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By Krista

Joey Cook

Interview with Joey Cook of "American Idol XIV" on FOX 4/16/15

I really enjoyed talking to Joey Cook. She was such a great person to talk to and seemed like such an easy-going person.  She took her elimination very well and handled it with integrity. She had a positive outlook that it was all going to work out for her no matter that she was eliminated. 

Final Transcript
FBC PUBLICITY: American Idol XIV Interview Call
April 16, 2015/9:00 a.m. PDT

Kristen Osborne, FOX Publicity
Joey Cook, American Idol XIV Contestant


Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to the American Idol Call with Joey Cook. (Operator instructions.) Also, as a reminder, this conference call is being recorded.

Iíll now turn the conference over to Kristen Osborne, for opening remarks. Please go ahead.

Kristen: Hi. Thank you, everyone, for joining us today. As he said, weíve got Joey Cook on the line with us from American Idol, and weíre excited to get started. We can start with the first question now. Thanks, guys.

Moderator: Thank you very much. (Operator instructions.) Weíll take our first question in queue from MJ Santilli with MJsBigBlog. Please go ahead.

MJ: Hi, Joey.

Joey: Hello.

MJ: Weíre all super sad that you were eliminated last night.

Joey: Oh, donít be sad.

MJ: First question. What were you planning on singing next week, your two songs, Arena Anthem choices?

Joey: I was going to do ďStory of My LifeĒ by One Direction, all acoustic with just a guitar switched up Joey-style, and ďCrazy Little Thing Called LoveĒ by Queen.

MJ: Those are awesome. And also, Scott Bradlee from Postmodern Jukebox Tweeted you last night, I guess, and you did do one of his arrangements in the show and also there are other Idols like Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams who worked with that group. Do you have any plans to maybe join them on their tour this summer or anytime in the near future?

Joey: Yes. I mean, I canít say yes or no to any of that. I would love the opportunity to do that. I absolutely love Postmodern Jukebox. I didnít even know, actually, that Haley and Casey Abrams were on tour with him. When I did that version of Fancy, I had no idea. Heís been a huge idol of mine for a really long time. So, yes, that opportunity would be amazing by far.

MJ: Thanks.

Joey: Thank you.

Moderator: Thank you. The next question in queue will come from Michelle Angermiller with Billboard. Please go ahead.

Michelle: Joey.

Joey: Hello.

Michelle: Joey. I am so heartbroken Iím not going to see you on this tour. I wanted to see you on this so bad.

Joey: It will be okay.

Michelle: I just had to say that. You are my top, one of my top picks. I canít lie. Question for you. The drama last night with Quentin standing up for you, what were you processing in your head with all of that going on?

Joey: I was trying to telepathically send him my good energy to tell him that everything is going to be fine, pretty much, yes. Just trying to telepathically calm him down.

Michelle: He said he is going to miss you physically there, and he said that even though he can text and Skype you, itís not the same as having your presence. He just was going on, even last night about how upset he was.

Joey: Thatís my best friend. Me and him have been very close throughout this entire competition. We met pretty early on in Hollywood week. We really kept each other sane throughout this and kept each other grounded. I think me and him have very similar motives with all of this in the sense of being unwavering in who we are through the competition and doing what it takes in the competition, but staying ourselves in the process. We really helped each other out a lot with that while I was there. I am going to be sending all of my good energy to him. I know heís going to do amazing on this and I love him dearly. I cannot wait to see him again.

Michelle: We want to see you again. Do you think thereís an opportunity that maybe, possibly, you might open a show or two on the tour?

Joey: Everybody keeps asking me that. I have no idea if thatís even a possibility. If it is, why not. Letís do it. Iím open to anything.

Michelle: Alright. Iím going to miss you so much on the show. You have no idea. Thank you.

Joey: Thank you.

Moderator: Thank you. Next question will come from Dave Walker with the New Orleans Times. Please go ahead.

Joey: Hey, Davy.

Dave: Hey, Joey. How are you doing?

Joey: Iím great. How are you?

Dave: Great. Thanks for doing the call. Do you have immediate plans? Do you know what youíre going to do right now, whatís next?

Joey: Immediately, I am, tonight Iím flying back to Virginia. I get to see my family for a little bit, which is going to be great. And then I go to New York for some more press things and then back here for the finale. Iíve got a bunch of little things lined up, but I am getting back home to New Orleans as soon as possible.

