‘American Idol’: Quentin Alexander Auditions In New Orleans

Quentin Alexander made quite an impression on the AMERICAN IDOL judges.

Prior to his audition in New Orleans, he spoke in a taped interview about growing up in the city’s impoverished lower ninth ward.

“I couldn’t really go outside to interact with anyone,” he said.

“There was always something going on. Fighting. Shooting. Its just not a safe place to be. So me growing up in a rough neighborhood made me tough. Growing up in a beautiful, artsy city made me the person i am today. Fashion plays a huge part for me as well as music. It is another way for me to express myself. I don’t spend a lot of money ‘cause I don’t have it.”

The 20 year-old retail associate didn’t exactly blow away judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Conick Jr. with his cover of Lorde’s 2013 hit “Royals”. But they dug his funky style — and believed enough in his potential — to offer a ticket to Hollywood.

Connick: Let me establish what’s right. I think you have a great voice. You have great style. But, like, clearly you take risks with your style, with with nose ring. Everything is pushed to the edge. Two people came to mind: Sly Stone and Terrence Trent D’Arby. Two wpowpl that really committed. I want to see you be weird and be quirky. It was good, but I want to see you push it.

Lopez: You are already doing some interesting stuff. You gotta play more. How you play with your clothes.

Urban: I was thinking more Andre 3000, too, but abandon in the performance. You got everything else going.

AMERICAN IDOL airs Wednesdays and Thursdays on Fox.