Latin Grammys 2018
'American Idol' Alum Joey Cook on Quentin's 'Wack' Drama: 'What He Did Was Beautiful'
On a conference call with reporters Thursday (April 16), Cook came to the defense of her BFF -- who said it was “wack” that she was sent home on Wednesday night’s show.
“Last night was a very real moment on television that everybody got to watch,” she said.
The 24-year-old Woodbridge, Va., native said that in those tense minutes, America got to see Alexander’s heart. “I pretty much just told him what he did was beautiful, in my opinion, and it was the perfect representation of him,” she said. “Quentin is a very emotional person. He’s very 'all cards on the table.' There is no sugar coating. He doesn’t hide his emotions. He’s honest. He’s 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.”
While Alexander was nervous about what had gone down in front of the cameras -- particularly the scolding he got from Harry Connick Jr., who said his comments were “disrespectful” to the competition -- Cook eased his fears.
“I told him, 'I love what you did,' [and that he] spoke from the heart and reached a lot of people with that [and] brought light to what us as contestants go through in this entire process,” she said. “We spend every single waking moment together, and then every week, somebody leaves our family."
While it was all going down live on television, the rainbow-haired musician felt for her musical soul mate, who told Billboard he was reacting to his family being ripped apart.
“I was trying to telepathically send him my good energy and tell him everything is going to be fine,” she said. “That’s my best friend. [We] have been very close this entire competition. We met pretty early on in Hollywood Week. We really kept each other sane throughout this. We kept each other grounded."
What is it about the bond these two share? “[We have] similar motives with this, in the sense of being unwavering with who we are through the competition and doing what it takes in the competition but staying ourselves in the process,” she said. “We really helped each other out a lot with that while I was there. I am going to send all my good energy to him. I know he is going to do amazing things on this, and I love him dearly. I cannot wait to see him again.”
As for Cook, viewers are surely going to miss the quirky contestant’s jazzy arrangements, like her Postmodern Jukebox spin on Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" or Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love." She had planned to do a “Joey style” version of One Direction’s “Story of My Life” next week, plus a nod to Adam Lambert and Queen with “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”
Scott Bradlee from Postmodern Jukebox already reached out to Cook on Twitter, so might the Idol alum follow in the footsteps of Casey Abrams and Haley Reinhart with some tour dates? “I would love the opportunity,” she said.
She would also love a possible opening set on the American Idol summer tour, but she has not done any negotiations in that direction yet. But if it is in the cards, she’s ready. “If it is, why not? Let’s do it!” she said.
Cook said she had a "gut feeling" on Wednesday morning that she would be in the bottom two, but she is overall happy with her experience. "This show has done more than I can ever ask for," said Cook, who was performing on the street before Idol exposed her to "millions of people" and provided her with resources like a vocal coach, as well as stylists and "the best of the best." "It really opened up a can of worms for me," she said.
In the meantime, she and fiancé Evan Higgins are planning a summer wedding, and the singer has an entire album -- titled Hey, I Love You -- recorded with a ukulele just itching to get out of her voice memo box on her iPhone.
Plus, she has already gained some big support thanks to the show. Boy George is still showing her love on Twitter, and she thinks she has the resources to record like a “big girl” with a full band. “I am open to anything,” she said.