While I was out scouring the streets of New York for a reasonably priced bottle of Hennessy, a dramatic slice of American Idol was broadcasting. It may not have been the intense blow-up that we saw on TMZ last year, but producers did show Nicki Minaj walk off set during a small argument.
When a young woman named Summer Cunningham auditioned with the song “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers, she created a bit of a debate between the judges. Keith Urban took offense to Summer’s comment “I did the country thing” which seemed to have the judges (except Nicki) point the contestant back in the direction of the country genre.
Nicki then claimed that the other judges were “scaring her into lying” and accused Randy and Mariah of constantly picking at pop artists. In the end, Summer went through to Hollywood and Nicki walked off set after Randy made a comment of working in the industry for 30 years.
You can watch footage of the squabble below, but this time I have to side with Nicholas. Summer made a small comment about wanting to bring more soul into her music and because Keith got upset, the other judges seemed to push her into a sound that she may not want to do.
Then they bullied Nicki and made condescending comments when she was just speaking her opinion. If Randy and Mariah’s 30-year advice is law, then they’re making it clear that producers brought Nicki in for ratings and don’t take her seriously. I would have picked my pink afro and walked off too.