Mariah Carey: I Hated 'American Idol'
By JACKIE WILLIS
November 14, 2013
There's a reason Mariah Carey isn't returning to the American Idol judges' table, and in her latest interview with Hot 97's Angie Martinez, it sounds like Nicki Minaj may have something to do with it.
"Honestly, I hated it," the 40-something star confessed on Tuesday, Nov. 12. "Here's what it was. I was the first person who signed on. I thought it was going to be a three-person panel. They gave me a nice, monetary moment, and I was just like, 'Okay, Randy Jackson will be there; I've known him forever. He used to play bass for me. Like, this isn't a big deal. This will be nothing.'"
However, country crooner Keith Urban and rapper Minaj, 30, also signed on for the show. "But it wasn't that," she continued. "It was like going to work every day in hell with Satan."
Though never calling out Minaj specifically, the women did have several arguments while judging the singing show. Despite her differences, Mariah did enjoy one part of the experience. "You know what I loved? I loved the contestants. And some of them that were so good -- and also really good people, you could tell -- it was disappointing when [the judges] would, for political reasons, not put people through."
Urban will return for American Idol season 15, while Carey and Minaj were replaced by returning judge Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr.
Connick, Jr. even reacted to Carey's comments, tweeting on Thursday, Nov. 14: