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Idol Contestants Getting Harsh Comments This Season

This year's American Idol contestants are taking it on the chin. Many think the judges are being especially harsh, but the contestants don't seem bothered.
"They're kind of pushing us now to the next level, to see what we can do to make us standout."
This year's American Idol contestants are taking it on the chin.  Many think the judges are being especially harsh, but the contestants don't seem bothered.

The Top 11 contestant were surprised by the judges' tough words on Wednesday night's show but they're taking it all in stride.

"They're kind of pushing us now to the next level, to see what we can do to make us standout."

"They're not giving us criticism if they didn't like us because if they didn't like us, we wouldn't be here and you really have to tell yourself that because those things can hurt."

"I don't really care as long as I feel good, it doesn't matter what they say, he's got a point."

The judges want the contestants to learn something from each performance.

"It takes a long time to develop artistry and stage presence, to develop as a singer or musician.  It takes a long time to learn this stuff.  It's not frustrating, it's just a process they all have to go through." - Harry Connick Jr.

"We expect at this point in the competition to be fighting to win every single time, how they're thinking, what they're choosing, how they're performing and singing.  All of it." - Jennifer Lopez

"It's mental as well.  Everyone's coming at you, us included, and behind the scenes, their friends and family are saying other things. The vocal coaches are saying another thing.  Ricky Minor saying another thing, and Randy coming at them and they have to try to not lose themselves." - Keith Urban

Mentor Randy Jackson says the contestants need to stay focused.

"You don't solve anything in 1 second and it's also talking to them about songs.  Song choice, song choice, song choice.  It's got to be something you can sing the heck out of and emote and connect." - Randy Jackson
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