Haley Scarnato by Frank Micelotta/Fox Haley Scarnato by Frank Micelotta/Fox

The day after exiting American Idol, Haley Scarnato told TVGuide.com that though she shrugged it off on stage, Simon Cowell's quips about her flesh-flashing definitely twigged her. "Yeah, they hurt a little bit," she said, wishing that she had instead received constructive feedback on her pipes versus her pins. "They always say, 'This is a singing competition,' yadda-yadda-yadda, so I'm like, 'OK, this is a singing competition....'" But as all she heard about was her look, "You just brush it off and do the best you can."

Later in the press-conference call, Haley rebuffed the notion that she was overtly parlaying her sexuality, saying that with regards to her spirited take on "Turn the Beat Around," "The style of the song was about in-your-face rhythm. It was funky and Latin, with a sexy vibe, and that's what I was going for. When it's time to sing, it's time to sing. I was enjoying my moment."