Mariah Carey: Working on American Idol Was "Like Hell"

Singer talks reality TV politics and making music.

Posted: 11/13/2013 12:39 PM EST
Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj

Working on American Idol  was "like hell" for Mariah Carey, the songbird revealed. 

Mimi, currently promoting her "The Art of Letting Go" single, stopped by Hot 97 with manager Jermaine Dupri yesterday, where she drank champagne, talked about new music and used eternal damnation to describe her multi-million dollar gig on the Fox Network show.  

Although she never mentioned Nicki Minaj, whom she battled throughout the show, Carey let it be known that she was not entirely pleased with being an Idol judge. "Honestly, I hated it," the mother of two said, admitting to feeling deceived by the reality series.  

"Here's what it was heaven forbid [it] look like I'm saying anything negative honestly, I thought it was going to be a three-person panel," she said. "They gave me a nice dangling monetary moment and I was just like, 'OK, ya know Randy Jackson'll be there, I've known him forever, he used to play bass for me, this isn't a big deal, it'll be nothing,' But it wasn't like that."

Carey earned a reported $18 million for the season. "It was like hell, like going to work every day in hell with Satan," the 43-year-old said, laughing. "I'm just playing, it didn't affect me that much."

She went on to detail what she did enjoy. "I loved the contestants, and some of them were so good, and also really good people, you could tell. It was disappointing that they would for political reasons not put people through. I'm like, 'I don't have to do this,' I would prefer to just put this person in the studio, record a record with them, or tell another producer, like, 'Yo, you should produce this artist'… but that's the way it is."

When asked to choose between making music and judging the singing competition, she picked the former. "I like being in the studio better. I go on my own tours, etcetera, so we're going back to that." 

Also in the interview, Carey discussed her upcoming album, The Art of Letting Go, which she plans to release around Valentine's Day. "I like the Valentine's Day thing. Especially love songs. People want to hear the breakup love songs, the, 'I hate you' love songs, the 'I used to love you and I can't get over it [love songs],'" she said.      

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