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April 15, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT

Was this the most awkward moment in American Idol’s history? Forget about J. Lo’s “goosies!” This incident was just plain “awkies.”

After Harry Connick Jr. panned Quentin Alexander’s rendition of “Are You Gonna Go My Way” on American Idol on Wednesday, the 21-year-old suddenly couldn’t hold back his emotions.

“This sucks,” Alexander told Ryan Seacrest from the stage, seemingly fighting back tears. When Seacrest asked what sucked, Alexander gestured to the contestants in the bottom two (Joey Cook and Rayvon Owen) and said “My best friend is sitting over there…this whole thing is wack. But I’m gonna shut up now.”

He left the stage, but his outburst didn’t sit well with Harry Connick Jr., who brought Alexander back.

“If it’s wack, you can always go home,” said a clearly bothered Connick Jr. “Idol is paying a lot of money to give you this experience and for you to say that to the hand that’s feeding you right now is highly disrespectful.”

While it was a super tense moment with Alexander glaring at Connick Jr, Alexander stayed calm, explaining that he meant it was wack to see two fellow contestants go home, not that Idol itself was wack.

After his second performance, a somewhat shaky version of “Sounds of Silence,” only J. Lo mentioned the earlier awkward moment, saying that she understands the pressure of being a performer, but “we have to control our emotions.” Connick Jr. and Keith Urban ignored the incident, instead discussing his performance.

But Alexander wanted to address the incident. “It wasn’t my intention to disrespect anyone,” he said. “It was just a matter of my opinion. I can’t help the way I feel.” 

To watch the original showdown, skip to 3:15 in the video below (and click here for the full episode recap):

Ryan Seacrest hosts as Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan guide aspiring singers on their way to superstardom.
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