Oh Mimi! Mariah Carey dished on her time as a judge on American Idol, with the crew at 105.1 the Breakfast Club, and her take, at this point, is dripping with attitude!

Lucky for us, she addresses the Idol stuff at the top of the interview. No need to slog through all 40 minutes! Unless you want to, that is.

“I was very professional on that show, and that’s all I have to say,” sniffed Mariah. When a DJ brought up her fellow judge and nemesis, Nicki Minaj, Mariah was all “What?” and “I don’t EVEN remember what that was.” She added, “That was a moment in my life that I’m going to press DELETE.”

When asked if she regretted doing Idol, there was a long pause before she turned it on the DJs, and asked what they thought. “It wasn’t a bad look for you at all,” said a DJ. “Plus you got a 12 million dollar check.”

“MORE than that,” corrected Mariah. “I wouldn’t have done it for 12.”

“Honestly,” said Mariah, “I was hoping to be more of a mentor, for the…contestants.”

“I wanted to and did give them input on the side, when I could.” she revealed, “There were certain contestants that I was upset when they would get…”

She stopped herself here, afraid she might violate the terms of her contract. “I think I can’t really say certain things.” But then she snarked, “Everybody else seems to say whatever they want to say.”

“Just to make a long story short,” said Mariah, “I wasn’t happy there because I felt I couldn’t be real.” (Hm. Is she hinting at producer interference?)

Under the impression that it was going to be a 3 person panel, and that her friend, Lenny Kravitz might also be a judge, Mariah was excited. “I felt he [Lenny] had a certain amount of credibility as an artist, as a rock star.” (Oh. Is she throwing some Keith Urban shade here?)

“And yet, they chose to go in another direction, which felt very “reality TV’” Yes, Mimi actually used air quotes. “It’s not my bag.”

About Nicki coming on board as a judge, Mariah said, “If I had known that there was another female that they planned on emphasizing, and making it about jokes and laughs…then I would have been like ‘Do that and I’ll catch you guys next time.’”

She insisted that she was more focused on the contestants and who was more talented. “Not like…well what’s the gimmick?” she said. “Let’s create a fake dramatic fight that never existed…I just didn’t feel like it was something that was appropriate.”

Apparently, she asked Prince if she should do the show, and he said go for it.

Eh. If she was mentoring contestants on the show, none of them have come forward to testify about that. Also, her critiques sucked, she she really has no room to criticize anyone else for not taking it seriously. And as far as the “fight” being fake? She was throwing enough unprovoked, passive aggressive jabs at Nicki during the live shows to make me wonder about that.

The American Idol 12 remarks begin at about the 2 minute mark. Via HipHopNMore

In the meantime, check out the first single, “You’re Mine” from Mimi’s upcoming album, The Art of Letting Go, due out on May 6.

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  • gclay

    I really would love for Nigel or Ken to write a tell all about this season, what talent did they let go, how the hell did they come up with those themes etc. There was def some huge agenda behind it all

  • HermeticallySealed

    “That was a moment in my life that I’m going to press DELETE.”

    Along with everyone else, Mariah.

  • Sassycatz

    Back atcha, Mariah.

  • elliegrll

    It may have been the editing, but based on the audition episodes it didn’t seem like Mariah was invested in the show. Honestly, I don’t see why she’s not embarrassed to admit that one of her issues is that she wouldn’t be the only woman on the panel. That desire is a joke, and makes her look like an idiot.

  • elliegrll

    There’s an agenda behind every season, and every decision that they make. When you decide to cast an equal number of males and females it is definitely not about casting whoever is the most talented.

    They need to have an agenda since they are producing a television show. The problem is that the AI producers tend to go overboard, and in directions that don’t make a lot of sense.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Yeah, that admission alone is deserving of derision. Just incredibly petty and insecure.

  • Miz

    I doubt that is would be factual if they did write a ‘tell all’ book.

  • thirdtime

    Ugh…I can’t stand her.

