April 16th, 2010
04:24 PM ET
The "American Idol" ride came to a screeching halt for Andrew Garcia and Katie Stevens this week, as the singers were the latest contestants voted off the popular show.
Garcia was a favorite earlier in the season, but Tuesday, the judges panned his rendition of the King's "Hound Dog." Kara DioGuardi said she wanted more "swagger" from the 24-year-old performer, and Simon Cowell told him that "all the coolness has been sucked out of you."
"They were extra confusing this year," Garcia tells CNN. "They tell you one thing, like 'I don't know about the swag...' and I was like 'What? I was doing my thing!'"
Stevens agrees. She also had issues with some of the judges' feedback.
"'Katie, you should be R&B. Katie, you should be rock. Katie, you should be country,'" said Stevens, recalling what judges had told her. "Yeah, definitely got confusing comments. So I think it's ultimately important in this competition to be true to yourself and to what you want."
In fairness, both say they found the "American Idol" experience very rewarding... and are excited about the upcoming Top 10 American Idol tour this summer.
What do you think? Has the judges' advice been confusing?
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