‘Reality Check’: Dissecting the Harry vs. Quentin Clash on ‘American Idol XIV’ (VIDEO)
TVLine.com‘s resident reality TV expert Michael Slezak is back with American Idol 6 finalist Melinda Doolittle for an all-new episode of Reality Check, as the duo takes a look into the highs and lows of the week for American Idol XIV and The Voice 8!
This week, Michael and Melinda are split right down on the middle on the great Quentin vs. Harry debate. Michael is on Team Quentin, condemning Harry for the “disrespecting the hand that feeds” you comment, while Melinda is Team Harry, believing that the judge was on-point for calling Quentin out for his “this whole thing is whack” comment. It’s a lively debate that ponders the question: will Quentin suffer any blowback from his emotional outburst? Could he be in trouble next week, or will this make him even more popular? Also, Michael bids a sad farewell to Joey Cook, while Melinda offers up a pretty brilliant theory on why Rayvon has found himself in the Bottom 2 for the past three weeks running. Michael and Melinda then switch over to The Voice to discuss the horrific elimination of Mia Z, and their completely, borderline comically unsurprising pick for best of the week (seriously, she’s going to be their favorite every week until either she wins this competition or she gets eliminated. And I FEAR for the future of Reality Check if she’s eliminated). It’s fun and insightful, as always! So check out the latest episode below of Reality Check below:
Personally, I’m still Team Quentin, since I think Michael is spot-on in noting that Harry has this strange fixation with the spotlight. I mean, I guess it’s not that strange, but he seems like the kind of person who really should be above getting into those types of awkward arguments on live TV. Address Quentin backstage if you feel something absolutely has to be said, you know? I also don’t think it was that hard to tell that Quentin was talking about Joey and Rayvon landing in the Bottom 2, and not the American Idol process itself, when he said, “This whole thing is whack.” But I guess some things aren’t as clear. I mean, I could understand the confusion, but even then, I don’t think it needed to become the hugely unpleasant moment it became. As for the rest of the episode, I loved the analysis on Jax. It does seem a bit unfair that she gets all these comments about not being authentic, since she feels like one of the most authentic artists on American Idol XIV. Seriously, she seems like one of the few people who knows exactly who she is and who she wants to be up there.
But what do you think? Will Quentin suffer blowback from his argument with Harry or will he become more popular? Or neither? And was Joey/Rayvon the right Bottom 2? If not, whom would you have swapped in? Lastly, who should have gone home on The Voice? Sound off in the comments!