NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - American Idol will name it's top 10 contestants tonight and among the 11 left, two New Orleanians are breaking the mold using their own style to make it to the top.
Quentin Alexander brings a different, soulful flavor to the mix according to Judge Jennifer Lopez. He and fellow contestant Joey Cook are using their quirks to make it to the top.
"I'm hoping to make that same connection I had in the beginning with everyone then just share a moment again," Alexander said. "Hopefully it works for me to get through to the next round."
Quentin Alexander performed Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," a bold move that judges think paid off.
"I love that you took a female song and made it your own," Judge Keith Urban said. "There's always a spiritual thing you do. You did it again."
Fellow New Orleanian Harry Connick Jr. gave his fellow New Orleanian a more critical review. "I just felt like you sort of coasted over the song, and we didn't see you do what you do every week, which is to get REALLY into it," Connick said.
Quentin is known for making the stage his own, something he says his mentor, music label executive Scott Borchetta, helped with. "One important thing when we're sitting there in the seats waiting for our names to be called -- he tells us to really center ourselves and envision our names being called," Alexander said. "That way so if you get called you really focus and you're ready to perform."
Just as New Orleans boasts its own uniqueness, Quentin thinks he and fellow NOLA resident Joey Cook bring something unique to Idol.
"(We) can appeal to that sort of weird quirky crowd," Quentin said.
Quentin and Joey aren't the only ones taking America by storm because of Idol. Quentin said his biggest fan, his mother Patricia, is recognized across town. "Now when she goes anywhere people are like: You're Quentin Alexander's mom!" Quentin said. "I wouldn't be surprised if she's more famous than I am. Because that happens, she's that woman!"
The top 10 contestants will be announced on American Idol tonight at 7 p.m. Central on Fox 8.