Dave: Okay. One more question and Iíll let you go. Did you talk to Quentin after the episode last night, and what was the conversation like if you did?

Joey: Yes, we talked during the commercial break during the episode, and we talked for a while after the show was done. It was very much likeóI pretty much just told him that what he did was beautiful, in my opinion. I think that that was the perfect representation of him.

Quentin is a very emotional person. He is very all cards on the table. Thereís no sugar coating. He doesnít hide his emotion. Heís honest. Heís a raw human being, and I think what happened last night was the perfect example of that and how emotional of a person he is. He got, maybe, got a little bit nervous about what happened, but I just told him I love what you did, you spoke from the heart and I think you reached a lot of people with that and brought light to what us as contestants go through during this entire process.

Everybody sees this as a competition and as a television show, and this is our lives. We spend every single waking moment together and then every single week somebody leaves our family. So, yes, we talked about it for a long time last night and the separation anxiety thatís going to happen, but I think weíre both pretty happy about how everything went last night.

Dave: Good luck to you and see you around town.

Joey: Thank you so much, Dave.

Dave: Thank you.

Moderator: Thank you. Next question will come from Beth Kwiatkowski with Reality TV World. Please go ahead.

Beth: Hi, Joey. Congrats on making it as far as you did.

Joey: Thank you, Beth.

Beth: No problem. So, going off on what you were just talking about, I guess, do you understand why Harry Connick Jr kind of scolded Quentin or do you think that was a little bit uncalled for based on the situation?

Joey: I mean, nothing is really uncalled for. Emotions are emotions, and I think last night was a very real moment on television that everybody got to watch. I mean, no opinion on any of it really on whether anything was right or wrong or anything like that. I just, I think that that was a very real moment, and I liked seeing it, personally.

Beth: Okay. Were you fairly confident America would vote to save you since Rayvon was sitting in the bottom two for the third time? I mean, it at least surprised viewers that Rayvon got saved again.

Joey: No, I knew. I donít know how, I just knew. I had a gut feeling that morning that I was going to be in the bottom and the day before, actually, as well. It wasnít that I felt I did bad last week, it was just a feeling. It was just I had a gut feeling and as soon as we got up for the saves and all that kind of stuff.

I love everybody in this competition, and I want everybody to do well, and I know what Iím doing after this. I want everyone else to go further in the competition, and I am happy with the result. I think it was perfect. I think Rayvon deserves it. I think Rayvon is eating this competition up right now. He is proving every single week that heís not ready to go and everybodyís kind of opening their ears to it. So, no, I felt it while it was happening; I felt that it was happening, so I donít think that I was really surprised.

Beth: Oh, wow. Okay. Thank you, Joey.

Joey: Yes. Thank you.

Moderator:. Thank you. Next question will come from Judith Little with YES TV. Please go ahead.

Judith: Hi, Joey. How are you?

Joey: Iím great. How are you?

Judith: Iím good, thank you. Itís nice to chat with you. Early on in the competition, Scott Borchetta, who is mentoring this year, had said that ďTheyíre not just looking for the next anybody, theyíre looking for the next somebody, a real authentic artist,Ē and he talked about you and Qaasim who now are no longer in the competition. How do you think this show has helped develop your voice vocally and helped to kind of mold you into a big artist in front of the American audience?

Joey: This show has done more than I could ever, ever ask for in my entire life for me. They exposed me to millions of people. I went from playing on a sidewalk before this. It really is just completely surreal, and Iíve never had vocal lessons before. Iíve never had somebody tell me what arm movements Iím doing while I sing. Iíve never had any of these things before and getting access to all this information and being able to work with my vocal coach, and being able to learn things.

Iíve learned more about music in the past two months than I have throughout my entire life thanks to this competition and thanks to the best of the best that weíre surrounded by. They really just opened up a can of worms with this for me. The sky is the limit at this point. I could not be more grateful for everything.

Judith: And you mentioned last night your introduction to music through some of the stuff that your mom listened to growing up, but we still havenít heard the story as to how you got into the accordion. Can you share that with us?

