Never one to shy away from expressing her opinion, Nicki Minaj took to Twitter last week to dress down an "American Idol" contestant who had lambasted her in comments to the press.
As WENN points out, Minaj had expressed exasperation at the sub-par rendition of "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" performed by Velez, Lazaro Arbos and Burnell Taylor during last week's show. She went so far as to tell the three performers to "get off the stage."
"I agree with the first half of her critique," Velez said in press conference call on Friday. "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.'"
In a series of tweets, Minaj responded to Velez's comments, warning him to be "gracious" after his elimination.
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?
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!!!!!!!!!!! #TruthTea
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.
Several hours later, Velez took to Twitter himself and thanked Minaj and the rest of the "Idol" judging crew:
— Devin Velez (@DevinAI12) March 30, 2013
It's unclear as to whether Velez had taken Minaj's advice to heart or not, but we're thinking the 18-year-old crooner is wise in wanting to avoid a head-to-head with the fiery "Idol" judge.
Do you think Velez deserved to be eliminated? Tell us in the comments below.
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