Nicki Minaj, Devin Velez
Even after contestants are sent home from American Idol, they apparently still get feedback from judge Nicki Minaj.
Minaj went on a Twitter rant Friday after Devin Velez was eliminated Thursday night because the judges opted not to use their one save of the season on him. "America r the 'potential' fans...u MUST win them over. "Saves" are bullsh-- and they know it. Those girls are just too good this year," Minaj tweeted Friday.
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Though Minaj never addressed Velez specifically, it's possible her remarks were in response to comments he made on a conference call Friday. When asked about Minaj's critique of his group number Thursday — after which Minaj told Velez, Lazaro Arbos and Burnell Taylor to "get off the stage" — Velez said she took her critique a little too far.
"When she went crazy — when she was like 'get off the stage, blah blah blah' ... it's just like 'Whoa, Miss Minaj, I need you to calm down please,'" Velez told reporters Friday, according to Billboard.com. "She could have been upset because the night before she was wearing the same colored dress as Mariah [Carey], or that she was on time. We never know. But I know that I love her as a judge. ... It's when she gets into the exaggerative speaking, where it's just like, ah, take it easy! You don't want to hurt somebody else's feelings."
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But apparently Minaj is more concerned with telling it straight than preserving the contestants' feelings. In a series of tweets Friday, she wrote, " Lol. Be mad @ AMERICA when u get sent home. The JUDGES are the ones who FOUGHT for America to get the opp to VOTE 4 U!!! #memba? Trust me BEW BEW. If EYE didn't want u in that TOP, YOU wldnt have been in that TOP. Fought for ALL of you. So just simply b gracious."
Minaj also referred to Curtis Finch, Jr., the first contestant to get eliminated from the Top 10, as the only male who stood a chance in the competition.
"Send the judges some flowers and a card," she tweeted. "If Curtis didn't get SAVED, NONE of u get saved! Best male voice of the SEASON!!!!!!!!!!! #TruthTea"
What do you think of Minaj's comments?