Mariah Carey “Hated” Idol at Times, Working With Nicki Minaj Was Like “Working With Satan”

Mariah Carey's perception of American Idol was tainted during her judging stint this past season because of another judge. In a recent interview with New York radio station Hot 97, the R&B diva says she “hated” her job at times and working with Nicki Minaj was like “working with Satan.”

“Honestly, I hated it. I thought it was going to be a three-person panel,” Carey told the station. “They gave me a nice dangling monetary moment, and I was just like, ‘Ok, Randy Jackson will be there; I've known him forever. He used to play bass for me. Like, this isn't a big deal. This will be nothing.’”

She continued: “But it wasn't that. It was like going to work every day in hell with Satan.”

Without rubbing the network and producers the wrong way, Carey quickly added, “I'm just playing. It didn't affect me that much (but) I was disappointed.”

It wasn’t all negative for the “Beautiful” star, who says, “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 the judges would, for political reasons, not put people through.”

Carey recently premiered her brand new single “The Art of Letting Go.”

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