after this show the sky is the limit.
    Harry needs to go home himself!

    BTW still voting for Quentin tons, I suggest all his fans to do so too. He has to be on tour!

  33. jaded says:

    Rayvon is on the bottom three times in a row. Joey’s first time was tonight. Rayvon gets saved. Figures. Well guess what Rayvon. You will constantly be in the bottom two because all that’s left is Tyanna, Jax, Clark, Nick and Quintin and newsflash, even Nick is better than you. I’m done with watching Idol this go around and I’ll just read Michael’s recaps. Tyanna is the only other one I care about and it’s not worth the anger I feel tonight.

    • chris says:

      Gotta disagree. I’m shocked each week that Nick isn’t in the bottom two. He just doesn’t impress. He has more than a decade more experience than Tyanna and Jax but his performances are more awkward. He’s really the one left with no style. He’s a good bar band singer.

  34. Caroline says:

    Harry should have kept his mouth shut and let Quentin just say his piece about his friends. If he genuinely thought it was disrespectful, tell Quentin that in private, where they could have had a whole conversation about it, not on national tv.

    Speaking of disrespectful, it was Harry who disrespected the other remaining contestants when he told Clark that he was the only true musician left in the competition. Say what, now? If he had said Clark was the BEST musician left, well, ok (although that’s also up for debate). but the ONLY one? No way, no how, uh-uh.

    As for the performances? Out of the total 14 songs, I thought maybe 3 or 4 were really good. The rest were meh to bad. It was not a good night for the show.

    Sad to see Joey go. She and Quentin are my faves this season. But I think she will land on her feet.

    • DaveRaz says:

      Disagree. Harry has every right to request that Quentin clarify his statement. He could’ve worded it better as per my message below but Harry is a tried and true musician who has every right to request a kid to clarify which Quentin did in the best possible way.

      • msemmyjones says:

        When did Harry “request that Quentin clarify his statement?” When he told him if he didn’t like who was in the bottom, he could go home? When he called him disrespectful and said he was biting the hand that fed him? When he garbled on about the amount of money Idol was spending on him? It’s fine if you thought Quentin’s remarks were inappropriate, but let’s call a spade a spade here. Nowhere in that interaction was there a request for clarification from Harry, just judgement and berating.

        • Mary says:

          ^THIS^ 100%. I actually laughed about Harry’s remark on the money idol was spending on him. Correction all the money they were spending on JLo, Harry and Keith cause they sure aren’t spending it on the contestants or the tour.

          • T.B. Hammer says:

            The Judges cart-off a king’s ransom from the Idol coffers. The contestants are paid less per show than any average tv show secondary type of character………..

            Idol makes a fortune from cheap “cast” labor. ……..(they do get room & board & meals and medical care if emergency)…………..the only real shot at big money is to win…………..and even then, it could take years of success to equal what some of the Judges get for one season. ………………

            . it is also true though, that if they make top 5, go on tour…. each one of the top 5 should make over $80,000,,,, combined,,,, from per-show pay plus the tour pay and benefits

    • Jaszy says:

      I do love that song that Clark sang. Audrey Hepburn and Moon River….goodness.
      However, what was he feeling? His eyes are again lifeless. He was pitchy. It was very evident. Not good. I just can’t stand Clark. I can’t get behind him at all.

      • karyn says:

        I wish I hadn’t read the dead eyes thing on this blog. I never noticed it till a few weeks ago but now it really ruins Clark’s performances for me. He’s really good when his eyes are closed but when he opens them, I can’t help wondering if there is a person in there.

