February 10, 2013 02:00 PM by Donna W. Martin
This is Nicki Minaj’s first season as a judge on American Idol and already people are comparing her to former rough and tough judge, Simon Cowell. Are Nicki’s comments to the contestants too harsh? Keep reading for more details.
On Thursday’s episode of Idol, Nicki didn’t hold back delivering harsh criticism to several contestants. First up was Paul Jolley. He took the stage proclaiming how “nervous” he was, how “bad” he wanted this, and promised to “hold it together” during his performance. After he sang Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away,” Nicki let him know she didn’t like the way he presented himself to the judges. “You walked out so defeated, and that really irritated me. It’s such a turnoff…Just give us one minute of professionalism.”
Matheus Fernandes didn’t fare any better. When he took the stage, he reminded the judges he was “22 not 10,” referring to his short stature. And Nicki was quick to let him know it wasn’t necessary to make reference to his height before every performance. “Sometimes things can go from inspiring to becoming a wanting a pity party,” she said. “You don’t have to milk that ever again. Br you, be great and just rest in your talent after today.”
Papa Peachez was another contestant that fell under Nicki’s harsh critique. During group rounds, she had cautioned him about being “too complacent.” And after his solo of Lady Gaga’s “You And I,” she asked if he remembered what she had told him after groups. “I’m pretty sure that flame is now completely burnt out. I’m so disappointed,” she explained. “I can’t believe you allowed this competition to just suck that amazing quality out of you.”
Were Nicki’s comments too harsh or were they what the contestants needed to hear in order to get better? Is she is as harsh as Simon? Post a comment and let us know.
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