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American Idol: Devin Velez on the Group, “It was a little disappointing”

5 years ago by Reg Seeton
Devin Velez stands with American Idol host Ryan Seacrest - Photo: Fox

Devin Velez stands with American Idol host Ryan Seacrest – Photo: Fox

American Idol continued to narrow down the field of singers this week as Devin Velez was voted out of the competition after falling into the bottom three.

It was a tough American Idol night on Thursday for Devin Velez who found himself on damage control duty when the three remaining guys crashed and burned on the Four Tops hit “I Can’t Help Myself”. Despite the fact that Devin jumped in to help Lazaro Arbos and Burnell Taylor with a few forgotten lyrics, the disastrous performance couldn’t be saved.

“It was a little difficult,” Devin admitted to The Deadbolt the next day about the group number. “As an artist, you’re your worst critic. You’re always thinking about the little negative things about your performance and if you could change things. You’re playing it back and changing it in your head. I really was okay. I did feel a little embarrassed just because this far into the competition we shouldn’t be having little mistakes like forgetting the lyrics.”

With such a classic hit as “I Can’t Help Myself”, the guys left judges no other option but to order them backstage to think about their mistakes.

“I totally agree with Nicki Minaj when she said it felt like it was Hollywood Week,” Devin added about the group number. “Things do happen and the pressure does get to us. We’re still human but it was a little disappointing just to see that once you’re so far into the competition that that was the mistake we made. It was a mistake that shouldn’t even be a question right now. We should just know our lines and know our parts. But what happened, happened. I think that was a wake up call for all of us, whether we went home or whether we stayed.”

Devin Vlez sings with fellow American Idol contestants Burnell Taylor and Lazaro Arbos - Photo: Fox

Devin Velez sings with fellow American Idol contestants Burnell Taylor and Lazaro Arbos – Photo: Fox

Although Devin brought back “Impossible” to potentially earn the all-important save from the judges, Idol stardom wasn’t meant to be on Thursday.

“I kind of knew the writing was on the wall,” Devin continued. “Nothing of course was definite until the moment of, but even the night prior I was getting this feeling like, ‘Alright, I think I’m going home.’ I wasn’t sad about it, and I’m still not sad about it now. People are expecting me to be all mopey and crying but making the Top 10 is like winning to me. It was a great accomplishment.”

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Reg Seeton

Reg Seeton created The Deadbolt in 2005 after working for the pioneering movie news website, Coming Attractions. Reg has over 15 years experience as a top online entertainment journalist and interviewer, has worked with several award winning actors, musicians and writers, and has managed entertainment networks in New York and Los Angeles. And he's done it all with one eye!