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Joey Cook and Amber Kelechi Perform on American Idol XIV (VIDEO)

Hollywood Week is in full swing on American Idol XIV, and that means more tense, nerve-wracking auditions. Naturally, some contestants managed the pressure better than others. Look no further than these two contestants, Joey Cook and Amber Kelechi, to see the contrast in how different contestants handle the Hollywood Week jitters.

From tonight’s American Idol XIV “Hollywood Week No. 1” live blog

JOEY COOK sings “Kerosene” by Miranda Lambert, and it’s absolutely TERRIFIC! She plays on the ukulele, noting in a confessional that she’s normally uncomfortable when she isn’t behind her squeezebox. Yet she totally nails this performance, making me wish we could have heard more from her. J-Lo notes that she loves Joey’s voice. That makes two of us, Jen.

-Meanwhile, AMBER KELECHI is in tears backstage, having a panic attack. She didn’t think she’d make it this far, but she steels herself and prepares to go onstage. Once up there, she does this weird bit where she jumps up and down, and then slaps her chest, to create a kind of percussion for herself. But it just doesn’t work, mostly because she’s wearing the wrong shoes for this, and also because she’s far too tiny to make any sort of noise doing this. She sings “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, and honestly, it’s not great. It’s not bad either, but it’s not up to the standard of her last performance. Harry even notes that she wasn’t that good this time, saying she was “inferior” to her last audition. However, BOTH girls advance to the next round.

But what did you think of Joey Cook and Amber Kelechi? Watch the performance video below:

Joey Cook and Amber Kelechi Perform on American Idol XIV (VIDEO)

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