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'American Idol': Mary J. Blige on Whether Jimmy Iovine is Too Hard on the Finalists

The Grammy-winning singer also talks about the rookie mistakes she saw season 11's contestants make.

Grammy Award-winning singer Mary J. Blige lent her talents to season 11's American Idol hopefuls, first as a mentor on Wednesday’s episode and as a featured performer the following night.

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So what sort of rookie mistakes did this year’s Top 13 make? "Once you’re out there, you can’t think about how you look and you have to learn a song so that you’re not even thinking about the words,” Blige told The Hollywood Reporter after Thursday’s show. “[Also] wanting to hurry to get to the big money note, I just kept telling them to slow down.”

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Blige also talked about Jimmy Iovine’s unfiltered comments and whether he’s being too hard on some of the contestants. Hear her thoughts on all things Idol in the video above.  

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