Nicki Minaj Scolds Devin Velez, Tells the 'American Idol' Outcast to Be Gracious
Nicki Minaj didn't appreciate Devin Velez telling the press that she "went crazy" with her comments on "American Idol" and saying she didn't want to save him because she favored the girls more than the boys. Upon hearing of his post-elimination interview, the judge quickly took to Twitter to let her feelings known.
"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?" the female rapper wrote to more than 16 million followers on Twitter. "America r the 'potential' fans...u MUST win them over. 'Saves' are bulls**t and they know it. Those girls are just too good this year."
Without denying that she opposed saving Velez, Minaj added, "Send the judges some flowers and a card. If Curtis didn't get SAVED, NONE of u get saved! Best male voice of the SEASON!!!!!!!!!!!" The rapper apparently still felt disappointed about her favorite Curtis Flinch, Jr.'s elimination, where she was threatening to walk out of the stage.
The outspoken judge continued to chastise the 8th-place finisher, "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." She concluded her messages, "Jennifer Hudson didn't win!!! Oscar Winner! #memba??? ok. Take that exposure and let your light shine."
Velez reacted to her comments by dissing the judge over her grammar errors. The 18-year-old aspiring singer from Chicago, Illinois tweeted, "That moment when an adult stoops down to the 3rd grade level...LOL grow up Hun, I've got songs to write. :) #movingforward," before abruptly deleting it from his timeline.
Velez actually left the show on a high note. His performance the night before the results show got rave reviews from all the judges. He sang "It's Impossible" to woo the judges to keep him on the show, but they decided to let him go. He later said, "I think I know who didn't want to put me through. She has a lot of girl power. And a lot of girl thoughts -- maybe she just wants a girl to win."
He also had some choice of words for the female judge when commenting on her critique about his group performance. "I agree with the first half of her critique, when she said that it felt like it was Hollywood week, that it was a joke, that stuff like that should not happen, that she was going to pretend that she didn't hear it," he said. "When she went crazy-when she was like 'get off the stage, blah blah blah' and it's just like 'whoa Miss Minaj, I need you to calm down please.' "
"She could have been upset because the night before she was wearing the same colored dress as Mariah, 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 wanna hurt somebody else's feelings," he added.
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