Mariah Carey: I 'hated' 'American Idol' job (Video, Poll)
Mariah Carey says she hated being a judge on "American Idol," joking that the experience was like "going to work every day in Hell with Satan."
The 43-year-old pop star left the FOX singing competition series earlier this year after one season. She served as a co-judge alongside veteran cast member Randy Jackson, her longtime associate who has since also left the show, and country singer Keith Urban and hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj, who joined -- and left -- the series when she did.
Carey was asked in an interview with hip-hop radio station HOT 97's "Angie Martinez Show" on Wednesday, Nov. 13, if she liked her experience on "American Idol." (watch video, below).
"No, honestly, I hated it because, here's what it was -- I was led to believe I was the first person signed on ... I don't wanna say anything that Heaven forbid people, you know, look like I'm saying something negative -- but honestly, I thought it was gonna be a three-person panel," she said.
"They gave me a nice dangling monetary moment and I was just like, 'OK, this is ... you know, Randy Jackson will be there, you've known him forever, he used to play bass for me,' like this isn't a big deal, this'll be nothing. But it wasn't that. It was like ... hell -- going to work every day in hell with Satan," she said, laughing.
"No, I'm just playing," she added. "It didn't affect me that much. I was disappointed. 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 they would, for political reasons, not put people through."
Carey did not reveal who she "Satan" is. Before the recent 12th season started this past January, a clip from a taping that appeared to show a expletive-filled verbal fight between the two female singers was posted online, spurring rumors of a feud. However, Carey and Minaj both appeared to act courteous toward each other on televised episodes.
Season 13 of "American Idol" is set to debut in January 2014 with returning judges Urban and Jennifer Lopez, who served on the panel during seasons 10 and 11, as well as newcomer and big band crooner Harry Connick, Jr.