Mariah Carey Hated Working at American Idol

Mariah Carey

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updated 11/13/2013 AT 4:00 PM ET

originally published 11/13/2013 AT 5:00 PM ET

You can’t blame it on the champagne. Mariah Carey sipped non-alcoholic sparkling cider during a radio interview on Tuesday, but she didn’t hold back when asked about her time as a judge on American Idol admitting, “Honestly, I hated it.”

The singer, who butted heads with fellow judge Nicki Minaj on the most recent season of the reality show, told Hot 97’s Angie Martinez, that the experience wasn’t at all what she thought it would be like when she signed on.

“I thought it was going to be a three-person panel,” she admitted, thinking she’d have fun working with her longtime friend Randy Jackson. “But it wasn’t that.”

Carey continued: “It was like going to work every day in hell with Satan.”

Carey then put a gloved hand over her eyes and laughed. “I’m just playing. It didn’t affect me that much,” she continued. “I was disappointed.”

But there was one thing Carey did enjoy and that was the contestants. “Some of them were so good and also really good people,” she said. “It was disappointing when they would, for political reasons, not put people through.”


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