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'American Idol' Cop Reject

Producers Used TV Magic

to Make Me a Bitch

2/17/2012 3:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Former "American Idol" contestant and police officer Alisha Bernhardt tells TMZ, she is NOT a cold-hearted bitch -- which is why she's upset at "Idol" producers over how they portrayed her on last week's show.

In case you missed it -- Alisha was the girl who couldn't find a group to perform "Joy to the World" with ... and unleashed a torrent of bitchiness in frustration.



But Alisha -- who was eliminated Wednesday night -- tells us, producers edited the show to make her look more like a loudmouthed fight-picking ice queen than she really is.

Alisha insists ... that's just not an accurate reflection of her character -- in reality, she's a really nice person. There's not much she can do legally speaking ... but hey, it's good to know.

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