'American Idol' eliminates Quentin Alexander and saves Rayvon Owen for the fourth time
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/23/2015
American Idol eliminated Quentin Alexander and determined its Top 5 artists who will be going on this summer's tour during the seventh live show of its fourteenth season Wednesday night on Fox.
Quentin, a 21-year-old retail associate from New Orleans, LA, was in the bottom two with Rayvon Owen, a 23-year-old singer and vocal coach from Richmond, VA, based on the nationwide vote following last week's performance show. This marked Rayvon's fourth week in a row in the bottom two.
Both singers performed two "arena anthems" each, which meant they had to take the stage with huge superstar hits fit for a stadium.
Quentin sang "Light My Fire" by The Doors as well as "Shake It Out" by Florence and the Machine. He was praised for both performances and told to "stay on the course." While his vocals were great, he's still apparently singing out of tune.
Rayvon sang "I'm Not The Only One" by Sam Smith in addition to "Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac.
The judges thought Rayvon's first song in particular was a phenomenal vocal. Harry Connick Jr. called it "flawless" and Keith Urban said Rayvon is the "dark horse" in this competition. Jennifer Lopez insisted that if Rayvon keeps it up with these perfect song choices, he might be "the only one" standing at the end of all this.
Once both singers performed, America tweeted in real time to save one of them via the "Idol Fan Save." Home viewers ultimately voted to keep Rayvon in the running again, resulting in Quentin's elimination.
The show introduced the "Idol Fan Save" because the judging panel decided to use its one "Save" of the season early on for Qaasim Middleton. The fan-save twist retired last night, so it will not be utilized again this season.
The contestants still in the running to be named the next "American Idol" are Rayvon, Clark Beckham, Jax, Tyanna Jones, and Nick Fradiani. These five contestants will travel across the country for the upcoming American Idol Live! tour.