Alexander, 21, noticeably upset after his performance of "Are You Gonna Go My Way," told host Ryan Seacrest, "This sucks," with a frown. "You got two of the best vocalist sitting over there -- my best friend is sitting over there. This whole thing is wack."
Tension rose as Alexander walked to the judges' table to explain himself. He said he did not mean to disrespect the competition, or that Idol was "wack," but later told People that he was afraid the show was going to pit him and best friend Joey Cook against each other in the bottom two.