Nicki Minaj to Eliminated Idol Contestants: Be Gracious

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Nicki Minaj, Devin Velez | Photo Credits: Michael Becker / FOX

Even after contestants are sent home from American Idol, they apparently still get feedback from judge Nicki Minaj.

Minaj went on a Twitter rant Friday after Devin Velez was eliminated Thursday night because the judges opted not to use their one save of the season on him. "America r the 'potential' fans...u MUST win them over. "Saves" are bullsh-- and they know it. Those girls are just too good this year," Minaj tweeted Friday.

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Though Minaj never addressed Velez specifically, it's possible her remarks were in response to comments he made on a conference call Friday. When asked about Minaj's critique of his group number Thursday - after which Minaj told Velez, Lazaro Arbos and Burnell Taylor to "get off the stage" - Velez said she took her critique a little too far.

"When she went crazy - when she was like 'get off the stage, blah blah blah' ... it's just like 'Whoa, Miss Minaj, I need you to calm down please,'" Velez told reporters Friday, according to "She could have been upset because the night before she was wearing the same colored dress as Mariah [Carey], or that she was on time. We never know. But I know that I love her as a judge. ... It's when she gets into the exaggerative speaking, where it's just like, ah, take it easy! You don't want to hurt somebody else's feelings."

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But apparently Minaj is more concerned with telling it straight than preserving the contestants' feelings. In a series of tweets Friday, she wrote, " 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? 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."

Minaj also referred to Curtis Finch, Jr., the first contestant to get eliminated from the Top 10, as the only male who stood a chance in the competition.

"Send the judges some flowers and a card," she tweeted. "If Curtis didn't get SAVED, NONE of u get saved! Best male voice of the SEASON!!!!!!!!!!! #TruthTea"

What do you think of Minaj's comments?

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