Colton Berry and Amy Davis courtesy Fox
They sailed all the way through to Hollywood week. But that didn't stop fans from whittling down the top 24 wannabes on
. Who called Simon crazy? And who feels she simply had a bad day? Here, the first four casualties from Season 7 speak out. -
Dana Meltzer Zepeda
"I didn't think I was going to get voted off that soon. I was happy with my performance! That was pretty crazy what Simon said [about looking like I'd been shut in my bedroom], but I thought it was pretty funny. I didn't let it get to me because I know I'm a fair kid. I came into this competition staying true to myself so I wouldn't change a thing."
"I have some credit-card debt from fostering too many dogs when I didn't have the necessary funds. I had six adult dogs and two litters of puppies while I was going to school at Purdue. It's a very expensive thing to do so I wanted to pay that off [by winning
] because it's a stressful thing in my life. It felt like I was trying to run a rescue shelter in my duplex while still trying to attend class, and it got a little hairy. No pun intended!"
"I was trying to put my personality out there because I know that's a big part of the competition. I'm really passionate about music and, when I'm singing, I feel it. I try to impart emotion and I think when they first called me 'theatrical' it was because they knew I had a theatrical background."
"Usually when you give me a microphone, you can't take it away from me! I think [Wednesday night's performance] just wasn't my best. As a result, I had to go home, and that's fine. Honestly, it was just a bad day. Unfortunately, I allowed it to show because everyone saw it on TV. But it's go hard or go home."