Joey: Oh, itís a two-part story. There was a girl who showed up at my house in Richmond, Virginia one night. We were having a housewarming party; we had just moved into a new apartment and she showed up. She was a really little girl, maybe like five foot, 90 pounds. Just itty bitty adorable little thing. And she had this giant backpack on, and she pulls an accordion out. She doesnít really talk to anybody throughout the whole party. Pulls this accordion out and sits in the corner and starts playing these really sad waltzes on it and starts, like, singing commentary about everybody at the party. Like complimenting peopleís dresses. Sheís like ďYour dress looks lovely on you, Maíam.Ē Just really sweet things and I was like thatís a really beautiful instrument.

Then a few months pass and I had a dream one night and I could play the accordion and I was like, I havenít been able to stop thinking about this instrument since I saw it, and Iím having dreams about it. I need to go find one. I found one at a music collective called [indiscernible] Collective in Richmond on north side. I asked them if they had an accordion and went in the basement, picked it up and just started playing it. My friend came down, and he was like, thatís really cool, I didnít know you could play the accordion. I said this is actually the first time Iíve ever physically touched one in my life. It just, it went from there.

I started playing piano when I was young, so all of it transferred over pretty well, but it was all very natural for me to start off with. It was kind of like a calling kind of thing. It was good.

Judith: Great. Well, thank you so much for sharing that back-story with us. Just want to let you know that your Canadian audience has just loved watching you perform week after week. So, thank you.

Joey: Oh, thank you.

Moderator: Thanks. Our next question in queue will come from Aileen Streng with Prince William Today. Please go ahead.

Aileen: Hi, Joey.

Joey: Hi, Aileen. Hello.

Aileen: Hi. How are you?

Joey: Iím great. How are you?

Aileen: Did you say youíre coming home tonight?

Joey: I am. Iím getting in at 1:00 in the morning or some crazy thing like that.

Aileen: That is so fun. Have you made any plans or how long are you staying?

Joey: I have to go to New York on Sunday morning, I believe. But my plan is to sit and eat popcorn with my mom. Thatís the plan.

Aileen: Really the questions I was going to ask you have all been answered. Just, again, I hope that you have felt the love from home, and itís great that youíre coming back.

Joey: Of course. Iím so excited to come home. Itís going to be great.

Aileen: Good luck to you.

Joey: Thank you so much, Aileen.

Moderator:. Thank you. Next question will come from Cheryl Makin with Gannett. Please go ahead.

Cheryl: Hi, Joey. How are you?

Joey: Iím great. How are you?

Cheryl: Iím doing very well. A little tired, we were up late last night, but thatís okay. So were you.

Joey: I feel you on that.

Cheryl: I wanted to ask you, over your journey when you look back at this, what can you pick out as your favorite performance?

Joey: Letís see. My favorite performance that I gave?

Cheryl: Yes.

Joey: Would have to be ďFancyĒ, just because of the experience of hearing that song in my head and hearing, obviously, it started with the Postmodern Jukebox version, but it kind of grew into something more than that towards the end there. I couldnít just do that version of the song, I needed to still tweak it and mess with it. And being able to communicate with the band of I want a big drum hit here, and I want it to get really, really quiet right here and then just get really loud. You know, explain to them what I was hearing in my head and then having them be able to play that sound back to me, was just a mind-blowing experience.

So, favorite performance of mine. Favorite performance, generally, would have to be Quentinís ďI Put a Spell on YouĒ or Tyannaís performance from last night because she killed last night with her Tina Turner song.

Cheryl: That was pretty cool.

Joey: That was so cool, oh my gosh. I was dancing my little butt off to that.

Cheryl: Thatís awesome. Continuing in that vein, you got to meet a lot of people, not just the other contestants, but you got to meet some awesome mentors. Is there any in particular that you really took to heart what the advice that you gave you?

Joey: I think everybody kind of realized that Iím super in love with Boy George. We made it very obvious on the show. Obviously, meeting him was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. He has been supporting me ever since; he Tweeted at me last night, and he's just a really, really amazing person and had some amazing advice for me.

I think, generally, my vocal coach, her nameís Kenya Hathaway, she pulled some sounds out of me that I did not know that I was capable of, and she really pushed me as a vocalist to be more confident in myself and to recognize that I am a singer. Iím not just a musician. Iím a vocalist. Iím a good singer. She really, really gave me some outstanding advice and, yes, sheís a goddess among women. Everything she said to me, I will remember for forever.

