"We're taking 4, 5 minute songs and condensing them to a minute and half," explains Erika Van Pelt. "It is just super hard to do."
"If they're giving you criticism to tell you to do one thing and it's not you, then I respectfully don't do it," says Colton Dixon.
Following the surprise exit of Jermaine Jones, 18 year-old contestant Hollie Cavanaugh says she's focusing on being a good role model for younger girls.
"There are younger girls looking up to me and thinking that's what i want to do one day," says Cavanaugh. "So I'm definitely not here to stray them in any wrong way."
Click on the video to see more from the contestants and judges, including why former contestant James Durbin wants his detractors to send him a Facebook message.