Mariah Carey on ‘American Idol’: ‘It Was Like Going to Work in Hell with Satan’

Mariah Carey

Now that the cameras have stopped rolling, Mariah Carey is getting real about her “American Idol” experience, and she doesn’t have the nicest things to say.

The pop diva sat down with Angie Martinez on Hot 97 earlier this week. Between sips of sparkling cider, she dished about her role as a judge on Fox’s singing competition.

“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.”

During the interview, she also revealed that she doesn’t like when Nick Cannon calls himself Mr. Carey. “He uses it for his comedy act, Mr. Showbiz. I hate it when I look at it on TV. I was like, ‘Was that necessary?’”

Nick has been candid about their relationship, but she wishes he would tone it down a little. “I look at certain relationships in the public eye and I go, ‘See that’s class when you don’t need to talk about the relationship that much,’” she said. “I would prefer he silencio just a little bit.”

Mariah is hoping to release her album The Art of Letting Go in February to coincide with Valentine’s Day. In addition to the title track, which made its debut this week, her twins Monroe and Moroccan are featured on a song.

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42 Comments

  1. jaywillTM

    She tried it…

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    PettyLittleMariah Reply:

    @jaywillTM, she really did. She knew if she mentioned Nicki Minaj, she would make headlines. So sadly, she’s actually using Nicki Minaj to get publicity to promote her new single. This is actually sad. You been in this industry for this many years and need to use someone new to get publicity.

    I actually feel really bad for Mariah. petty petty petty.

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  2. Andy

    read the entire blog before commenting. She clearly doesn’t like Nicki but she took back the “satan” commentary. But… was it necessary Mariah? Smh… bad things happen to bad people. Expect your album to flop -_-

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    janice Reply:

    @Andy, I’m very glad she spoke out. American girls need to stand together against these foreign haters who want so desperately to take over our music industry eventhough they have no talent. They think they can hate our best and brightest off the stage, and with no competition the public will have to listen to them. Yes, that is their very sick mentality.

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    Nicki Minaj Reply:

    @janice, Beyoncé is Queen. F-ck this b-tch.

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  3. Whatcha_Sayin

    “Nick has been candid about their relationship, but she wishes he would tone it down a little. “I look at certain relationships in the public eye and I go, ‘See that’s class when you don’t need to talk about the relationship that much,’” she said. “I would prefer he silencio just a little bit.””

    Eurgh, I very much agree. He is so cringeworthy sometimes.

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  4. Ritzle

    STANK ASS BITCH!

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  5. PotSniff

    Delusional cunt! She married a less talented Wayne Brady. Did you know there was a less talented Wayne Brady?

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    Ant Reply:

    @PotSniff, Oh, you mean a loyal husband and father to her children who actually has about 21 different jobs and racks in millions each year? Yeah, really dumb decision marrying a low life like that, Mariah! LOL idiot.

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    PotSniff Reply:

    @Ant, and I thought barbs were the worst. *sigh*

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    K Reply:

    @Ant,loyal husband my @ss,you meant her biggest stan.

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  6. Realistically

    Here come the mindless drones … I mean, Barbs – here to protect, serve, and defend their perfect and faultless idol.

    *slow, long eyeroll*

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    PotSniff Reply:

    @Realistically, Nicki can eat a dick too

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    Andy Reply:

    @Realistically, You called? I see that’s the only thing all you Lames, I mean, Lambs can say now that your idol flopped so hard :’(

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  7. Wave

    Wow ok. She didn’t say anything bad bout Minaj, so why are you starting?

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    K Reply:

    @Wave,you can’t be this naive.

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  8. neo

    Mariah was probably annoyed at the producers, not really Nicki.

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  9. Chunkz

    Lol, for real though. Remember those crocodile tears she acted out for Whitney at the BET Awards smh

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  10. Ant

    If you actually listen to the interview you can tell she’s more-so referring to the politics of reality TV and what the show ultimately turned into. Nicki’s name isn’t even mentioned by Mariah or Angie Martinez……but of course I’m sure the insane Barbs will jump alllll over this one lol

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    Bobbins Reply:

    @Ant, ain’t nobody got time to listen to her whack ass sing let alone talk. Nicki’s bunk too. Shoutout to Angie tho ;-)

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    @dirtypeaches Reply:

    @Ant, Exactly. Queen Mariah is perched and focused on her legacy-protecting album while Nicki is a clown who’s running out of pop gimmicks.

