Nicki Minaj threatened to quit American Idol after her favorite act was voted off the show. The "Starships" rapper - who sits on the singing competition's judging panel with Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson - was left fuming after singer Curtis Finch Jr. landed in the bottom two and was sent home Thursday night.
After host Ryan Seacrest announced that Curtis and fellow contestant Devin Velez had garnered the least viewer votes, an angry Nicki pleaded, "I definitely think Curtis should not be in the bottom two. I mean, I love Devin but I think that Curtis, if you look at every one of his performances, I mean - come on, America, are you kidding me? Curtis, if you go home, I go home."
The 30-year-old musician stayed true to her words, jumping out of her judge's seat and attempting to storm off set as Curtis was eliminated, but she was instructed to return to her chair by fellow judge Randy Jackson.
Nicki Minaj was late for American Idol last night because she was stuck in traffic. The judge appeared to miss the evening's first performance by Curtis Finch Jr., but while she wasn't in her seat to give him her thoughts on his singing, he claims she heard him.
"During the performance, she was backstage," Curtis - who performed Fantasia's "Believe" - told E! News. He added the star almost ran into her as he stepped off stage, adding, "It was literally like, 'Step, step, step, curtain, Nicki. And she was like, 'Good job today.' To see her backstage was comforting."
Some of the other contestants noted Nicki has fallen foul of Los Angeles' notoriously bad traffic before. "It's not the first time and probably not the last. But I'm OK with it. I love Nicki," Paul Jolley said.
Burnell Taylor, who sang Westlife's "Flying Without Wings" on the show feels Nicki has earned the right to be late if she chooses: "I mean, when you look that good, you have to be late."
Demi Lovato was slammed for her use of auto-tune on The X Factor last night.
The "Skyscraper" hitmaker had agreed with fellow judge Simon Cowell when she criticized pop hopeful Shawn Armenta telling him perhaps a singing career wasn't for him. "A lot of people work really, really hard for their dreams, but it's not meant for everybody," she said. The 50-year-old wannabe responded by saying, "That's why you use auto-tune and I don't."
New judge Britney Spears marked her debut in a big way, challenging music mogul Simon for his position as harshest judge. She leaped to the defense of Demi, telling Shawn, "I feel uncomfortable with you even staring at me." The 30-year-old pop superstar heavily criticized performers throughout the auditions, telling fitness instructor Amy Gibson that she was "kind of bad."
Britney Spears is an "incredibly tough" judge on The X Factor.
The "Toxic" singer is part of the new line up on the US version of the singing talent show, and doesn't give budding singers an easy time if their renditions aren't up to scratch.
"She's got a really good instinct, and when she loves something, she looks like she wants to dance on the desk. When she doesn't like someone, she is incredibly tough," a source said.
Britney's harder side was revealed at the show's auditions in Kansas at the weekend, where she starred on the panel alongside Demi Lovato, L.A. Reid and Louis Walsh, who had stepped in from the UK version of the show to replace Simon Cowell, who was taken ill with bronchitis.
"You have to be great to be on this show, so I vote no," Britney told one contestant, according to the source.
Simon Cowell has taken a swipe at The Voice.
The TV mogul is currently judging hopeful singers for the second series of The X Factor in the US and told one contestant they would be better off auditioning for rival show The Voice - where the judges don't see what contestants look like before they pick them.
After the singer's audition, fellow panelist L.A. Reid told them, "If you decide to try out again, please do it on another show."
"Yes, the good news is I hear The Voice auditions are happening next week," Simon added.
This is not the first time Simon has blasted the rival show, having previously said he thought it would be better as a radio show: "That show [The Voice] puzzles me because it starts off and 'it's all about the voice.' So my first thought is: 'Why isn't this on radio?' because what's the point in looking at them. Then suddenly I'm watching it a week or two weeks ago and it's the same as The X Factor. They've got dancers behind them, graphics, lights. Same show. I see a lot of shows trying to rip us off. If you try and rip somebody off it always looks like a bad copy."
Will.i.am's international lifestyle is apparantly causing The Voice contestants to lose out on valuable coaching time.
The Black Eyed Peas' star's frequent trips from the show's base in the UK to the US means that all competitors on the show are affected because of BBC rules. The television network bosses say the other coaches can mentor their acts ONLY when Will.i.am sees his, to ensure fairness. His acts told last week how they saw him for just two half-hour sessions in the run-up to the opening live episode.
Yesterday, coach Danny O'Donoghue's acts revealed how their time with the script frontman had been limited by the new ruling.
"If Will is out of the country, we aren't seeing Danny. All the mentors have to do equal amounts," contestant Bo Bruce told The Sun.
"We all get the same amount of time. The coaches fit it round their schedules. We only started doing our songs on Monday -- we found out what they were at the same time as the other teams but they started on them and we were in the dark on what we were doing with them," Max Milner said.
Tommy Hilfiger has been hired as an image advisor for American Idol. In the newly-created position, the 60-year-old fashion designer will be charged with developing the style of each contestant.
"I will look at where they were, where they are today and the possibility of where they could go, because I don't think their image will evolve without some trial and error. 'We need to take into consideration their ages, color preferences, sizes, what types of music they will be performing, what they wear on their feet and how they wear their hair. There is going to be a real package put together on each person."
Talking about his decision to take on the role, he told WWD, "I thought it would be exciting and challenging and different, a place where I could use all of my experience in fashion and music. If you look at what makes a star, it's not only musical talent, it's the complete package. And that includes image. If you look at great superstars from Michael Jackson to Madonna and Lady Gaga and Katy Perry today, they each have a unique style and that adds to their persona. It's the icing on the cake."
The stage was set for drama on the Thursday results episode of American Idol. With lights turned low, Ryan Seacrest intoned about the importance of the vote. You see, only the Top 3 get to go home in glory, to a big hero’s welcome. The fourth-place finisher simply goes home, to wait for the Idol summer tour with the rest of the season’s rejects.
It took almost 72 million votes to determine the Thursday results. The Top 4 all scored high praise from the judges on Wednesday, each having two performances with which to impress them.
Wednesday’s American Idol was peppered with great songs and fantastic performances, and the judges were over the moon. So how did voters pick for their Top 4? The answer came at the end of a lengthy hour.
Approximately 60 million votes came in for the Top 5 Idols, the most of the season. To kick off the show, they sang “So Happy Together.” The performance was pretty rough… to put it kindly. The week’s Ford video was much better. You can see the whole thing at Albumista.
American Idol’s Now and Then theme mixed modern with retro, giving each of its Top 5 two solo performances for the night. The end of the season is very much in sight, now, and all of them were vying for the Top 4 slots.
Sheryl Crow was the week’s mentor, though in previous interviews she has been very unfavorable of American Idol. But, she’s in the middle of a comeback so all previous bets are off.
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