American Idol

Joey Cook advances again on 'American Idol'

Joey Cook advances again on 'American Idol'

Joey Cook played it straight on "American Idol" Wednesday night.

On previous episodes, she has made her name by presenting familiar hits with a distinctive twist — country songs played on the accordion, for example, or hip-hop favorites played with big band arrangements.

This week, in advancing safely to this season's top seven, Cook sang a version of Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" that stuck very faithfully to the original arrangement — versus sung like a ballad, choruses like an anthem.

The theme for the night was Billboard Top 100 hits, and Cook told host Ryan Seacrest that pop hits are "not my forte." In attempting to sing a faithful...