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American Idol: Is Nicki Minaj The New Simon?

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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8 Responses to “American Idol: Is Nicki Minaj The New Simon?”

  1. Heinrich von Uebelschmecker Says:
    February 10th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    She’s says it well but the problem is after the contestants hear the comments– they get kicked off. So what’s the point?
    She’s too much into herself and the kids are not ready for this

  2. arcodog Says:
    February 10th, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Niki is bringing the caliber of your judges to rock bottom. Her voice is irritating and she has no constructive criticism for the contestants. She only cuts them down. Very poor choice for a judge. I know of several people who are not watching this year after hearing her rants. Simon was brutal at times but he is also knowledgeable in the music genre.

  3. Scott Says:
    February 10th, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    I cant stand her! She is to ignorant to replace Simon ! She has to go or after not missing a season i will stop watching!

  4. Pappy Says:
    February 11th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Where did u find this idiot? Nikki is to fake to be representing in front of a national audience. She cant offer support to contestants because she doesnt even know music language. She has no music skills and cant stop messing with her hair. This really is disgusting. Get rid of here now so the contest can go on. Nikki you suck as a judge and as an artist!

  5. @Raven_Minaj Says:
    February 12th, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Why in the actual f*ck are you guys hating though??…. Let Nicki be! Gawwwd………….. & to yall ho*s saying she aint got no talent. Do your mo’fucking research!

  6. Rhonda Says:
    February 12th, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I hope you realize that Nikki has ruined idol, she is losing alot of viewers for you right now, i loved to watch idol and the first 2 nights i had enough of her voice and attitide, i dont want to listen to people fight, i want to listen to people sing, very bad decision for her to b one of your judges, she has NO class.

  7. bruce Says:
    February 19th, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    its hard to believe that simon has aloud this no talent bum nikki to be a judge and ruin american idol!! pay attention simon!!!

  8. MARYANN A Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 10:29 am



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