  • Jaejae1

    I actually believe her. She had mentored on the show and had done a good job. And I think she did try to give some useful feedback on the show. I totally believe her that bringing Nikki on board changed things. No way would she have e signed up if she had known that.

  • Incipit

    “She had mentored on the show and had done a good job.”

    That “good job” as a mentor on Season 7 was courtesy of Idol’s editors – once Mariah went live last season her verbose critiques with little useful substance were what the audience got – the Lady couldn’t seem to cut to the chase without an editor to help her along.

    As far as Idol’s producers blindsiding her with:

    1. a 4th judge
    2. who was also a female
    3. and hiring Keith
    4. instead of the friend she thought? they were hiring
    5. and her imagining that she would mentor as a judge
    6. when that is NOT what Idol judges do?
    7. Coulda gone to work for XFUS, they did mentor/judges.
    8. Her manager was responsible for making things clear to her and to Idol, and negotiating a deal she could live with…
    9. Which he didn’t do. So he allowed her to be blindsided.
    10. Her manager was Randy. But “Not Anymore”. (Said in Inspector Clouseau accent) Heh.

  • elliegrll

    Bringing Nicki on board changed things, because Mariah wanted to be the only female judge. This is a Mariah problem, and one she had control over. The fact that she wanted to be the only female on the panel is evidence that her focus wasn’t on mentoring or the contestants, that stance is incredibly narcissistic.

  • usedtobelucy

    Too late to repair your image, you useless narcissistic idiot. Too much was caught on tape and you came off as an empty vessel.

  • Stooch

    I will admit her attitude stunk, but I do find it funny that people think any of these over priced puppets have any control or say about anything having to do with any part of the show. The best you can hope for is to find an entertaining actor (shill) to give commentary during the show, Mariah was not that.

  • celxx

    edit: lol. no

  • celxx

    People confuse being narcissistic with fighting for your brand. Do you think an A list actor would enjoy signing up for the lead role of a movie, only then to be made a supporting character? Of course not LOL

  • elliegrll

    American Idol isn’t Mariah’s brand, but coming off like a stereotypical catty female did hurt her brand.

  • JustJam

    The diva feud was clearly set up by producers. They obviously knew that the two wouldn’t get a long so they let them fight and made them believe that it was ok for the show’s ratings. I’m actually sad that Mariah is talking badly of Idol now. Many of the show’s contestants actually look up to her. She’s a real gem so I hope that she returns on Idol as a guest mentor or live performer sometime this season.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    if Carey’s brand is “I can’t stand women peers,” then I think she deserves criticism and I’d be happen to dish it out.

    She played right into the Smurfette trope: that any group needs only one woman because, while men have different personalities, a woman’s role is just to be “the woman in the group,” so any second woman is a rival and must be evil.

  • Wui Zhuan Lim

    Mariah, since you said you are professional, then you don’t even need to care about Nicki’s presence. DO what you want..
    maybe producers interfere a bit, but still, I don’t see your
    professionalism though last season, I mean your critques are not really

  • Guest

    Mariah Carey was one of my favs in the 90′s and now I can’t stand her and her personality, which is NONE. Posting bikini breast popping pictures every chance she gets. Being on Idol exposed that you are a self absorbed air head that rambles on and on. But hey, you sucked $18 million for doing almost nothing except exposing your breasts. Try to be thankful you overrated B!tch!!!

  • Guest

    “That was a moment in my life that I’m going to press DELETE.”

    DELETE the $18 million and give it to me or charity… you dumb bimbo!

  • Da 1 N Only

    There are some singer/actors that you are better off just seeing perform without knowing the real person behind the talent. Mariah Carey is one of them.

