Devin Velez isn’t afraid to pepper an interview with the occasional bold-faced name. As the American Idol finalist sat down for his freewheeling Idology interview, he rattled off Andrea Bocelli, Katharine McPhee, Adam Lambert, Beyoncé, Pink, Justin Bieber and, yes, Nicki Minaj as artists who were on his mind during his Season 12 run.
Devin also discusses the highs and lows of his eight-place run: Why he wasn’t able to muster up his “complete passion” during Beatles Week; how he approached the English-to-Spanish transition on “Listen”; and why his stint in military school proved beneficial during a disastrous performance of “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” alongside Lazaro Arbos and Burnell Taylor.
Plus, we dive into why he never played guitar or piano on the Idol stage, and the little dustup he had on Twitter last week with Nicki Minaj (and her legion of angry Barbz). So press play below for the whole interview, then hit the comments with your thoughts!