Judges call local 'Idol' contestant 'perfect,' 'brave'

Judges call local 'Idol' contestant 'perfect,' 'brave'

LOS ANGELES, CA (WVUE) - Both of our gulf south "American Idol" contestants not only wowed judges, but a live audience.

Metairie native Quentin Alexander, stole the show and seemed to wow all three judges.

Fellow hometown hero Harry Connick Jr. said that if voters give Alexander the chance, the best could be yet to come. "You have a different presentation all the way across the board and i really hope that America gives you a chance," he said. "If they stay with you, I think they will find that there's a real artist in there who makes brave choices."

Judges Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban were blown away by Alexander's performance of Screamin' Jay Hawkin's classic "I Put a Spell on You."

"The vocals, the way you look, the whole thing, it's emotional, it was perfect," Lopez said. "I really loved it. it was one of your great performances."

Urban added that the McDonogh 35 grad looks like he's already above the 'Idol' spotlight.

"You haven't even made a record yet, and that was and that was like a Grammy performance," Urban said.

American Idol's other southern star, Mississippi's Michael Simeon, performed Michael Bolton's "How am I Supposed to Live Without You" and got some cautionary words from Harry Connick Jr. about staying on pitch.

You can catch the top 12 female singers on Idol tonight at 7 p.m. right here on FOX 8.

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