  • Dakota

    She should blame her agent and manager first. If she wanted to be the only female, that should have been written into her contract. Everything after that could have been avoided

  • Dakota

    They’ve previously said they’re casting a TV show – its not necessarily the best 12-24 whatever who make it through. And I think we all know that its not the judges (alone) making those cuts

  • Dakota

    I bet that no other woman clause is in JLO’s contract. Mariah should do the Voice; it seems every country Ive seen with The Voice always has 3 guys and 1 woman

  • Dakota

    You think JLo would do the show and then have some it girl half her age on the panel stealing her attention and camera time? Nope. I understand what she’s saying…And they didnt just bring in any female; they brought in someone that they knew she didnt get along with and didnt want.

  • Bugme Nomor

    She fired Randy Jackson as her agent.

  • Bugme Nomor

    “MORE than that,” corrected Mariah. “I wouldn’t have done it for 12.”

    I can empathize.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    You think JLo would do the show and then have some it girl half her age on the panel stealing her attention and camera time?

    My post did not mention JLo and I can’t remember the last time here that I posted something positive about JLo, though I’ll bet it was no later than March 2011.

    If JLo is equally an insecure, self-centered bitch who believes her success requires that other women fail, I’ll call her on it, too.

  • Sowsyalite

    Mariah Week on Season 7 was one the best weeks on Idol. She seemed like a perfect mentor and may have been a good one. She was not a good judge though and seemed too conscious on how she comes across.

  • Deon Oxivar

    YASSS that’s our Mimi dahhling! ;)

  • Deon Oxivar

    Also, it’s not the first single. It’s the 2nd single after #Beautiful.

  • gclay

    technically its the fourth single associated with “The Art of Letting Go” After “triumphant” “#beautiful” “the art of letting go” and now “youre mine”

  • ohreli

    MJ, I disagree with your take on Mariah’s Idol stint. It was obviously true that she was trying to be somewhat helpful and mentoring in her critiques. She was actually one of the few to make specific SINGER-centric critiques that addressed SINGING issues. In that sense, she was the only one doing last year what Harry is doing this year! True she had a lot of trouble with the skill of knowing when to stop talking, but even that got better towards the end. And her “passive agressive” swipes at Nicki were, if I remember, always a reaction to Nicki’s initial baiting. Come on, its always easy to look at others and say “Just dont react”, but I think Mariah was much more restrained in her responses than most of us would be if we were up there in her position! Of course, we hold our public celebrities to a different standard, and it doesn’t make Mariah completely blameless…..but Mariah didnt say she acted perfectly! She just said that what she thought she was getting into was not what the Idol Producers led her to believe. They definitely led her into a situation where they knew there would be fireworks, and the “Reality TV”-oriented Producers stupidly thought that that was what was going to help ratings!

  • elliegrll

    Sorry, Mariah took the first swipe on twitter when she learned that Nicki would be a judge. There was nothing mature, professional or necessary about her initial response to the news.

  • ohreli

    Sorry elliegrll I dont follow twitter, but I read all the discussion on this blog during the season and paid a lot of attention to what was happening on air, and took part in that discussion. In all those debates going on, I dont remember anyone mentioning her twitters in their cases against her, but perhaps I am forgetting- In any case, I was responding to MJ’s comment about Mariah’s “passive agressive swipes” on air, since that is the only thing I saw myself.

  • Jordana33

    “I wouldn’t have done it for 12″. She could have kept that comment to herself. I understand that 12 million might seem like nothing to her, but it’s still overbearing to make comments like that, when the average person makes only a fraction of that in a lifetime.

  • Deon Oxivar

    True, but if we’re going with the consideration that Mariah pretty much won’t acknowledge Triumphant & that TAOLG wasn’t meant for radio, then You’re Mine is her 2nd “official” radio single meant to be promoted :)

  • Deon Oxivar

    when you have it, flaunt it ;)

  • Jordana33

    That’s more than just flaunting it, That’s being greedy, tacky and disrespectful to all the other people who work for Idol and make minimum wage so that Idol can afford to pay her 18 million dollars.

  • Deon Oxivar

    I see you’re jelly ;)