Our take on ‘American Idol’ smackdown: Harry Connick Jr. vs. Quentin Alexander

Harry Connick Jr. vs. Quentin Alexander: Whose side do you take in the “American Idol” smackdown heard round the world? Scroll down to see our fiery forum posters sound off on the controversy. Hurry — make your predictions for next week’s episode and you could win our prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It’s fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down and predicting who will be eliminated next.

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Here are some of the comments from our “American Idol” forum as the smackdown was happening Wednesday night. (If you missed the live confrontation between Harry and Quentin, watch the video at the very bottom of this post.)

Atypical: Live television drama! Goodness.

Ryan Lapierre: Quentin shut up. What a classy person.

Tyler The Awesome Guy: I will take a guess and say that Quentin will be going home because of his little dispute after his first performance.

JB: Wow, “Idol” was full of drama tonight. That exchange between Harry and Quentin was super uncomfortable (most uncomfortable thing on the show since Sanjaya!) and rather annoying. Going Home: Quentin (He shouldn’t have opened his mouth and apparently Rayvon wins all the twitter battles, lol)

vinny: Liked the first [song] but that second one was “wack.” Also, apology was nice but I sorta feel like his thought process was “Damn, I messed up.” The other contestants that were safe must have been like “Dude WFT.” But more importantly, it was good drama. In short, Quentin pretty much screwed himself over.

Troy: I don’t watch “American Idol” anymore, but saw the clips from last night. The Quentin guy seems like an arrogant prick. Connick was right to say what he did — it’s a competition. Get your emotions in check because nobody would even be talking about you if it weren’t for “Idol” (there are far more talented singers/performers than him in any given local band in any given American town). Hopefully he gets the boot next week.

Atypical: I’ll never fault Quentin for having his emotions as he was having them. I could see how he wanted to defend and clarify himself against Harry Connick Jr., who can be very smug and douchey on panel. If Quentin had to say something on the air like that, it should have been confined to his remarks made with Ryan after his performances. Coming back on stage like that for a stare down with Harry was cray and of course would paint him in the “angry black man” light and pretty much seals up his elimination next week regardless of what he actually does in terms of performances. Sad.

Gucci: Honey, Quentin’s little outburst will get him eliminated next week. Harry Connick Jr. is a total douchebag.

Tyler The Awesome Guy: For all those Quentin haters I say, listen, actually listen to his singing voice. He is arguably the most talented of the boys except for Clark, and I think his little outburst was the result of being in the lights and cameras and drama and the crowds of the most stressful stage in reality-competition singing series. He just cracked under the pressure.

BenitoDelicias: That was pretty crazy. I think both men were very very wrong in what they did and what they said. Quentin was pretty ridiculous in general and Harry’s comment alone would’ve been enough to put people against Quentin. Of course it wasn’t Harry’s intention, but misinterpretation of the comment or not, I hate that Harry did that thinking he’s going to go all macho defending his dear “Idol” institution in front of everybody. He had to know it could ruin Quentin very easily.

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‘American Idol’ predictions: 3 singers who can actually win

Congratulations to our user TWTaylorHooper for winning this week’s episode contest. If eligible, this reader will win a $100 Amazon gift certificate thanks to reaping 80% accuracy and a 9,354 point score when predicting Top 7 Week. See contest rules.

TWTaylorHooper’s winning predictions were that Joey would be eliminated, that Rayvon Owen would earn the Idol Fan Save (for the third week in a row), that Jennifer Lopez would have “goosies” and that Harry Connick Jr. would not mention a singer’s “intonation.” He only missed out on predicting whether Keith Urban would give a standing ovation, which he did.

Joey was actually ranked third in Gold Derby’s predictions to go home with final odds of 12/1 (click on the left-hand chart for the episode’s full odds). However, TWTaylorHooper put his 500 point bet on that prediction when Joey had even lower odds of 16/1, thus reaping whopping 8,000 points. That’s why it’s advantageous to keep coming back to Gold Derby to see if the odds of your picks have gotten better or worse throughout the week.

Which singer will be eliminated next? Be sure to visit our predictions center and make/update your forecasts before voting closes Wednesday at 5 p.m. PT. The user with the highest prediction accuracy and most points will win a $100 Amazon gift certificate.

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Our current overall leader JB correctly predicted Qaasim Middleton‘s exit in Top 8 Week. However, he missed calling Joey’s elimination this week (see complete predix), proving that it’s possible to do well in our contests without getting everything right.

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