New Orleans Native Quentin Alexander Advances to ‘American Idol’ Top 16

by Jordan McGuire on March 6, 2015


Last week on American Idol, New Orleans native Quentin Alexander sang “I Put a Spell on You” and received high praise from the judges, the voters and Dr. Funkenstein himself, George Clinton. This week, the Mcdonough 35 alum smoothly belted Stevie Wonder’s “Master Blaster.” Alexander wowed the judges and wooed the audience with his reggae spin on the Stevie Wonder classic.

Alexander closed out the show with his rendition of “Master Blaster.” He and seven other male contestants would advance, solidifying his spot in the top sixteen. Jennifer Lopez said, “I’m so glad you’re here,” after Alexander’s polished performance. The 2015 Jazz Festival artist Keith Urban chimed in to the same tune adding, “You know who you are, you know what song suits you, you know what plays to your strengths. You know how to look, how to move, how to sing. That’s why it was a bullseye.”

JC-Idol-webAnother New Orleans hopeful is street performer Joey Cook. Although American Idol claims her hometown is Woodbridge, Virginia, she has been busking on the bustling streets of the Big Easy in the months prior to the airing of the show. Cook sports an odd look and says, “Anywhere else in the US, people kind of double-take and think, ‘Oh, that girl looks so weird.’ In New Orleans, I blend in, kind of. I fit a little bit more down there. It’s way more my speed. It’s a very artistic city, which I’ve always been very drawn to.”

There’s finally a reason to watch the aging Fox show. So tune in, sit back and watch the New Orleans spirit shine. The top twelve finalists will be revealed Wednesday, March 11 at 8pm on Fox.