  35. danin says:

    Harry really was a d and ends w/k tonight.He made something out of nothing..trouble maker,and then freaking Ryan and the racist overtone of his comment to Quentin of all people.Quentin,who has been nothing but humble all season. That said,I didn’t give letter grades tonight.I only really enjoyed Tyana&Clark in the first round(and mind you Quentin is my love).And Clark, Tyana&Rayvon in the 2nd round.For the first time,someone other than my favorites,Clark,Quentin&Tyana did the best song tonight & that was RaveOn.That was beautiful.Jax did nothing w?Beat It.Joey,why o why did she abandon her accordion this season? Can you imagine had she sung My Funny Valentine w/it,instead of the dreadful wig&costume she wore.What a distraction to strip away her most unique part of her . I am hoping there wasn’t an unconscious or conscious decision to throw Quentin under the bus for Rayvon.And please with the Nick.Go away Nick

    • DaveRaz says:

      Harry is doing the job he is paid to do unlike other judges that appear to be afraid to speak their mind. Requesting Quentin to clarify his statement was perfectly fine. He could’ve worded it better but there is nothing wrong with requesting for someone generations removed to clarify a vague otherwise harsh statement.

      • Mike says:

        Were we watching the same show? I saw no request for clarification. I heard Harry respond to a comment with a very rude, and judgemental retort. You didn’t hear the other two take offense to what Quentin said. They knew he was sad to see his friends go. That’s Harry’s problem though. He doesn’t think before he says stuff. He just assumes he knows everything. He made a fool out of himself tonight.

      • danin says:

        Generations removed? My 90 year old mother knew what Quentin was saying&where he was coming from.Now,for those suspicious of Quentin’s real motivation,that he was pissed at Harry and the sub-text going on between them, maybe that is true,but I believe Quentin was upset aboutJoey.Hey! Maybe he knew she was going home.Maybe he knows secrets about the way the show is run that we don’t.Maybe maybe maybe! And maybe he came up to Harry because he’s a stand up guy and Harry was making assumptions about and speaking for Quentin.At first I thought Quentin looked so unhappy and on the verge of tears because he got a tough critique and maybe that was true too.How could he tell Harry if he was stung by his feedback? They don’thave any kind of real relationship.I think Quentin was being as real as he could be.Harry was acting like a pprosecuter. And as much as I like Clark when is he ever called on his wonky notes?

        • Daveraz says:

          Really? Your 90 year old grandmother understood that Quentin just didn’t want to see his friends go home when he said “this is whack”? First, that’s awesome that you are watching the show with your 90yr old grandmother. Much love Second, I didn’t understand what Quentin meant until he explained it. BTW, I thought his explanation was very well done.

        • karyn says:

          Harry didn’t “ask for clarification” but he didn’t have to. Quentin was obviously prevaricating when he claimed he was sad about his friends. He was actually pissed off during his critique b/c he’s sick of hearing from HCJ about pitch issues he appears to be making no effort to fix. Meanwhile HCJ was irritated that Quentin was giving the expression of a sulky 16-year old during an accurate critique and he overreacted to Quentin’s “wack” comment. I think Ryan was trying to help at first but then he put his foot in his mouth too. All around, an embarrassing scene for all 3 but none of them is blameless.

    • Danin I like your comments! Racist overtone is exactly right and I am just extremely sad that Quentin was treated like that. Why couldnt Harry wait until commercial break to say all that to Quentin! It seems to me that Harry is trying to make Quentin look bad on TV to lose him votes!

      • Granny C says:

        Then Harry doesn’t know much about psychology. Now Quentin’s fans (and some that weren’t) are going to band together and vote for him that much more because he was/is threatened.

        • froggybottom says:

          I voted for Quentin and I normally don’t vote. So yes, I think it could work in his favor. No one should underestimate how much we all hate Harry at this point. Harry is awful on this show. This is worse than last year’s camera on Jennifer every performance. And Quentin’s first costume was amazing! He’s a super see guy. Harry is a crusty old curmudgeon with zero sex appeal.

  36. Holly says:

    Tyanna should go home??? What???? Micheal, she is a star! I thought Proud Mary was fantastic. Also, Clark’s Superstition was outstanding. Those were the two best performances of the night. Rayvon and Nick bore me to tears. Rayvon needs to lose the hat already.

