NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - One of New Orleans' very own will take the stage again Wednesday night to try to advance in the 14th season of "American Idol."
But Quentin Alexander may have to overcome a remark that put him at odds with judge Harry Connick Jr.
The most memorable moment of season 14 so far didn't happen in a song or a performance.
"We have two of the best vocalists," Alexander said during last week's elimination show. "My best friend is sitting over there - this whole thing is whack. I'm going to shut up right now."
But "right now" might be too late. That candid comment on live TV did not sit well with Connick.
"Quentin, Quentin, if it's whack, you can always go home, because Idol is paying a lot of money to give you this experience," Connick said in response. "To say that to the hand that's feeding you right now - it's highly disrespectful.
Connick taking Alexander to task made for an awkward exchange.
"For my personal feelings, it sucks to see two people who I've grown to love go home," Alexander said. "That's what I mean by it being whack."
And because of his comments, it could be Alexander who heads home. But he said he's not regretful - he's thankful.
"I'm almost really glad Harry reacted the way he did, simply because it gave me the opportunity to speak with other people in America who may have took it the same way," Alexander said.
All season, Alexander's raw performances and unique style have wowed the judges and impressed fans. He's never shied away from being himself. That's what got him to the final six.
"The fans have been so supportive, and there have been more people now than there were before telling me that they understand what happened," he said. "That's the reality of everything. It's a reality television show. And these are the emotions that we feel."
And as far as how he feels about Connick, Alexander said he appreciates the tough critiques.
"I do know that when he's speaking to me or giving me criticism, it's all from a good place," he said. "It's from a place of, 'I want to see you do better because I know that you can.' And I appreciate that."
Tonight we'll find out if America appreciates where Alexander is coming from, and whether "Idol" fans will allow him to move on.
Look for American Idol tonight at 7 p.m. right here on FOX 8.