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    Mixin Reply:

    @@dirtypeaches, Legacy? She left that in the 90s. Lol, 1 well received album since 97. That’s why she mixes it up w/Nicki bc they’re on the same level musically. Both are pop novelties that lack transcendence

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    Andy Reply:

    @Ant, but when Mariah said all that lies y’all give her the okay pass smh hypocrites

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  11. NicKEN

    I L O V E how the word Barb or Nicki is in almost every comment posted.

    Keep it up

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    Barb buckin Reply:

    @NicKEN, I’ll keep it up. NICKI is a sellout and her ridiculous BARBS are only good for steady…well you know. Anyways, she’s a beast on the mic when she wants to be which is not too often. I guess ‘Monster’ will be the legacy of what she could’ve been

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    Andy Reply:

    @Barb buckin, keep dreaming. Sellout shows, albums, clothes, perfumes and songs.

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    Trank Reply:

    @Andy, I think you proved his point. She’s a sellout. I don’t remember perfume being the credo of great MCs. She’s a pop star not a meaningful hip hop presence. Good for her though. She’s successful so that’s not a knock just the truth. Nobody’s gonna be bumpin Biggie, Em, Pac, Jigga, Ye, etc. and then put on some Nicki

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    Andy Reply:

    @Trank, and I believe you are wrong. The word “sellout” really irks me. Nobody was mentioning her skills but since you insist I’ll tell you a tip: you are no near to be as talented as Ms. Minaj so I don’t see how you can call her “not a meaningful hip hop presence.” The urban community and professional music critics KNOW that she is one of the greatest rappers of our time. I have to remind you -EVERY TIME I DISCUSS WITH IGNORANTS- which featured artist received big airplay this year in urban radios? SMH

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    Simms J. Reply:

    @Andy, geez kid u need 2 get a grip. The guy above u wasn’t even insulting her. Just stating the obvious. Ppl are allowed to have opinions other than, “OMG OMG NICKI’S SO GREAT OMG!” She’s a pop star with urban appeal not the other way around. No credible critic thinks she’s the MC of her era. Leave that to Kendrick, Drake and whoever else isn’t strictly pulling for radio play and guest features. Imagine Jigga or Nas using their lead single to exclaim, “Let’s go to the beach, each” HA – She’s Katy Perry that CAN rap but doesn’t showcase it. Go ahead and tout her features. I’ll listen when she puts out a great RAP ALBUM. Now go and overreact to that lol. Tell me how she’s soooo great and true to hip hop. PEACE BITCH

    Andy Reply:

    @Simms J., Oh no… another ignorant… They should pay me for educate this dummies. Well let’s begin:

    So what if he wasn’t insulting her at all? All he said are lies. If he could come with a good example about how Nicki isn’t talented or is not considered “urban” please come and tell me, ‘cuz I have a sh!tload of facts that say the contrary.

    She’s a talented female rapper and singer with charisma and sex appeal. “No credible critic” that was funny. Can I ask who you are? I’ll tell you, a nobody. There are a lot of professional music critics (I already said it, can’t you read properly?) that know she has talent and that is why they hate when she releases mediocre verses. Even hip hop heads know it, oh but you aren’t one I see. She is, indeed, the best femmecee.

    “isn’t strictly pulling for radio play and guest features” oh boy… the imbecility… she doesn’t have a recent album to promote. Can you be less dumb or am I asking too much?

    You think all you have to do is sing “Starships were meant to fly” in a poppy beat and show your massive azz to sell millions and top charts? Delusional. And please, that was more than a year ago. It’s so pathetic that you still bring that song while she has more than 250 verses.

    “I’ll listen when she puts out a great RAP ALBUM.” Pink Friday. And Jay-Z, Kanye and Eminem released average albums this year but you make the blind eye I suppose. Hypocrite.

    Did you liked my overreaction? I don’t expect a good comeback lol, not from someone as ignorant as you. I expect “lol get a life” or “stfo 12 y/o”. Hopefully someone with brain will understand the facts I just said. Have a nice day :)

  12. Annoyed

    I am only here because I search out news on what Nicki is up to. I would think that Mariah would be able to move on from getting paid 18 million to display no personality on American Idol last season. The most inarticulate and boring judge I could imagine with a music pedigree. Now, she is still trying to get shine off of Nicki’s name.