    • jen mac says:

      Tyanna is so much better than Jax who seems to slip through with “Good Job Jax” with never any comments about her vocals which are off more than they are on, yes she can sing a pretty song at the piano but that’s it. She has never had a break our performance, doesen’t have a strong voice at all and did a horrible job on both songs. 1st was way to shreeky and Beat It was just a mess. The judges make sure to critique everyone else. I hope she is not top 3, I was hoping Tyanna,Clark and Joey but she is gone so I would like to see Nick/Rayvon but absolutely not JAX.

    • Joe says:

      Michael really has a grudge with Tyanna. He almost never discusses her in his reality check webisodes.

  37. DaveRaz says:

    Live television sometimes makes for real life situations. What Harry did to put Quentin “on the spot” to clarify an otherwise disrespectful comment was OK in my opinion. The way he verbalized his thoughts could’ve been constructed better (unlike this sentence). But again this is live TV and great for ratings. The most impressive aspect of this entire thing was Quentin’s response to Harry’s request to clarify. He was calm, cool, and collective when clarifying that he was using the term “whack” to describe his personal feelings towards the situation. Kudos to Quentin for being a bright kid in an otherwise not so bright situation.

    • ficklelee says:

      Quentin was calm and cool? That face when he walked away from the judges was anything but calm and cool. He looked pissed. Never was a huge fan, and tonight his stock fell even more. So long Quentin.

      • Daveraz says:

        Yes. Calm and cool. Clearly you’re not in many highly emotional situations that are possibly career ending. Look at the situation and you’re telling me Quentin wasn’t calm and cool? He explained himself better than anyone could have in that situation.

      • Amy says:

        Ryan wasn’t out of line.
        Quentin did come off confrontational, with an attitude when he walked over. Blk, whilte, purple, yellow, green, (ie. SO bored with irrational “race wars” on an American Idol blog..huh?)…anyway, THAT is how he looked…to me. And I’m guessing to other people too. But we’ll see what happens. If he gets voted off, the moderators of this site will be happy cuz they’ll have 1000 comments next week, all yammering about yet again “what’s wrong with America.”
        Yes, another nail in the coffin of Idol. As is all the political bickering that has turned this once fun music blog into a big bore. Pass.

  38. Kate Hannon says:

    Quentin offered up the most refreshingly honest moment on live TV in decades. What Harry did was bullying, pure and simple. Maybe if he knew “wack” was slang for “lame” he would have let the comment pass. Kudos to Quentin for standing up for himself.

    • ficklelee says:

      Wow…best thing on live TV in years??? You obvs don’t watch much live TV. You are giving Quentin wayyy too much credit for his entitled, petulant outburst. He needs to go. I’m sure he will next week.

      • Macy says:

        She didn’t say “best thing on live TV”. She said “most refreshinglly honest moment on live TV”. Two different things. I think the only fair thing in your statement is that Quentin is indeed “entitled”… to his opinion, that is. Which he calmly stated to the bully.

  39. Kristine says:

    Absolutely terrible night overall. My favorite performances of the night were actually the last two from Joey and Rayvon. Clark was a big disappointment, Tyanna was mediocre, Nick was slightly better than usual but that doesn’t save him from being a complete bore, Quentin was OK but has done better and JAX was an absolute joke on both performances.

    • jen mac says:

      I agree they all fell short a bit tonight but Jax was by far the worst, I hope she goes soon can’t even imagine her if she makes top 3

  40. Lou says:

    Harry vs. Quentin – both self indulgent. Typical behavior for Harry but I believe Quentin needs sit up and behave like a contestant regardless of whether he’s mentally and emotionally exhausted at this stage in the game. Right from the start, he was slumped over and looked as though he would fall asleep. In the end, an American Idol needs to behave appropriately.

