'American Idol's Quentin Alexander: Jennifer Lopez gave me advice that will always stick
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/29/2015
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 on Fox.
Quentin, a 21-year-old retail associate from New Orleans, LA, was in the bottom two last week with Rayvon Owen, a 23-year-old singer and vocal coach from Richmond, VA, based on the nationwide vote following the prior week's performance show.
Quentin and Rayvon each sang two "Arena Anthem" songs. Quentin sang "Light My Fire" by The Doors as well as "Shake It Out" by Florence and the Machine. Once both singers took the stage, America tweeted in real time to save one of them via the show's "Idol Fan Save." Home viewers ultimately voted to save Rayvon for the fourth consecutive time.
Below is the concluding portion of Quentin's interview with reporters, which took place the day after his elimination. To read what he had to say to Reality TV World, click here. For more, click here.
Do you think the show had you at a disadvantage by playing back to the drama you had with Harry Connick Jr.? There was a promo on TV before you got a chance to sing. I know that you moved on, but it doesn't seem like the show has moved on from a business perspective. Do you think that may have hurt you?
Quentin Alexander: Yes. It could have, and ultimately I wouldn't change it only because I put myself in that situation. Like you said, I may have moved on, but it was still something that was going to linger on regardless of how I felt. I'm still very okay with how everything went down, just because it was a real moment that I shared with Harry and with the contestants.
It's a reality television show, and the fact is, we all have genuine emotions and we all hurt for each other and it sucks sometimes. So, ultimately, if that had anything to do with the reason that I went home, then I'm fine with that because it was just me being myself.
Trevor Douglas and Savion Wright are doing their own separate tour. Is there any possibility maybe seeing maybe you and Joey Cook doing some shows together? That might be fun.
Quentin Alexander: You know, I would not be opposed to that. The great thing about Joey and I is we both live in the same city, so that's something that could happen very, very easily. So, we'll definitely be discussing that.
Have you talked to Joey about that potential opportunity?
Quentin Alexander: Yes. Joey texted me, actually, right before the show. And I haven't got a chance to talk to her today because I've been working nonstop, but we're going to get a chance to have that conversation and we got a wedding to plan, so it's going to pretty awesome.
I can't wait to hear what you do with that wedding. Are you excited about that?
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Quentin Alexander: Oh, absolutely. It was a super fun conversation to have when it first happened. I'm really happy for them, too. Her and [her fiance] Evan are the perfect, perfect couple, and they're really good for each other, so I'm excited for that.
Have they been holding your job at Canal Place. Will you be back there?
Quentin Alexander: You know what? I'm not sure. I need to actually figure that out. I do believe that I can just go in there and everything will be fine, but I'm not 100% sure because it's literally been three months since I've clocked in.
I was just wondering what your plans for the future are? I mean, what would you say the next year will be like for you?
Quentin Alexander: The next year is just going to be me working nonstop on putting out my art that I've been working on for a while. Like I was saying, I have some short films that I'm working on that has all my music in it, as well as the fashion that I've created. The type of artist I want to be is one that touches on all of the senses.
A concert of mine would be something that would be just as appealing visually as it is musically, and I think ultimately that's the best way to approach it, at least for me, because I feel that that way there's something that people can take from it.
If you put out enough branches, people can take what they want and be happy because someone may not like what I do, or someone else does vocally, but they love visually and vice-versa. So I'm excited for you guys to see that package when it does come out.
What kind of album could you see yourself making?
Quentin Alexander: Like I said, with my influences, there is a bunch of different things that I'm influenced by, but I feel that an overall vibe of the album would be like a really cool bluesy soulful rock album with hints of modern music.
And I think it'd be really cool to kind of mesh that old, classic flavor with the new, and make something that -- I don't want to say hasn't been done yet -- but hasn't been done enough.
You were being critiqued week after week by judges who have a career in the music industry. What was the best piece of advice that you received from them throughout the process?
Quentin Alexander: The one thing that I definitely held since -- I want to say Top 24. I think it was Top 24, it may have been earlier, but [Jennifer Lopez], we had a sit down -- all three of the judges and I -- and JLo said to me, "Hold on to your art because it's the one thing that makes you you."
And that's one thing that definitely stuck with me because it's the truth. It's the one thing that separates me from everyone else. It's my art, my personal feelings, how I go about doing things -- and it's the same for every other contestant.
So, it was great to hear that from her because I know she could kind of tell at that time that I was struggling to understand my position in the competition and where I stood as far as, "Should I compromise my performances just to kind of fit this mold?" And she confirmed for me that, "No, it's fine. You be yourself, and everything will work out as it's supposed to."
With Mother's Day coming up soon, can you share with us a little bit more about your mom and how she helped you get to this stage in life?
Quentin Alexander: Yes. My mom is definitely my No. 1 supporter. She's been there for me since Day 1, not only because she had to be, because she wanted to be... She's always been there and she's got this big, big, big support for me, and the thing I love about her is she supports me no matter what I decide to do.
I've changed what I wanted to do in my life so much. I wanted to be a paleontologist at one point in my life, and she stood there and she supported it. And I wanted to be a chef, and she stood there and supported it. She's there for me to fall back on if I need to, and the best thing about this is the fact that she got to experience this with me.
I feel that I could even say my mom was more happy than anyone else was, or even than I was, just because she got a chance to see her baby boy do what he's been talking about doing for so long. I'm so grateful that American Idol gave me the opportunity to share that moment with her.
Were you a fan of the show before you got on it? And were there any huge surprises or things that shocked you about the show, having gone this far?
Quentin Alexander: I definitely was a fan of the show before -- like in the earlier seasons, because it was something that I watched with my family constantly, and it was a beautiful thing to be able to experience watching that.
But later on, I got older and I couldn't really watch television, but I was always a fan of the concept and the idea, and the fact that they're doing this to promote and help people become artists.
And as far as the surprises and shocks, I came into it not really knowing anything, and not knowing what to expect, so everything always came as a shock. But I would take it as is, because ultimately in this kind of field, in this career, you never know what's going to come your way, so you just kind of got to roll with the punches, take the waves as they come. And if you survive it, then it means you're destined to do it.
The finale coming up at the Dolby, are you excited about that, and who would you like to perform with if you had your pick, or do you know?
Quentin Alexander: I am extremely excited for that. We go into it looking forward to that big-bang ending, and I'm excited to see who's there at the finish line. Because it's like I said, we've built such a strong bond that it's like a family.
I'm going to be proud of whoever it is and it's going to be exciting. If I had a chance to perform with anyone, at this point, I don't really know who it would be just because I feel that everyone is so great. And if it was anyone on the show, automatically, it's going to be an amazing performance.
Quentin Alexander: Oh, you mean in that aspect. Well then, of course. I would definitely choose like Lenny Kravitz, or someone like Erica Badu, or Lorde, really. Annie Lennox doing "I Put a Spell On You," I would love to share that moment with her because she's such a monster on that song.
Any final remarks, Quentin?
Quentin Alexander: I just want to definitely thank all of you guys for taking the time out to really talk to me. It's always great to be able to get out there and express what's going on, and I'm glad that all of you were super receptive and super nice. Since the beginning, I remember a bunch of you being supportive, so thank you for all of that.