Nicki Minaj to Jimmy Iovine: I Wish He Would Zip His Lips

The American Idol judges react to mentor, Jimmy Iovine’s,  criticism that they are too complimentary and confusing in their critiques.

Nicki Minaj was especially irritated by his remarks. You’ll remember that she thought the Idol mentor’s tough ways were messing with Lazaro Arbos‘ confidence

Here’s what Nicki Minaj had to say:

“I wish he would just zip his lips and let America make their own decisions,” says Nicki Minaj, who argues that Iovine’s negativity may be impacting the results. “Because he comes down very hard on Lazaro [Arbos], America keeps voting for him. You don’t want to force a decision down [viewers’] throats because they’re going to feel compelled to rebel.”

Randy Jackson isn’t pleased either:

“They’ve got to open up our mics so we can come back at him. And we should judge Jimmy!”

Keith Urban was ever the diplomat:

“I think he’s pretty accurate. But I agree with Jimmy when he agrees with me, otherwise I don’t agree!”

I guess Mariah Carey didn’t have an opinion. Or TV guide was unable to catch up with her.

Nicki’s words were undiplomatic, but I believe she is right. The tougher Jimmy is on Lazaro, the more sympathy votes America will cast…

ETA: Nicki has been pretty mean to Lazaro too. And she’s the one who helped put him there, so… Generally, I have no problem with Jimmy playing the asshole card. That’s why he’s there. And he does have less of an influence on the votes, because his remarks come after. But still, when the producers are ready to ditch Lazaro, watch for Jimmy’s stance to soften.

Also, as some of you have pointed out–the producers probably want Laz to stick around for a few more weeks. There’s nothing like a polarizing contestant whom half the audience believes doesn’t deserve to be there to stir controversy and water cooler talk. Sanjaya was GREAT buzz for season 6.

Via TV Guide

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