'American Idol': Elise Testone says her reality TV days are over
No, not in that way. "Don't take it literally," she laughs.But despite the encouragement, Testone doesn't feel she always got great advice from the judges."I'd like to say that they were [helpful], but I don't really feel that way, I'm sorry. I feel bad about that," she says, and insists that she doesn't mean that in a bad or cocky way. "It's just different for me. I mean I'm 28, so I'm young, but I've had [tons of experience performing] just because of how much I've done and crammed into the day, not even sleeping sometimes. So I've learned so much, and some things that they say don't line up with what I feel like I've learned on my own."She continues: "I didn't always feel like it was helpful, or some stuff [they said] I already knew. I'm not saying I'm the best and I know everything -- I hope I don't sound that way -- sometimes it was helpful, but for the most part I don't think it always made sense and I think it's hard to judge someone ... in such a short amount of time in that kind of situation. It's hard to judge someone and tell people who they are when you don't even know who they are."But don't think she's bitter about her exit. She knew it was coming, and she has no regrets. "I feel like my brain is just wired in a way to accept everything that happens. So as soon as [Ryan Seacrest] said my name, it's almost like I heard him say it before he said it, and I just accepted it immediately. I was like 'Okay, well now I've got to do my best [on the exit song].'"