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Mariah Carey: 'Idol' gig was like 'hell with Satan'

  • Mariah Carey: 'Honestly, I hated it'
  • Carey said she was 'disappointed' with the experience
Mariah Carey: 'Idol' gig was like 'hell with Satan'

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Mariah Carey is revealing what many had long suspected, she "hated" her time as a judge on last season's "American Idol."

During an interview with Hot 97 radio on Tuesday, Carey said that her time judging season 12 alongside Keith Urban, Randy Jackson and Nicki Minaj -- whom she notoriously fought with both on-and-off camera -- was "like going to work every day in hell with Satan."

"Honestly, I hated it," said the singer, who confirmed earlier this year that she wouldn't be returning to the show. "I was led to believe — I was the first person signed on. Heaven forbid people look like I'm saying something negative, but honestly I thought it was going to be a three-person panel."

The Grammy-award winner said the offer was too good to pass up.

"They gave me a nice dangling monetary moment. I was just like, OK, Randy Jackson will be there, I've known him forever. He used to play bass for me. This isn't a big deal. This will be nothing. But it wasn't that. It was like hell," she said.

Carey said that even though she was "disappointed" with the experience, she didn't let it affect her too much. She said the one part that she did enjoy about the experience were the contestants, though even that was clouded by disillusionment.

"It was disappointing when they would — for political reasons — not put [contestants] through," Carey revealed. "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."

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