The "American Idol" Top 9 sang the Beatles this week, but even with this royal rock theme, judge Nicki Minaj spent as much time critiquing the contestants' looks as their song books.
Nicki was full of barbs (no pun intended, Barbz) for the Top 9, with a special slam reserved for Amber Holcomb, who didn't follow the rapper's previous suggestion of going for light-colored lipstick. Was Nicki paying any attention to Holcomb's rendition of "She's Leaving Home" or was she too busy paying lip service?
Meanwhile, Burnell Taylor's patchwork leather jacket got a curious critique from Nicki, who asked the 19-year old if he liked his jacket. She pretended to like it too, but it wasn't exactly convincing.
Nicki did like Janelle Arthur's long white gown, though. She told the country singer that she looked like "a beautiful swan goddess," and asked her something about renewing their vows.
Earlier in the season, the "Super Bass" singer told contestant Tenna Torres to change up her old school 'do. "Lose the hair," Nicki told her, "It's aging you."
And she definitely didn't like Charlie Askew's attempt to trade in his oversized suits for a tank top. When the now-ousted contestant butchered the Genesis song "Mama," Nicki focused on his style change more than his vocal range.
"I don't want to see your arms. I don't want you working out. Charlie, I don't want to see that ponytail. I don't want to see that earring. Lose that mustache immediately," she said. " When you were wearing your oversized suits... I was obsessed with that Charlie. And now, it's like a darker thing. I don't know what's going on but I'm upset."
Last week Nicki praised how most of the kids were styled, giving a shout out to Lazaro Arbos's Ricky Ricardo look. But with her focus on the contestants' hairdos, jackets and lipstick colors, perhaps Ms. Minaj should have a permanent gig on "Fashion Police" instead of "American Idol."
She certainly enjoys dissing in-house mentor Jimmy Iovine, which is definitely very un-"American Idol."
This week she told struggling singer Lazaro Arbos, "I need them to stop putting you in the room with Jimmy, I can't take it any more … You know what you do, don't let anyone else tell you what to do. Where is your mind? Something is bothering you and I need you back."
And last week she seemed to blame Jimmy for Lazaro's sudden lack of confidence. "Don't let anybody knock you off your square," she told him after his first mentoring session with the famed music producer. OK, so maybe he should sing "Babalu" next week!
"American Idol" airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8/7c on FOX.
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