    • Macy says:

      I don’t know if you’re that good at reading body language… If he was “slumped over” it was probably because the high-pressure situation had him looking at the ground with nervousness. You have to put on your game face and deliver a great performance, but you don’t know until 10 seconds before the performance if you’re even safe. I truly doubt he was falling asleep; the context alone is enough to tell you that.

  41. Ralph says:

    Quentin is a joke. He is what is wrong in America. The nerve of him saying the competitive aspect of Idol is “wacked”. That is what it is a competition. Go the hell home Quentin and then neither one of the 2 bottom contestants will have to. You feel like a hero prove it. Don’t think you will you are a fake and a phoney !!!!

    • Kaba says:

      He is what is wrong in America?
      In a country where children disrespect parents, get pregnant at young ages, have no motive or drive to do anything, there’s RAMPANT racism left and right, and I’m not even covering a fraction of the problems in America.
      But Quentin, QUENTIN IS THE SOLE EXAMPLE OF WHAT’S WRONG IN AMERICA?
      Give me a damned break.

      • karenb says:

        Quentin is my favorite. I have to confess though that my kid is one of those who isn’t motivated to drive!

      • ben says:

        Cripes, I am so sick of liberals turning every blasted thing into a black and white issue! That is pure sleaze, sleeezak!! You people are so eager to stoke racial animus that you ALWAYS see in black & white, while pretending to lobby for a color-blind society. Frankly, I’d lay odds that Quentin would not only back me on this, but would tell you where to shove treating him like a defenseless infant.

        As for you,Kaba, “RAMPANT racism?” Yes, if you tune in to all the wrong sources, you would certainly come away with that opinion. I run a store in Alabama. 80% of the customers are black. There has never… NEVER, not ONCE been anything that could be construed as racist that has occurred in my store. That’s over a 22 year period!

        • Emily says:

          Lol, thank you for your incredible insight. The lack of racism in your store clearly means that there are no problems anywhere in America more ‘wrong’ than a guy on a reality singing competition arguing with a judge. Okay.

          • ben says:

            Emily,
            How dare you disparage my own experience, as though it counts for nothing?! It counts for a helluva lot more than someone who tosses out their inherent beliefs, with little to no evidence to back said belief. And I don’t consider msnbc accounts evidence.

            I can only attest through personal observation. Can YOU? Or do you merely swallow the 50-year-old liberal lie, and continue creating divisiveness with phony pleas of “Hands up, don’t shoot!”

    • chris says:

      Showing love and respect for your friends is not okay with you? I’d rather live in Quentin’s America than yours.

      • Renee says:

        agreed. as tvline won’t allow me to post a comment, maybe I can at least agree with someone else’s

      • Amy says:

        Question…why is ‘America’ always thrown under the bus? One flippin’ guy on a singing competition actions does not a country make or break. No matter which side u r on.

        • ben says:

          Exactly right, Amy! (I knew there was a reason you’re my favorite song.) :) Say, do you know if there is a way to get notified about responses to your PERSONAL posts, rather than every single one? My email is too crowded.

    • AlyB says:

      That’s not what he said and if you bothered to do anything other than listen to Harry, you’d know that.

  42. karenb says:

    So we finally got an answer to the Interview Question

  43. Rip Tide says:

    Tonight may not have killed American Idol, but it likely hastened its pending demise. Sad to see such a proud franchise floundering in such an embarrassingly bad fashion.

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      I said the same exact thing to my husband tonight. The formula of holier-than-thou judges putting contestants in their place is deader than dead, and tonight wasn’t just the nail in the coffin, it was the lowering of the casket plus the dumping of the dirt plus the re-sodding. Not that I particularly love it myself, but listening to meaningless banter between Adam Levine and Blake Shelton is what is on trend now (for better or for worse).

    • Reasonable says:

      Years ago, John Rich, as a judge with Jewel and another guy, lit into a couple young girls on the show for being (supposedly) disrespectful (only with an expression) over an issue with Jewel’s comments about them, ..

      and I think that was the last year of Nashville Star……. Turned a lot of people off. …It was like “who are the adults here…, that should act adult,,,,,’ a 15 – 16 year old girls team or the Judges??

