Mariah Carey ‘Hated’ ‘American Idol,’ Calls Nicki Minaj ‘Satan’
Mariah Carey served as a judge on the last season of American Idol alongside Randy Jackson, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj – an experience Carey equivalates to hell.
Carey claims that she didn’t exactly know what she was getting into when she signed on to being on the Idol judges panel. "Honestly, I hated it. I was led to believe — I was the first person signed on," Carey said in a Hot 97 interview. "Heaven forbid I look like I'm saying something negative, but honestly I thought it was going to be a three-person panel. They gave me a nice dangling monetary moment.”
Mariah On Nicki: 'Going To Work With Satan'
When Carey made the deal with Idol producers, she knew her longtime mentor and colleague Jackson was going to be there, but she knew nothing about hip-hop queen Minaj’s potential involvement. “I was like, okay, Randy Jackson will be there, I've known him forever. This isn't a big deal. This will be nothing," Carey said. “But it wasn't that. It was like hell. It was like going to work every day in hell with Satan."
Minaj’s presence wasn’t the only thing that Carey took issue with during her time on Idol. The “Beautiful” singer also believes that the show got rid of people they should have let continue on through the competition. "It was disappointing when they would — for political reasons — not put [contestants] through,” Carey admitted. “And I'm like, I'm not going to sit here and do this. I would prefer to put this person in a studio and record a record with them."
At the end of the day, how did Carey feel about her stint on Idol? She told the radio show, “I was disappointed.”
Urban will be joined at the judges table for American Idol's next season by Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez.
– Chelsea Regan