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American Idol's first week of Hollywood rounds are over, and 28 guys have advanced to sing again. But not before Nicki Minaj snarled and eye-rolled her way through scores of auditions, with certain contestants disappointing her to the point of anger. These six guys learned the hard way that when Ms. Minaj is not impressed, the claws come out.
1. Cortez Shaw
Shaw's decision to sing Whitney Houston's range-challenging ballad, "I Will Always Love You," wasn't too smart. But when Mariah Carey tried to give him some words of encouragement after failing to nail it, Minaj stepped in. "I honestly thought that you did a poor job at that song," she said. "And I was very disgusted by it." Shaw ended up making it through to the next round, but there's no doubt he's been traumatized by his experience of "disgusting" Nicki.
2. Bryant Tadeo
Tadeo also got through, but first he had to endure Nicki's mean response when he admitted that he was tired. "It's good that you're tired, because we're sending you home and you're gonna get a lot of time to sleep at home," she said. "I'm kidding," she added, after a beat. "You're through…This is the rule. You never say you're tired."
3. Paul Jolley
"I've worked so hard for this," gasped a shaky-voiced Jolley before his final solo. This guy's extreme nerves made everyone uncomfortable. But unlike the other three judges, who clearly pitied him, Minaj got mad. "You walked out so defeated and it really irritated me," she said. "Just give us one minute of professionalism." True, it was a necessary -- and constructive -- criticism. On the other hand, should a woman who dresses like this be calling someone out on his lack of "professionalism"?
4. Matheus Fernandes
Minaj told Fernandez what everything was thinking, but too nice to say out loud. "I felt like every time you performed you were making reference to your height," she told the former Glee project contestant. "Sometimes things can go from being inspiring to becoming you wanting a pity party…You don't have to milk that ever again." Ouch. Judging by the gaggle of producers hovering over a sobbing Fernandez in the wake of this comment, the kid didn't take it too well.
5. Papa Peachez
In the editing room, Idol producers highlighted this contestant's cocky attitude. Was that their way to offset the furious barbs Minaj threw at him after he sang Lady Gaga's "You And I"? "I'm so disappointed," she hissed. "I don't know why you would choose that song. I can't believe you would let this competition suck that amazing quality out of you." After dismissing him, Minaj turned to the ever-congenial Urban. "Uh, I'm so bleeping disappointed," she muttered. "What the bleep was that?"
6. Nicholas Mathis
Tears flowed frequently during the guys' round, and the waterworks didn't particularly bother Minaj. "This was the one time to fight for your life," she growled at Papa Peachez and the obviously fragile Mathis, just before sending them home. "And if you didn't fight for your life, then you're probably pretty upset at yourself, and you should be." Cut to yet another Idol producer cleaning up Minaj's mess, patting the back of a weeping Mathis.
A word to the wise: If you can't take the heat, get the bleep out of Nicki Minaj's kitchen. Idol returns next Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET