Ousted 'Idol' contestants swing back at judges

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[February 27, 2010]  LOS ANGELES (AP) -- After dishing out tough criticism this week, the "American Idol" judges got feedback from ousted contestants.

HardwareAshley Rodriguez, one of the first four singers voted off by viewers, said the judges came in "throwing punches" at contestants after their first live performances and could have shown a bit of love.

The 22-year-old Rodriguez of Chelsea, Mass., said she stood by her rendition of Leona Lewis' "Happy," which was derided by judge Simon Cowell as clumsy.

The other three voted off "American Idol" were Joe Munoz of Huntington Park, Calif.; Janell Wheeler of Tampa, Fla., and Tyler Grady, 20, of Nazareth, Pa. That leaves 20 contestants on the hit Fox singing contest.

[[Associated Press; By LYNN ELBER]

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