      There are ways to correct and encourage teens in high-stress situations, ,,without telling them they ought to just go home if they don’t like how the system works..

  44. Nick won the night for me. He finally broke out

    • Hayder B. Hayden says:

      I never thought I would say this, but I kind of agree. American Girl was the best performance of the night. It was probably the only performance by Nick that I have ever liked, but I have to give credit where credit is due. Long Train Runnin didn’t do much for me, especially with the cheesy choreography, but American Girl was solid.

      • Hayder B. Hayden says:

        Ouch, my bad. Rayvon was the one with the cheesy choreography on Long Train Runnin. Nick totally lost me on Only the Good Die Young. I just couldn’t buy the line about running with a dangerous crowd sung like a piano lullaby. Didn’t work for me.

        • karyn says:

          I agree re Only the Good (and Rayvon’s cheesy choreography). Also, songs that are really telling a story like this don’t work when they chop them up. If I hadn’t known the song already, I don’t think I would have had a clue what the song is even about without the “Come on Virginia” line.

        • Cheesy choreography is right! That was the dumbest dancing I have seen since Marsha Brady danced to Davy Jones music LOL Embarrassing!

  45. jen mac says:

    jax an A- for piece of my heart should have been a c+, it was way to shreeky and whispery all at the same time. it was absolutely horrible. You were right on with c for beat it, that was a hot mess!!! pitchy, off key and just plain awful!!! why are the judges picking on others who were much less pitchy. I don’t get it. Clark was good not as great as I would have liked but he is a front runner along with Nick and Tyanna. I think Harry was way to hard on Quentin, everyone could see he was upset. I would like to see Jax go home next week. The others are way better than she is!!!!

  46. Jake says:

    the voting is totally unfair given that only people on twitter are able to vote…it makes the actual vote on the night useless and only the twitter vote matters at the end of the episode

  47. JM says:

    I don’t understand why people call Rayvon ‘boring’ or ‘vanilla’ and yet love Nick. Nick himself said that he’s been middle-of-the-road, and I agree. Half the time I forget Nick entirely, while I could listen to Rayvon’s butter voice all day.

    • Jess Hahn says:

      Agreed. I don’t understand how Nick is still here.

      • T.B. Hammer says:

        He’s there because of the grade of talent that made,,, or was wild-carded,,, into the top 12 as a whole. ………Goes on a curve,,,, as the pretenders, the boring,,,, the too-many bad song choosers or assigns,,,, and same-old, same-old,, types of characters get slowly eliminated, some are left that can actually sing, play, or perform,,,, with some degree of proficiency…..

    • BobL says:

      Wouldn’t Nick winning just be Idol’s worst nightmare? The guy is almost 30, he definitely sings and carries himself like he’s 30+, he is competent but absolutely unexceptional. He’d be the WGWG to out-white all the other WGWGs. A relevant, contemporary artist he is most decidedly not.

    • Granny C says:

      Totally agree. They are very similar in their vocal strengths and weaknesses and what their best style is–but Rayvon’s voice is TONS better. Rather lose Nick than Rayvon.

  48. JK says:

    The more Harry speaks and “critiques” the less likable he becomes for me. I know what he’s trying to do and the music business is hard and people can be brutal, but Harry isn’t even entertaining anymore or worth listening to anymore.

  49. Jess Hahn says:

    In other words, Harry remains insufferable. Nothing new.

  50. Ann VerWiebe says:

    Idol officially just started sucking.

    • Lois Benton says:

      It’s been sucking since I started watching it in 2008 (except for a few brief interludes with Lambert, Reinhart, Ledet and Glover), but I watch it anyway. Well, I didn’t last year. And I may not next year, if it’s on, or two weeks from now, if Quentin’s not.