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  13. Drama

    For all you hating ass hoes that keep saying nicki is a sellout, you’re just Sad and more than likely just discriminating againts her becsuse she’s a woman. Nelly can come out with “hey porche”… But where is the outrage?.. Then we got Kanye who sound like Zapp and Roger.. Where is the outrage? The fact of the matter is it’s almost 2014 and artist are allowed to do whatever they want. If nicki wants to do rap/R&B/Pop that’s her decision, because she’s not putting herself in a bubble of what she should be, nor should any other artist. It’s not her fault that they aren’t any other popular female rappers left to take the attention off her ….. It’s like damn this bitch blink and you guys are right there ready to criticize.

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    Bee Reply:

    @Drama, from what I read I don’t think ppl are criticizing her for selling out. Some ppl made the point that she sold out and then some barbs got pissed and tried to say she didn’t and that she’s the voice of hip hop or whatever. She wants to do pop music and that’s great. More power to her no one is hating on that. Also Nelly hasn’t been relevant for a decade and is also a complete sell out. I wouldn’t say Kanye is though. He’s making music that intentionally doesn’t appeal to a mass audience like his first couple albums. Dope music though

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    Andy Reply:

    @Bee, The true is people hate on her for whatever the hell reason (opinions, trolling, sad life, jealousy, pick one) and Team Minaj come in defense of her, since Nicki herself can be defending herself. Some people even insult the fanbase in the way, which is really pathetic. At the end of the day, its all a matter of own taste. They can criticize her, even I do it a lot of times. But some critics soon turn into insults addressed to she and her fans. That’s what I can’t stand. Calling someone a sell out is pitiful. People tend to call artists like that as soon as they are successfully.

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    BadBitch Syndrome Reply:

    @Andy, I respect nicki cuz she is doing what she said she was gonna do. Said she was gonna do pop, be the first female rapper turned mogul, revive female rap.

    She doesn’t get respect because she demands it so much. ( but she has a right to) She has broken records, platinum album(s). Of course she has a long way to go but can she get respect for the things she has done.

    There wouldn’t be no iggy, no banks, no haze, without Nicki. Eve wasn’t worried about music, she was overseas with her rich bf, Kim keeps postponing her music, Trina can’t rap about nothing but her pussy, diamond needs better bars, and none of them have any business sense to start an empire.

    No legend was trying to help young female rappers come up. Nicki took over and now reigns

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    Nicki Minaj Reply:

    @BadBitch Syndrome, I salute you.

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    Andy Reply:

    @BadBitch Syndrome, I don’t think she demands respect “so much” but she, indeed, demands it. Is something I don’t really like but oh well…

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  14. Kim is Queen Bee

    You people calling Nicki a sell-out weren’t probably buying her records anyway. At the end of the day, Nicki is a businesswoman… and you have to respect. She earned more fans by “selling out” than by keeping it real for folks like you who don’t even buy her sh*t.

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  15. Nicki Minaj

    Sell- out or not the journey isn’t over yet. There’s more than needs to be done. See you in 2014.

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  16. nicko

    *spits on Mooriah Calories* *sips Myx*

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  17. Nicki, Nicki, Nicki

    Meanwhile Nicki is featured on alomst every song out on the radio right now from Clappers to Chris Brown’s “Love More” and her verse is usually the highlight. I don’t care for all the extra antics Nicki pulls at times that come off gimmicky but the girl is talented & she getting checks. Don’t knock her hustle.

    Mariah should have been mad at tAI production who promised she’d be the only female judge (like J.Lo) on the panel, but instead she took it out on Nicki. She was getting paid 18 mil to just sit & judge talent. There are people that make minimum wage and have to work with someone they can’t stand. Mariah should have kept it classy like a seasoned vet. All the eye rolling & shade was unnecessary all season long on AI.

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  18. QUEEN LEGEND MARIAH > YOUR FLOP FAVES

    MARIAH DIDN’T EVEN MENTION HER NAME ooop

    Also, THIS IS THE FIRST time Mariah has been talking about Idol whereas Nicki has been talking about MARIAH in million interviews

    Mariah remains UNBOTHERED and still more SUCCESSFUL AND RELEVANT than ONIKA.

    How much did PF:RR even sell? FLOPPP

    Watch Onika’s next album FLOP even harder! LMAOOO

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