Lights, camera, action! “American Idol” paid tribute to the silver screen Thursday night during the exciting Season 14 installment of the hit Fox competition series. Each of the final 12 contestants was assigned a song from movies that ranged from “Donnie Darko” to “Dream Girls." But it was Quentin Alexander’s rendition of the “Grease” tune “You’re The One That I Want” that really gave us the chills. Seriously, it was electrifying!
Despite never having seen the 1978 musical, Quentin truly captured the passion of the song sung by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, giving it a slow but intense flair. "I'd never seen ‘Grease,’ so it was just a song to me. I connect really deeply with the way he has that message because he took the time to push out the lyrics, and, as an artist, I always want what I say and my feelings to come first,” Alexander told People magazine after the airing of the live 2015 show.
Judge Jennifer Lopez was touched by the emotional performance, calling it “haunting and beautiful,” while fellow judge Keith Urban critiqued Alexander's “interesting” interpretation. “You’ve got this amazing voice that I think you’re still figuring out how to use. I actually think you can just loosen it up,” the country crooner advised.
Judge Harry Connick Jr., however, was unimpressed with the melancholy rendition of the famous tune. “One of the biggest mistakes you made was when you said, ‘I’m not really going to think about the pitch.’ There’s the emotion of a performance and there’s the technique of a performance. You have to think about the pitch. That was horribly out of tune,” he said.
Connick’s faith in the show was restored when Qaasim Middleton took the stage to perform the Beatles' “Come Together” from the “Across the Universe" soundtrack. Following the act, Connick told the artist that his rendition was arguably one of the best routines of the night, which ultimately lead to his safety on the show. “We’ve come to the conclusion that you deserve the save,” the judge told Middleton after his “tremendous” performance.
Although Middleton had the lowest number of votes, viewers learned that he earned himself the coveted “save” of the season, dodging the fate of getting eliminated from Season 14 by a hair! This means the "Idol" contestant will be around for another night. It also means that fans should expect a double elimination next week on “American Idol.”
What did you think of last night’s episode of “American Idol”? Do you think the judges should have used their only save of Season 14 on Qaasim? Sound off in the comments section below.