Alexandrea Lushington courtesy Fox, Robbie Carrico by Frank Micelotta/Fox
Another week, and another four have to say goodbye. There were lots of tears, big hugs and some group singing, but now that the dust has settled, how are the four latest casualties doing? What did they take from the show, and what are they planning next? And what about the rumors on infighting, Britney, wigs and more? Here's what the latest castoffs had to say:
On leaving the show:
"I have no regrets."
"Last night I was so emotional, because it was so surprising."
"[Kady and I] were really good friends.... She was shocked [that she stayed]. She told me she thought she would be the one going home.... So it was kind of ironic that it came down to us."
"[I'm] disappointed. Kind of let down... song-choice-wise, I felt the odds were really against me.... I've been at this a very, very long time, and I wish I'd gotten more of an opportunity to show my personality. I'm an easygoing guy, I would've represented everything that an American Idol [stands] for."
On what they learned from the show:
"The reviews I got from the judges, they were mostly good.... [But] in my first audition, when Simon said, 'I don't think you're as good as you think you are,' it really bothered me.... I definitely didn't want to come off like that, so I was more aware of how I portray myself."
"It's a big, emotional roller-coaster from beginning to end. I don't think I was really prepared to deal with [it], especially the criticism on national TV.... I think subconsciously I was trying to please the judges [more] than really trying to focus on the people who were voting out there."
"I'm going to bring some incredible experience [with me].... I came into this like a sponge, trying to absorb what I could."
And the rumors:
"If there was any [behind-the-scenes feuding], I wouldn't know about it.... I got along with everybody.... We were just like one big family."
On hair: "I've been growing this hair for a very long time, I think it's ridiculous that [the media would] have to come up with something like that."
On Britney: "Honestly, it was a long time ago, we were friends on tour, it wasn't that big of a deal. We went on a couple of dates."
Check out what the first castoffs had to say.