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'American Idol' judge Nicki Minaj slams former contestant Devin Velez for post-elimination comments

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/01/2013 

American Idol's Nicki Minaj has blasted former Top 7 finalist Devin Velez for catty comments he had made about the judge following his elimination last week.

"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?" Minaj tweeted Friday, elaborating on why "The Judges' Save" wasn't utilized.

"America r the 'potential' fans...u MUST win them over.  'Saves' are bullshit and they know it. Those girls are just too good this year."

Added the rapper and first-time Idol judge, "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... Jennifer Hudson didn't win!!! Oscar Winner! #memba??? ok. Take that exposure and let your light shine."

Minaj was responding to a Friday conference call with Velez in which he told Reality TV World he felt she had overreacted to his sub-par performance of the Motown hit "I Can't Help Myself" alongside fellow contestants Burnell Taylor and Lazaro Arbos during Wednesday night's show.

"When she went crazy and was like, 'Get off the stage!' blah, blah, blah, and it's just like, 'Whoa Miss Minaj, I need you to calm down, please. We're still human. We still have feelings.' She doesn't care sometimes, but it's all good. We still love Nicki," Velez told Reality TV World. 

"But hearing that, yeah, it is a little cutting while you're onstage. But the way my mother raised me was when someone is saying bad things about you and they're not true, guess what? They are not talking about you, so when Nicki Minaj was saying that we were forgetting our lyrics and that we were off pitch, without pointing fingers, I was not off pitch nor did I forget my lyrics."

Velez also took other shots at Minaj, saying she has multiple personalities and would get angry at a simple thing such as wearing the same color dress as judge Mariah Carey for a show.

"It's when she gets to the exaggerative speaking where it's just like, 'Ahhh, take it easy. You don't want to hurt someone else's feelings.' But yeah, she is who she is," Velez said.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Velez tweeted a response to Minaj's rant on Twitter but deleted it soon afterwards.

"That moment when an adult stoops down to the 3rd grade level...LOL grow up Hun, I've got songs to write. :) #movingforward," Velez reportedly wrote.

Velez, an 18-year-old from Chicago, IL, became the third finalist sent home from American Idol's twelfth season after he received the fewest home viewer votes following Wednesday night's performance show, which featured the Top 8 finalists performing songs by artists from Detroit.

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