Nicki Minaj has definitely been the queen of “real talk” on American Idol 2013, but she might have gone a bit too far when she chewed out the guys in the Season 12 Top 8 after their performance of the Four Tops’ “I Can't Help Myself (Suger Pie, Honey Bunch).”

 

Keeping with the evening’s Motown theme, Lazaro Arbos, Burnell Taylor and Devin Velez tag-teamed the classic tune, but the resulting performance fell a bit flat.

 

But according to Nicki, it was a total disaster! She hardly waited for the applause to finish before laying into the trio for a performance that reminded her of Hollywood Week. “I don’t know what that was, but I'm gonna act like I didn't hear it or see it,” she yelled at the startled threesome, before barking at them to get off the stage.

 

The other judges didn’t even get a word in edgewise before the cameras panned to Ryan Seacrest, who huddled with the guys to get their reactions to Nicki’s feedback. Burnell and Devin both insisted that they learned their parts, with Burnell saying he was doing what he had to do because it's a competition. Devin even said that he tried to “save” the other two during their performance. Lazaro blamed his lackluster contribution to the fact that he didn’t know the song beforehand.

 

Do you think the American Idol guys’ performance was a total trainwreck like Nicki, or was she way too harsh on them?



Credit: FOX Photo: Watch Lazaro Arbos, Burnell Taylor, and Devin Velez Sing “I Can’t Help Myself” in Season 12 Top 8