Watch: Harry Connick Jr. clashes with an 'Idol' contestant

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
WATCH: Harry Connick Jr. Clashes With an 'Idol' Contestant


An icy moment between "American Idol" contestant Quentin Alexander and judge Harry Connick Jr. during Wednesday night's episode.

It all started after Quentin's first performance of the night, when he told host Ryan Seacrest he thought it was "whack" that two of his fellow contestants were in danger of being eliminated.

And Harry wasn't having any of it.

"Quentin, if it's that whack, then you can always go home. Because 'Idol' is paying a lot of money to give you this experience. And for you to say that to this hand that is feeding you right now, I think is highly disrespectful," said Harry Connick Jr. on "American Idol."

14 PHOTOS
American Idol Harry connick Jr
See Gallery
Watch: Harry Connick Jr. clashes with an 'Idol' contestant
Harry Connick, Jr. arrives at the "American Idol XIV" finalists party at The District by Hannah An on Wednesday, Mar. 11th in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 15: (L-R) Contestant Quentin Alexander, host Ryan Seacrest and judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban onstage at FOX's 'American Idol XIV' Top 6 Revealed on April 15, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Becker/FOX via Getty Images)
Jennifer Lopez, left, and Harry Connick, Jr. speak on stage during the "American Idol" panel at the Fox 2015 Winter TCA on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 08: (L-R) Judges Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez onstage at FOX's 'American Idol XIV' Top 7 Revealed on April 8, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Becker/FOX via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 13: Judge Harry Connick Jr. onstage during 'American Idol' XIV Grand Finale at Dolby Theatre on May 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 01: (L-R) Host Ryan Seacrest and judges Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez onstage at FOX's 'American Idol XIV' Top 8 Revealed on April 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
AMERICAN IDOL XIV: L-R: Harry Connick, Jr, Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban on AMERICAN IDOL XIV airing Thursday, March 19 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 13: Harry Connick, Jr. arrives at 'American Idol' XIV grand finale held at Dolby Theatre on May 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 13: (L-R) Finalist Nick Fradiani, judge Harry Connick Jr., and host Ryan Seacrest onstage during 'American Idol' XIV Grand Finale at Dolby Theatre on May 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 13: Judge Harry Connick Jr. performs onstage at FOX's 'American Idol XIV' Finale on May 13, 2015 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Becker/FOX via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 29: Judge Harry Connick Jr. performs onstage at FOX's 'American Idol XIV' Top 4 Revealed on April 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Becker/FOX via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Musicians Keith Urban (L) and Harry Connick Jr. arrive at Fox TV's 'American Idol XIV' finalist party at The District on March 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
AMERICAN IDOL XIV: TOP 8 Girls: L-R: Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr, in the all-new Top 8 girls Perform episode of AMERICAN IDOL XIV airing Thursday, March 5 (8:00-9:00 PM ET / PT on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
AMERICAN IDOL XIV: (L-R) Judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, host Ryan Seacrest and judge Harry Connick, Jr. AMERICAN IDOL XIV returns with a special, two-night, three-hour premiere event Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2014 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Jan. 8, 2014 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by Michael Becker/FOX via Getty Images)
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION

Now, Quentin had already headed backstage before Harry made that intense comment.

But he immediately came back onstage to confront the judges and explain what he meant.

"For my personal feelings, it sucks to see two people who I've grown to love go home. That's what I mean by it being wack. So I'm not disrespecting this competition," said Quentin Alexander.

You could pretty much feel the awkward tension in the auditorium radiating through your TV.

And poor Ryan was left to break the silence and get the ball rolling again. Ah, live television.

All "American Idol" fans could talk about after the episode was that rather uncomfortable confrontation.

A writer for Zap2it called the incident a "tantrum" on Quentin's part.

And several media outlets even dubbed it one of the show's most awkward moments ever.

But not everyone thought Quentin's rant was uncalled for.

As a writer for Bustle put it, "This outburst sliced a major hole in the Idol voting process and it's about time that a contestant spoke on this flaw and echoed the opinions that so many of the viewers this season have been thinking."

Regardless, Quentin's close pal Joey Cook was sent home during Wednesday night's show. To see who gets eliminated next, you can catch a new episode of "Idol" next week.

More from AOL
Supermodel Gisele takes her last stroll down the catwalk
Is Nicki Minaj Engaged? Rapper Posts Pic of Huge Ring on Instagram
Gisele shares first runway pic at 14 years old, confirms her retirement ahead of final show

Read Full Story

People are Reading