She is leaving “American Idol” in her past, and Mariah Carey couldn”t be happier doing so. Serving as a judge alongside big names such as Keith Urban, Randy Jackson and Nicki Minaj, the “My All” singer revealed her true feelings about the show in an interview with Angie Martinez on Tuesday (November 12).
“Honestly, I hated it,” she said. “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.””
The interview then turned as the 43-year-old became more serious. “But it wasn”t that,” she said. “It was like going to work every day in hell with Satan.”
Although she didn”t specify who exactly she designated as the demon, Mariah and rapper Nicki reportedly butted heads, both on and off camera, going so far as taking their battles to Twitter.
However, Mariah did discuss a few of the high points of her experience on “Idol,” telling Martinez, “”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.”