Cheryl: Thatís really fantastic. Itís been a life-changing experience for you.

Joey: Oh, the most life changing.

Cheryl: And congratulations on your engagement.

Joey: Thank you.

Cheryl: Thatís pretty awesome and life changing as well.

Joey: Itís been a crazy couple months.

Cheryl: It has. It has. Good luck on everything you do.

Joey: Thank you so much.

Moderator: Thank you. Next question will come from Emily Katharina with Please go ahead.

Emily: Thank you. Hi, Joey.

Joey: Hi, Emily.

Emily: Hello. I was wondering, in an interview you mentioned how you kind of missed reading and passing off books with your now finance. I was wondering since now youíve been, unfortunately, voted off, I was wondering if you have any plans for some spring reading, and what youíre planning to read.

Joey: Yes. I actually started a new book last night. This was a really great question for you to ask right now. Itís called the Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. Itís about New Orleans, and I love Dave Eggers so much. I think heís a genius. Heís one of my favorite authors of all time, and I found a book that I hadnít read yet by him about the city that I live in. So, match made in heaven and I have a long flight tonight, so I have a feeling Iím going to get a solid chunk into that book before I get home. It will be great.

Emily: Well, I hope you enjoy it, and I just wish you all the best.

Joey: Thank you so much.

Emily: Youíre welcome. Thank you.

Moderator: Thank you. Next question in queue is Sarah Batcheller with Please go ahead.

Sarah: Hi, Joey. Itís so great to speak with you.

Joey: Hello. Hi.

Sarah: Since is a relationship site; we wanted to say congratulations on your engagement.

Joey: Oh, thank you.

Sarah: Youíre welcome. And we were wondering, how did Evan propose?

Joey: Evan proposed with, he called my family and made sure my mom was going to be there for the show and my best friend, my childhood best friend was also there. We went toóin the hotel we were staying at; thereís a place called Cindyís Garden, which is like a little garden with a bench and everything. Itís really beautiful. I only had ten minutes of time because we were running around doing photo shoots and stuff, but he stole me away for ten minutes and did the one knee thing.

He actually started with all this really heartfelt stuff, like weíve been through so much together, and itís been five long years. I wasnítóI was like are you about to break up with me right now because you should wait until the show is done. He was like, no, actually itís the opposite, the opposite; donít freak out.

But, it was really sweet; it was really heartfelt. He is the love of my life. I adore him and always will.

Sarah: What does the elimination mean for your wedding plans? Will you two start planning the wedding now that you have more free time?

Joey: Yes. Most definitely. I definitely wanted to do the wedding before December. December is going to be our six years together, so we wanted a summer wedding. I think weíre going to try and knock it out this summer and do the bash.

Sarah: Congratulations.

Joey: Thank you.

Sarah: Thank you.

Moderator: Thanks. Next question in queue is from Krista Chain with The TV MegaSite. Please go ahead.

Krista: Hi, Joey. Thanks for taking the time to talk to us today.

Joey: Of course.

Krista: You talked a little bit about your immediate plans of going home and then going back for the finale, but what are some of your future plans?

Joey: Well, I would like to record my album big-girl style. Thatís my plan, as I have an album I recorded, itís called, Hey I Love You, Songs and Stuff on the Ukulele by Joey Cook. I recorded the entire thing on my iPhone using voice memo in my basement in one take. So, itís not really quality.

Iím very proud of it. Itís my heart and soul in an album, but I would like to take that album, and I would like to get a band. I want a band. I want a full band. I want a horn section. I want all of it, and I want to do it in a big studio. I want to do it big-girl style with the headphones and the pop filter and everything. I want to do it right. I have it all together, I just need the, Iíve always just needed the resources to do it professionally and I think Iíve gotten to that point, which is so exciting.

Krista: Okay, good. I look forward to hearing it.

Joey: Yes. Thank you.

Krista: My other question was, out of the mentors is there anyone that you would have liked to have worked with in the future?

Joey: Oh, gosh. There are so many people. I kept telling them Prince, but thatís like completely unreasonable I think. I want to work with Prince. David Bowie, I want to work with David Bowie. There are so many people, Erykah Badu; I would love to be able to talk to her and get some advice from her. Really, thereís so many people out there that I would love to work with and hopefully do, one day in the future.

