Nicki Minaj Speaks Her Mind – – And, I Like It!

Nicki Minaj Speech BubbleEver since Simon Cowell left American Idol years ago, we have not had any judges who really told it like it is, but I felt that Simon was mean & snarky in the way that “he” did it.  For example, he could say to a contestant, “you suck“.  Sure he might have felt that way, but there are other ways of telling someone they suck.  The truth hurts, but sometimes we need to hear the truth to give us that much needed kick in the butt wake up call.

But, over the last few episodes of American Idol, I am a new found fan of Nicki Minaj.  She delivered the perfect kick in the butt wake up call that a lot of the contestants needed last night.  She was right!  I would sit here, season after season, critiquing the contestants from my kitchen table and I would always ask “why aren’t the judges telling them like it is?” or “why are they sugar coating it?” or hearing lame comments from the judges like “you’re in it to win it” or “where’s the other half of your dress?“.  Most of these American Idol contestants have never received any “real” feedback before in their lives and they need to hear the truth.  Nicki Minaj served that up last night on a silver platter to them.  She was right when she stated that the contestants needed to “step it up” and shine – show us what you got, or you are going to be very upset….with yourself later.  And, I bet a lot of them were… on their trip home.  This is a singing competition and everyone wants that golden crown in the end, but you can’t win it if you don’t bring it!  Game On!

I did feel bad for some of the contestants though, but only for a few seconds, after they received what they perceived what was harsh feedback and were sent home.  But after watching some of the most horrible group night performances on Wednesday where a lot of guys forgot the lyrics to their song, I was surprised when their solo performances turned out much better.  These contestants have been told all their life that they could sing by family members and friends, but never have they stood in front of a panel of talented judges who know a thing or two about singing. I get it.  I bet it’s probably scary to stand up on that stage and perform, but isn’t that what you wanted?  To go to Hollywood?  To make a name for yourself?  To actually win this competition?  If so, then you need to be better than all the rest to keep yourself alive round after round.  Nicki was right.  If you don’t, then you will be pretty upset with yourself later on.

To date, some of our favorites are:  Paul Jolley, Lazaro Arbos, and Nick Boddington.  As Guy Week comes to a close, there are 28 guys remaining. Eight of those 28 will be cut next Thursday.  The girls are up next week and let’s see how they fair with Nicki’s truthful remarks, and I bet there will be a lot of crying afterwards.  Suck it up is all I’ve got to say!  If you don’t make it this year, there’s always next year.

Until next week….

Are Dogs Allowed In Hollywood?

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For those of us who watch American Idol, regardless of who the judges are, we got to watch our first two nights of drama this week.  We heard some outstanding new talent, and lots of screeching squealie finger nails on the chalkboard voices who made us run for the mute button on the remote, but that is what is expected when you watch Idol.   Unfortunately, the cat fights between Mariah and Nicki makes me feel like I am watching the Jerry Springer show, as their arguing in front of the contestants is unfortunate.

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You just never know what to expect, especially when an adorable 21 year old Cuban immigrant takes the stage, and ends up stealing our hearts.  Lazaro Arbos has suffered his whole life with a severe stutter, but once he began singing “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”, he stunned everyone.  It was truly the most precious moment of Idol this week and even the judges were speechless, which is hard to believe.

We even saw a return visit from Johnny Keyser who auditioned in Season 11 and made it to the top 60 last year and showed a lot of promise.  Although he sang well this week, I don’t think he blew the judges away, but they gave him a golden ticket and granted him another shot at Hollywood.

Another contestant who threw me for a loop was Kez Ban.  If this is the perfect example of “You can’t judge a book by its cover”, then I don’t know what is.  She was an amateur fire dancing street performer (who burned off all the hair on her chin too) and she freely admitted that she did not expect to win anything.  Yet, this oddly dressed contestant was quite talented, so we will be watching her on what she does when she gets to Hollywood for sure.  She truly was not your typical Idol contestant, but who cares what they wear?  I mean, look at Phillip Phillips who throughout the entire season would not change his looks for anyone, and kept to wearing what he was comfortable in….his gray shirts and jeans.  Good for him!

This is definitely going to be an interesting season nonetheless, and at this point, it is hard for us to choose a favorite.  Stay tuned for more brawls next week between Mariah and Nicki on American Idol, but seriously…. Idol is supposed to be about the contestants and making talented people’s dreams come true, not about the immature grudges between the girl judges.  (I feel bad for Keith Urban being the scratching post between two cats!)

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