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Local 'Idol' contestants' disappointment eases

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentuckiana's three "American Idol" contestants are voted out of the competition and now can talk about their experience in the spotlight.

They now see it as an accomplishment, not a disappointment, two months after their last taping.

Judges sent the area contestants home after the first round of Hollywood auditions, taped in mid-December.

You saw the results on TV this past week.

"You have to learn how to pick a song and get along and have it ready the next day. And that is where the journey ended. But it was fun," said Brandy Neelly of Oldham County.

But Neelly's group didn't seem to work well together as they prepared to sing for the judges.

Three of the girls, including Neelly, performed on no sleep.

At the very end of the Hollywood round as seen Wednesday, Neelly told the judges "Thank you for the opportunity, okay?"

So, it's back home to Oldham County where high school and Eastern Kentucky University await.

"I'm not going to say that getting a 'no' three times in a row doesn't suck, because it definitely does. But I think that when it's your time, it'll happen," Neelly said.  She doesn't completely rule out another try at Idol. 

Neelly, Emmy Bodner of Georgetown, Indiana; and Remi Maxwell of Jeffersonville all sang in those group auditions.

Until this past week's Idol shows, they've had to keep the results secret -- that they finished in the top 170 females, but no higher.

"I don't like failure. And at the time, that's what I felt like it was, but it really wasn't. It was just a really good experience," Maxwell said.

It's an experience Maxwell used to gain admittance to the Musicians Institute, an exclusive music school in Los Angeles, once she graduates high school.

Emmy Bodner says her Idol experience should stand out as she pursues new gigs in the midst of working as a hair stylist.

"With 'American Idol,' it's always great with the publicity that you get. Getting your name out there, getting a fan base, that's the kind of thing that will make you go far. As long as you have a following, you'll start to be able to get bigger gigs, and things like that."

Does going far include another Idol audition?

Bodner and Neelly wouldn't say no.  Maxwell's ready to move on to school and perhaps other TV competitions.

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