American Idol's Joey Cook on the Power of 'Fancy,' Inventive Arrangements, Harry Connick's 'Musician' Dis

“First things first, I’m the realest.”

The opening line of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” really hit home for American Idol‘s Joey Cook — especially as she tried to make the transition from “quirky quirk” contestant to an artist who deserved to be taken seriously.

Joey stopped by TVLine HQ this week to discuss her most memorable performance, plus the stories behind her unexpected arrangements of Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love,” Keith Urban’s “Somebody Like You” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Miss Independent.” (Be warned: A technical snafu causes the video to cut out from the 12:40 mark through 14:26.)

Also on the docket: Joey’s forgotten lyrics in Hollywood Week, the Season 7 vocalist who made her think seriously about the prospect of auditioning, her decision to cover “Mad World” despite its association with Season 8’s Adam Lambert, and that comment from Harry Connick Jr. about Clark Beckham being quite possibly “the only musician left in the competition.” (Ouch!)

Press PLAY above for the full interview, then hit the comments with your hopes and thoughts for Joey’s post-Idol future!

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