Mariah Carey on Idol “It Was Like Going To Work With Satan” (VIDEO)

On the heels of releasing a new single, “The Art of Letting Go” the lead single off her next album she hopes to release in February, Mariah Carey sounds off on what it was like sitting on the American Idol judges panel. The interview was a sit down with Angie Martinez on Hot 97 earlier this week.

Honestly, I thought it was gonna be a three-person panel. They gave me a nice dangling monetary moment,” said Mariah, who was paid a reported $18 million. She made headlines for her feud with fellow judge Nicki Minaj. “It was like going to work everyday in hell with Satan,” laughed Mariah, adding, “Nah, I’m just playing. It didn’t affect me that much. I was disappointed.”

So the TMZ gossip was correct. Mariah was disappointed when the 3 judge panel was expanded to include Nicki. Meow.

Of course, it takes 2 to fuel a feud. Mariahs dainty paws aren’t exactly clean in this situation either. In Dante’s 7 levels of hell, the divas occupied suites on their very own floors. Poor Keith Urban was stuck on an elevator between them.

Mariah also hated the Idol experience when good singers weren’t put through for “political reasons.” Hinting at producer manipulation? I’m shocked SHOCKED I tell you.

You can watch Mariah being…MARIAH in the full 15 minute interview below. DAHLINGS.

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  • Porfivor Nixon

    I think they misused Mariah. By bringing on Nikki, it muted Mariah’s true potential on what she could have brought to the show- here you have someone who has had more #1 hits than anybody except the Beatles and she was sort of pushed to the side with the show only wanting cat fights from her.

  • No Thanks

    Mariah didn’t have to play into that. She could have risen above and focused on the contestants. Instead she was obsessed with the other woman on the panel and her diva status.

    ETA: I’m not giving Nicki a free pass either. She reacted to every one of Mariah’s passive aggressive attacks in a knee jerk, hot-headed manner.

  • MV007

    This is the best and most succinct way to describe what happened. Kudos No Thanks

  • Max

    Note to Mariah’s management and agents – and future negotiators – if you’re told there will be a 3 judge panel and you’ll be the only woman, put that in writing

  • nycguy

    I wish Mariah would stop acting like the innocent victim in this. Nicki has stated that at the beginning she was excited to work with Mariah. Mariah wasn’t having it from day one. So who do you think started this feud?

  • Bugme Nomor

    American Idol talk starts about 9:56. Interesting comment that “they” would not put “good people” who were really talented through for “political purposes.”

  • No Thanks

    Very true. But, I have to wonder if Mariah felt duped by producers when it came to the make up of the panel. If so, her anger should be focused on them. I’m betting J.Lo’s lawyers made for DAMN. SURE. that she would be the only female on the panel.

  • rileykali

    Yeah I thought that was the most interesting part. It sounded like that was one of the reasons she wasn’t that into the job.

  • Bugme Nomor

    Sounds like the “nice dangling monetary moment” may have been Idol upping their offer to get her to agree to the 4-person panel.

  • nycguy

    I don’t understand this whole must be the only woman thing. Can two women not get along on the same panel? X-Factor has three women.

  • rileykali

    I love Angie and it’s great to see that she’s stayed around for so long. She’s been on hot 97 for as long as I can remember. It’s nice to see a female DJ have that kind of longevity. Also I kind of like Mariah. She’s totally open about all her over the top antics and has fun with it.

  • No Thanks

    I guess it depends on the person. Mariah is such a diva that is probably what she wanted. Same with JLo. But maybe Kelly Rowland and Demi Lovato are more “girl power supportive” types.

  • Tinawina

    That was the most interesting part to me too. Not that we didn’t already know that goes on. But still.

  • Montavilla

    I keep remembering when Nicki guested on Idol in Season 11. She told Ryan she’d love to be a guest judge and then asked JLo (live) if she could join her on the panel.

    And JLo replied, “I don’t think there’s room enough for both our asses behind this table.” Which is very funny, and completely an Oh-No-You-Di’n’t moment.

  • pj

    I actually like Mariah better than Nicki, but her song is called “The Art of Letting Go.” Heh. Guess she’s not taking her own advice.

    ETA: Can’t watch the video right now, so I’m basing the above on the description.

  • Sassycatz

    What’s “political reasons?” Is she talking about the plan to absolutely, positively guarantee a female winner so any male with a smidgeon of sex appeal (and a guitar) wasn’t going to get through?

  • The RON

    Mariah brought NOTHING to the panel last season… just long winded ramblings.

  • No Thanks

    I’m sure that was the plan for LAST season, but they have a plan in place for every season. Every year they decide what they’re looking for, what balance of contestants they want and they look for people to fill those slots.

  • Amy Beth

    I wonder if she meant at the early stages, like whether to send someone to Hollywood or farther into the process when they made the cuts of who would go to the live shows.

  • Montavilla

    It’s a very ambiguous phrase. It’s hard to even guess what she means without a few specifics.

  • b_james

    Nicki + no good guy contestants = a big fat fail. I really believe having just Mariah and good guys wouldn’t have given the show nearly the disastrous season it had last year.

  • Montavilla

    They had a few very good guys this year. I can think of three really good male singers in the Top Ten.

  • Larc

    That’s a serious flaw in Idol, IMO. I think the show would be much better if they selected the best talents, got the best performances possible from all of them in the finals and then let the chips fall where they may. Too much micromanaging tends to make things worse, not better.

  • koshka

    So… no christmas card exchange this year, eh?

  • koshka

    Mariah is a big girl, a professional and is responsible for her own successes and failures. Its no one’s fault but her own.

  • Sassycatz

    Well, I think *just* focusing on talent is not advisable. Of course, that should be the primary factor, but they should also look for diversity and I don’t necessarily mean in race and ethnicity, but in musical genres, in the ability to play an instrument on stage (of any type) or not, of age, of experience, etc. The most successful seasons had an all around diversity going for them — something for everyone.

  • No Thanks

    I’ve always thought Season 5 was the best in regards to the diversity of the finalists. I didn’t have a favorite but I thoroughly enjoyed the season and the personalities.

  • crackinthewall

    Which is true figuratively and literally. Nicki is a very polarizing person and it’s either you love her or hate her.

  • Sassycatz

    How come every time I read the headline to this thread, I hear Dana Carvey in my head.

  • justmefornow

    Isn’t that special ;)

  • Goodvibes27

    Personally I thought Mariah was a big wash as a judge. Very neutral and dull. Whereas Nicki at least had some memorable moments.

  • ladymctech

    Many people go to work and encounter a Satan-like character every day of the week, week of the year, for a heck of a lot less money. I cannot feel sorry for Mariah.

  • Emmuzka

    This makes me ask again what on earth were the producers thinking. They obviously thought that a rivalry would bring out good drama and entertaining cattiness, but Idol is supposed to be very positive show. Didn’t they sense the negativity that came to ruin the panel?

  • Emmuzka

    “Political reasons?”
    I’m guessing that it means their policy to choose so diverse group that it eats away positions. They have 12-24 spots, and they want
    – white people, black people, hispanic people, etc.
    – in both genders if possible
    – both young and older
    – those with plain and those with gorgeous appearances, for all kind of viewers to relate to
    – different religious backgrounds
    – from different parts of USA
    – Presenting different music genres.

    See the problem? What if you’ll have ten pretty, super talented and young disco divas from L.A? Only one gets in, because the latino lover needs a slot, whether or not he is good.

  • DragonFly

    Funny stuff right there (Dana Carvey references)

    plus “& So…no christmas card exchange this year, eh?” from koshka