Credit: Michael Becker/FOX ©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. Photo: Amber Holcomb Performs in American Idol 2013 Las Vegas Round 1

The folks behind American Idol 2013 can be pretty sneaky, barely showing us any clips of one hopeful during Hollywood Week, only to have them blow us away in the next round. Case in point is Amber Holcomb. We barely saw anything at all of her until she stunned us in Vegas week!

The Shepherd, Texas, native returned this year after being cut during Hollywood Week last year with what she called a “makeover.” Not only does she look fantastic, but she certainly proved she has honed her vocals as well.
 
Amber oozed a newfound sense of confidence as she took the stage to perform “My Funny Valentine” for the judges during the Vegas sudden death rounds. Despite the dated song, already done on the show in a memorable way by Constantine Maroulis, Amber managed to wow the judges with her impressive vocals and stage presence.

Keith Urban told Amber, “You knocked it out of the park,” but he also expressed concern that he hopes her shine would translate to the viewers. Amber blew it away again in the semi-finals, wowing the American Idol judges away with her take on a Whitney Houston song. That sparked a running comparison between her and Whitney by several of the judges all season long.

Sadly for Amber, she was eliminated right before the "hometime visits" made by the Top 3 finalists. She was eliminated on the American Idol 2013 Top 4 results show and came in fourth place.

Re-watch Amber’s performances from American Idol 2013 below!


Credit: YouTube Photo: American Idol Season 12 Hopeful Amber Holcomb Sings Adele's "Someone Like You"
Credit: YouTube/Fox Photo: American Idol 2013 Top 40: Road to Hollywood - Amber Holcomb (VIDEO)
Credit: FOX Photo: Watch Amber Holcomb Sing "My Funny Valentine" in American Idol 2013 Las Vegas Round 1
Credit: FOX Photo: Watch Amber Holcomb Sing “I Believe in You and Me” in American Idol 2013 Girls Semi-Finals
Credit: FOX Photo: Watch Amber Holcomb Sing “I’m Every Woman” in the American Idol 2013 Top 10 Results
Credit: FOX Photo: Amber Holcomb: “A Moment Like This” American Idol Top 10 Performance
Credit: FOX Photo: Watch Amber Holcomb Sing “She’s Leaving Home” on American Idol 2013 Top 9 Performance Show

Credit: FOX Photo: Watch American Idol’s Amber Holcomb Sing “Lately” in Season 12 Top 8

Credit: FOX Photo: Watch Angie Miller, Candice Glover, and Amber Holcomb Sing “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” in Season 12 Top 8
Credit: FOX Photo: Watch Amber Holcomb's "What About Love" American Idol Top 7 Performance!

Amber, Janelle & Kree - Still Rock & Roll To Me... by IdolxMuzic
Credit: FOX Photo: Watch Amber Holcomb, Janelle Arthur, and Kree Harrison Sing “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me”
Credit: FOX Photo: Amber Holcomb Sings "I Say a Little Prayer" on American Idol 2013 Top 6
Credit: FOX Photo: Amber Holcomb Sings "Love on Top" on American Idol 2013 Top 6
Credit: FOX Photo: Watch Amber Holcomb Sing Mariah Carey’s "Without You" in American Idol Top 5 on April 17, 2013
Credit: FOX Photo: Watch Amber Holcomb Sing Barbra Streisand's "What Are You Doing With the Rest of Your Life" in American Idol Top 5 on April 17, 2013
Credit: FOX Photo: Watch Amber Holcomb Sing Celine Dion's "Power of Love" in American Idol 2013 Top 4

Amber & Kree - Rumor Has It - American Idol 12... by IdolxMuzic
Credit: FOX Photo: Watch Amber Holcomb and Kree Harrison Sing Adele's "Rumor Has It" in American Idol 2013 Top 4
Credit: FOX Photo: Watch Amber Holcomb Sing Donna Summer's "MacArthur Park" in American Idol 2013 Top 4
Credit: FOX Photo: Watch Amber Holcomb Sing Pink's "Just Give Me a Reason" on American Idol 2013 Top 4 5/1/2013
Credit: FOX Photo: Watch Amber Holcomb Sing "My Funny Valentine" on American Idol 2013 Top 4 5/1/2013
Credit: FOX Photo: Amber Holcomb Is Eliminated on American Idol 2013 Top 4 Results