OK everyone, we can breathe now. Quentin Alexander, of New Orleans, was the very last of the eight male contestants to get his name called on Wednesday’s night’s “American Idol,” sending him on to compete next week in Hollywood.
The 21-year-old appeared to a be a tight bundle of nerves as the camera panned the five remaining of the top 12 contestants. Ryan Seacrest then called Alexander to the stage at the Fillmore Detroit theater for the last performance of the show.
And he delivered on Motown night, singing Stevie Wonder’s “Master Blaster (Jammin’)” with fervor, if not a little bit of nerves.
“You’re a little bit freaked out because you were the last one picked,” commented judge Harry Connick Jr., a fellow New Orleanian who added that he liked how Alexander was able to make the song his own.
“My favorite part was how you settled into the groove of that and you put the groove into the lineup,” said Connick.
Judge Jennifer Lopez called the performance “smooth,” adding, “You know you’re one of my favs.”
After his performance, Alexander said he was “beyond happy.”
“This is amazing. Please keep dragging me along America,” he said in asking for viewers to cast their votes for him.
The top eight male contestants head to Hollywood for next week’s shows, and will be joined by the top eight female contestants who will be announced on tonight’s “American Idol” at 7 on Fox.