Devin Velez on Nicki Minaj feud: ‘I wasn’t off pitch, nor did I forget my lyrics.’
Devin Velez finished in eighth place on Season 12 of American Idol, but the Latin crooner didn’t go quietly.
When asked about judge Nicki Minaj’s brutal critique of the disastrous Wednesday night group performance that many believe sealed his fate, Velez declared that the judge “went crazy” and needed to “calm down”. He then added:
“She could have been upset because the night before she was wearing the same colored dress as Mariah.”
Minaj heard about the comments and took to Twitter to respond, because we, as a society, are long past the point of talking through our issues:
“Lol. Be mad @AMERICA when u get sent home,” Minaj wrote. “The JUDGES are the ones who FOUGHT for America to get the opp to vote for you #memba?”
She also shot down Velez’s assertion that the once-per-season Judges’ Save should have been used on him:
“America r the ‘potential’ fans,” she wrote. “U MUST win them over. ‘Saves’ are bull**** and they know it. Those girls are just too good this year.”
Minaj’s response to Velez didn’t stop there, as she continued with a series of increasingly-agitated tweets:
“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.”
Velez responded with a subsequently-deleted tweet of his own: “That moment when an adult stoops down to the 3rd grade level … LOL grow up Hun, I’ve got songs to write. #movingforward.”
However, the Twitter exchange was not the last word in this feud, as Velez discussed his issues with Minaj on The Today Show.
“The way my mother raised me is that when people are talking about you, it’s not really about you and you shouldn’t take offense,” Velez said. “So when she was saying, like, ‘You forgot your lyrics and you were off-pitch,’ with all due respect, I wasn’t off pitch, nor did I forget my lyrics.”
Ultimately, the singer is proud of his run on the show, despite the fact that, to some viewers, it ended far too soon.
“I think that I had a great run,” he said. “I think I did my best.”
So did Nicki overreact, or is Devin just bitter? Did Devin deserve to be saved? Sound off in the comments!
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Pitch perfect or whatever with NO connection to the songs and w/ an attitude. Don't worry Devin, even after this mess people will still forget about you!
It's rock night. Lazaro is going to be sorry he didn't go home. But I doubt he cares. He goes home to his personal trainer husband. They created him as a friendless pitiable creature. Em, not so much.
What I get from Nicki's tweets is that she's going to be a bitch and be the judge that refuses to save anyone b/c the rest wouldn't save Curtis. Everyone knows not to use the save the first week. She's being immature about it. I have never been able to stand her and I hate her more each time I actually decide to watch Idol.
Oh please!!!!!!! Nicki talking about pitch, lols? Anyway Devin has taken the high road since then. He was just being defensive just like Nicki. It will blow over. He got his 15 mins and everyone will forget about him very soon. He had a good voice but he couldn't connect with any freaking emotion at ALL. His save me performance was the best. Any who I'm sick of the not being prepared bull. Did Caley have time to prepare very long for "Moanin'? Hell no, oh wait they were just better! You are singers, just fake it and make it fun regardless if you know the words or not. I'm looking at you Lazaro. :) And YES this is a girls year finally because all the boys suck!
I expected Clay Aiken 2.0 to go out with a bit more class and dignity. Not sure how he expected this to help his career goals. Besides the crazy spelling, I'm not sure how Nicki's comments were at the "3rd grade" level; the sentiment seemed pretty spot on:
- She fought for him to get to the top 10
- America didn't vote
- He wasn't as good as Curtis (her opinion) so the judges didn't save him
- Be gracious, stop complaining and go do something positive with the exposure
Well i dont really see the point of using the save on him....3 times in the bottom says it all....sounds like he is a bit bitter about it all....I think its just another attempt to ant up the anti Nicki machine....I stand by my girl and love her...she was right...the performance was a train wreck...I liked Devin but after reading some of this I am kind of turned off by him!
I'm with Klope..that SAVE would have been futile as Devin will most likely be sent home again the week after or the next. He just doesn't have the fan base, and the star quality if I may add so.
Are you looking at the potential song spoilers btw, Nick?
I don't know why they ruined such a potentially good theme by making it "Classic" rock. D;
@Klope62 I haven't actually! Would you happen to have a link, by any chance?
@Klope62 That's my issue with using the save on a singer just because they're a good singer -- because if the singer just doesn't have the fanbase or the field is too strong (as in the case of Matt Giraud), or isn't going to develop beyond simply being a good singer, then at best, you're buying them an extra week or two. Unless it's an egregious circumstance, the judges need to hold onto that save, whether they ultimately ever end up using it or not.
That said, I do find it somewhat amusing that, for the last three seasons, the person they choose to save always ends up lasting an extra five weeks. Michael Lynche went from finishing 9th to 4th, Casey Abrams went from 11th to 6th, while Jessica Sanchez went from 7th to runner up.
@Mikhail XO But, truthfully, I didn't see Nicki saying anything about pitch. That trio was horrendous, and not just because Lazaro sucked. The other boys sang like they knew they sucked. It was embarrassing. She only spoke the truth, that AI is now a popularity contest, and you need the votes. And also that the Save is a total scam.
@Mikhail XO Really can't disagree there. If you go back and watch the performance, Devin was actually picking up Lazaro's slack when he forgot his words and just decided to stop singing altogether. You really get the sense that Devin learned the whole song to prepare for this contingency, though it's really anyone's guess.
Calling Devin out on pitch seems like the last thing I'd get on his case about. His singing was not even remotely a problem at any point during his run. It was mostly the lack of connection coupled with dull, uninspired song choices (although how much better was he going to pick with the sad-sack list Nigel gives the contestants?).
@Mikhail XO @JulianPerry6 YOU DON'T LIKE MARIAH CAREY?! Sarcasm, of course. I'm really hoping for a wardrobe malfunction. So are we gonna go for a Lazaro or Burnell win? Yeah, I just watched the Slezak interview. Devin seems to regret the twitter spat a bit. I'm all for people speaking up, but I think he just needs to choose his battles and I'm glad he's aware of that. It'd be pretty hilarious if he tried out for The Voice with horror stories of the Idol machine.
@NickRoman1 @Mikhail XO Yes, Devin said as much. That kid is very mature. Not the type to beg for votes and spell out his number with his hands to voters. He said he looks forward to going back to school and being a barista. New gen, like that.
As for inspiring--his target audience are born agains. They will respond to him.
@NickRoman1@Mikhail XOWho cares about perfect pitch? I'd rather hear passionate
off-key singing than mediocre, bland, passionless pitch perfect
performances. That was Devin. And it wasn't just the song choices - HE was totally uninspiring, and completely
forgettable. Of the few performances I've watched of his, I couldn't remember a single one after it was over.
Lazaro, on the other hand, has neither passion nor pitch. His addition and continual climb is the worst Idol scar since Jasmine Trias' ascension in season 3.
@NickRoman1 Devin said in his interview with Slezak that some contestants sang songs in recent weeks that were not on the list and only got cleared later so I imagine this is one song Angie knows by heart so they let her do it.
This. I wish I could find some of the original articles. Haiwaii literally had factories, warehouses, and office buildings where everyone all dialed and voted for her every week.