March 28, 2013 01:49 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
Nicki Minaj was a bit harsh during last night’s episode of American Idol, yelling at Burnell Taylor, Lazaro Arbos and Devin Velez to get off the stage. She offered some rather negative feedback to several other contestants as well. Amazingly, the competitors all seem to be mostly okay with Nicki’s judging style.
You’d think a talented singer might be a bit angry after getting yelled at by Nicki Minaj. But if the current batch of American Idol finalists do find the rapper-singer annoying, they manage to keep those opinions hushed up. After all, when approached backstage to dish on Nicki’s frequently negative feedback, the competitiors seemed surprisingly cavalier about constantly having their performances ripped apart.
Devin Velez finds Nicki’s approach to judging amusing, telling E! that, “She was probably upset that she was on time.” Of course, this comment refers to Nicki’s penchant for showing up late to American Idol performances, a habit for which she’s received a fair amount of criticism.
After being yelled off the stage by Nicki, Burnell Taylor admitted that the judge had a point. “I’m gonna tell you this wasn’t our best. We all did bad…It’s a lesson learned.” He also tried to clarify what had looked like an attempt to throw the other members of his trio under the bus, saying that his reaction to the criticism stemmed from a huge sense of disappointment.
Angie Miller didn’t comment on whether she disapproved of Nicki’s harsh judging style, but she did say that it was hard to hear the criticism. “The most hurtful comment was that I wasn’t being me, because I was. I would never go onstage not being me.”
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