Mariah Carey is unsure if people will consider her too nice or mean when "American Idol" premieres, but she does believe the word "honest" will be in play.
"I try to be honest and I try to be constructive. I don't know if that means that I'm nice or mean or whatever," says Carey. "I'm a producer and I'm a songwriter, and I look at myself as a singer as kind of third. But I look at these kids as though we're in the studio producing a record."
Based off auditions she has been through so far, Carey believes in giving contestants a constructive suggestion if necessary.
"If I feel they should have done something a certain way, I'll say, 'you can try this, you can try this,' only in a constructive way, to sort of be a guide and someone to give them guidance rather than, like, judging somebody," she tells THR.
As widely reported, the "Triumphant" singer and fellow judges, including Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson, appeared at their first auditions for the new season earlier this week. Despite rumors about issues between some of them, namely Mariah and Nicki, Ryan Seacrest says there is no animosity.
"Nicki and Mariah are two very different, strong, powerful successful women on the panel - there are not too many dull moments between the two of them. But at the end of the day, we all hug and laugh and go home and get ready for another day," Seacrest told "Today" earlier this week.