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Nicki Minaj takes to Twitter to reprimand ousted 'Idol' contestant Devin Velez

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Chicago high school senior Devin Velez has found himself on the receiving end of some surly tweets from "American Idol" judge Nicki Minaj.

Minaj's social media smackdown started after the Portage Park teen responded to a question from reporters Friday about whether Minaj over-reacted to the males' group performance during Motown week. (Devin, Lazaro Arbos and Burnell Taylor gave a shaky rendition of "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)." After they sang, a displeased Minaj basically told them to get off stage.

"Looking back at the video I know where Nicki was coming from," Devin said. "I agree with the first half of her critique, when she said it felt like it was Hollywood Week. When she went crazy was when she was like, 'Get off the stage, blah blah blah.' And it's just like, 'Whoa Ms. Minaj, I need you to calm down please.'"

"We're still human. We still have feelings," said Devin, whose tone of voice was more matter-of-fact about the incident than mortally wounded. "She doesn't care sometimes. It's all good. We still love Nicki."

Well, Nicki didn't love hearing that Devin might be the least bit miffed about his public dressing down.

She unleashed the following tweets later that Friday:

The Hollywood Reporter and the New York Daily News reported that Devin responded with a tweet he later deleted:
"That moment when an adult stoops down to the 3rd grade level...LOL grow up Hun, I've got songs to write. :) #movingforward."

Devin, who seems very comfortable in his own skin, might be taking solace in advice his mother gave to him -- advice he shared with reporters on the conference call that started the whole kerfluffle:

"The way my mother raised me was when someone was saying bad things about you and it's not true, guess what, they're not talking about you," he said.

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