Krista: Okay. Well, great, and Iím sorry you were eliminated. You were one of my favorites.

Joey: Oh, donít be sorry. Everything happens for a reason. Itís good.

Krista: Thank you. Good luck.

Joey: Thank you.

Moderator: Thanks. The next question will come from Stephanie Piche with Mingle Media TV. Please go ahead.

Stephanie: Thank you. Congratulations to have made it this far, itís a tough competition.

Joey: Thank you.

Stephanie: My question for you is through your journey, what have you learned about yourself?

Joey: I have learned that Iím capable. Yes. I think before this competition I knew what I was doing and I was confident, but I wasnít confident in individual things. I was confident as a musician. I wasnít necessarily confident as a vocalist, and this show has shown me that along with playing instruments and writing music and everything like that, Iím a singer. Thatís what I do. Thatís what Iíve always done. It took me a long time to realize it, but itís really just given me confidence. Itís proven to me that I am good enough, that Iím capable, and that Iím deserving of whatever it is to come.

Stephanie: Awesome. Great. Well, thank you so much, and I wish you the best.

Joey: Thank you so much. Have a great rest of your day.

Moderator: Thanks. The next question will come from Joy Parris with Rich Girl Productions. Please go ahead.

Joy: Yes. Hey, Joey. Congratulations in coming so far.

Joey: Thank you.

Joy: My first question to you is about your style. Iím always excited. I never know what youíre going to come up with. Can you share with me your personal style, like did you always have this style, did this evolve? Can you give us a little bit of input about that?

Joey: Iím so sorry, can you repeat that?

Joy: Your personal style, your dress of style, and your hair, I mean, just love your look so can you share with us about your personal style and did you find that you maintained that style while you were doing the show?

Joey: I mean, having access to the stylists was just amazing. They ended up being some of my closest friends. Me and Quentin just hang out in the stylistsí room. Thatís pretty much what we do at CBS Studios. But having access to that, and they were just so excited about having me and Quentin on the show this year because they could put me in these crazy dresses and dress me up like a space cadet and I was 100% open to it and ready. It was so exciting.

But just the way I dress normally is really, I just look for things that I love. I think the way my mom explains it, sheís been explaining this since I was in high school, is that where everybody else, when they get dressed in the morning, they look in their closet, and they find one of their favorite articles of clothing, and then they build around it. Me, when I look in my closet in the morning, I find every single one of my favorite articles of clothing and wear all of them at one time. That is the goal.

Joy: Thatís fantastic. My other question, really quick, is now that you have all this experience and all these mentors, and things you learned, do you have a different perception of yourself as a performer?

Joey: One hundred percent, yes. Iíve obviously remained myself throughout this, canít really be anybody else. Iím kind of stuck being myself. But, no, I definitely have a different vision of myself as a performer and what Iím capable of. I mean, prior to this, I was completely happy playing my ukulele to a small room of ten people, singing my songs to them, which still is a beautiful thing. That is a very personal connection that you have in a space that big with a little amount of people, really connecting to people.

But it made me realize that thatís not it. Thatís not all I can do. I can Quentin-out and have pyro and all of these crazy things for a performance, and it enhances the performance. I always kind of thought of it as a little bit corny. I think prior to this I didnít really understand. Now that Iíve been soaked in the world that is American Idol, I see myself so much differently as a performer, visually, with what I can do with the show and what a backdrop means for a performance and just all of the little things like that. I think it made everything larger than life for me. Itís pretty exciting.

Joy: Great. Well, congratulations on a wonderful, wonderful future. Nice talking with you. Thanks a lot.

Joey: Thank you so much. Have a great day.

Moderator: Thank you. At this time, Iíll turn the conference back over to Miss Osborne for any closing comment.

Kristen: Thank you, everybody, for joining us today, and a big thank you to the fabulous Joey Cook. As a reminder, American Idol airs on FOX and all artwork can be found on So, thank you to everyone, and have a great day.

Joey: Bye, guys.

Moderator: Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, that does conclude your conference call for today. We do thank you for your participation and for using AT&T Executive TeleConference. You may now disconnect.

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