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American Idol Sneak Peek: Can Emily Brooke Conquer Her Emotions?

“What hurts the most, is bein’ so close,” sings American Idol hopeful Emily Brooke in her final Hollywood Week solo — and she should know.

The Florida teenager got cut prior to Season 14’s Top 24 announcement, and in the following exclusive clip from tonight’s episode (8/7c on Fox), we see her grapple with the knowledge that even the slightest mistake could lead to the same sad fate in the reality juggernaut’s farewell season.

Making matters worse, Emily admits she’s been struggling to find her full voice in the hours leading up to her pivotal performance.

Press PLAY above to see how she fares with her Rascal Flatts cover — then sound off in the comments and share your thoughts!