Mariah Carey is slamming American Idol. The singer spent time behind the judges’ table and now, in retrospect, Carey calls Idol the worst experience of her life, reported the Huffington Post.
Making her views known on the Kyle and Jackie O radio show in Australia, Mariah described her experiences judging Idol with Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban.
Would she consider returning to the show?
“Hell no! Absolutely not! That was the worst experience of my life,” moaned Mariah.
At the time, tabloids were filled with stories about a feud between her and Nicki Minaj, she told the radio show hosts, before alluding to an apparently show-manufactured feud between Carey and Nicki.
True or false?
Carey, rather than answering directly, claims that having two women on the show was a setup for cat-fight trouble.
“I’m not going to get into what it was. Let’s just say, I don’t think they had any interest in us having a good experience through that show. Pitting two females against each other wasn’t cool. It should have been about the contestants instead of about some non-existent feud that turned into even more ridiculousness.”
Moreover, Mariah claims that the show is filled with bad performances, and that judges are tasked with trying to pay compliments.
“You have to make up things to say about people,” added Carey. “Half the time the performances are good. You’d just be like, ‘It was good!’ ”
Mariah previously dished on the show, summing up her experience succinctly in 2013.
“It was like going to work every day in hell with Satan.”
So, now that it’s known she’s never ever going back again to American Idol, who will return? As the Inquisitr reported, the final season judging panel has not been announced, with fans hoping that Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Paula Abdul will be among those returning.
Paula Abdul looked back on her legacy as a judge.
“It’s just a sign of something that changed the world, and actually changed people’s lives, and legitimized their dreams, has run its course. I’m fortunate to have been a part of it from day one.”
As for Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson, who judged with Paula, Abdul denied rumors that the famous threesome would team up again for the show’s final run.
“I haven’t even spoken to anybody about it,” she insisted.
But of all the judges who have warmed the seats at the American Idol table, Simon Cowell is regarded as the supreme king of snark, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Mariah initially was thought to be a bright spot on Season 12 until her battles with Nicki detracted from the contestants and turned Keith Urban and Randy Jackson into arbitrators of catfights rather than judges.
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