Mariah Carey has branded her time on Fox's “American Idol” the “worst experience” of her life. The music superstar didn’t hold back her feelings on the talent show during an interview with an Australian radio program.
In an interview with KIIS-FM’s “Kyle & Jackie O Show," Carey told Australian listeners what she really thought of the show. She was a judge in “American Idol” in 2013, alongside Keith Urban, Randy Jackson and Nicki Minaj.
“Hell no! Absolutely not! That was the worst experience of my life!” the multi-award-winning diva said when asked if she would want to return to “Idol” for its last season. She added the producers most likely intended for the judges to have a bad experience when they created drama between the judges instead of making the show about the contestants.
Carey did not mention fellow Season 12 judge Minaj by name, but she claimed the producers pitted two females against each other to create a feud. Season 12 was dominated by Carey and Minaj’s bickering. Both judges left after the season.
The bashing did not stop there. The “Infinity” songstress also described the show as “boring and fake.” She further explained that they were told to “make up things to say about people” even though she usually did not feel like elaborating during her critique of the contestants.
The Australian radio interview was not the first time Carey declared frustration with "Idol." In an interview with Hot 97 radio in 2013, she likened her “Idol” experience to “going to work every day in hell with Satan.”
Carey called in from the U.S. to promote her new single “Infinity,” the lead single from her third compilation album, “#1 To Infinity.” Her Las Vegas residency at the Caesar’s Palace hotel began May 6 and will conclude in February 2016.
“American Idol” will air its 15th and last season beginning in January. Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. will return as judges, while Ryan Seacrest will return as host.