Mandisa Hundley was told during Season 5 of "American Idol" that she needed to lose weight by over-the-top judge Simon Cowell.

Hundley was hurt by the comments then. But what hurt her didn't kill her spirit.

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Instead, Hundley has shed 75 pounds and is releasing her second Christian contemporary CD later this month.

She's still a fan of the show and has her own favorite on this season's "American Idol."

To read more about Hundley, her weight loss and her new CD, "Freedom,'' go to CNN.com.

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