The singer reveals her real thoughts on the show.
For promotional purposes, they were all smiles. But everyone knew Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj didn’t like each other. In spring, both singers announced they won’t be returning for a new season, and they’ve been replaced by Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez. In an interview for Hot 97 radio, Mariah confessed that it wasn’t the best job in the world for her: “Honestly, I hated it. Here’s what it was. I was the first person who signed on… I thought it was going to be a three-person panel. They gave me a nice… monetary moment, and I was just like, ‘Okay, 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. But it wasn’t that. It was like going to work every day in hell with Satan.” Could we go ahead and assume it was Nicki Minaj that conjured all hell for Mariah? Because it would be hard to believe it was Keith Urban… Around the same they announced not returning for season 13, Nicki Minaj took to Twitter to speak her mind about Mariah. And it wasn’t pretty.
However, Mariah made sure it she doesn’t make it sound so bad: “Nah, I’m just playing. It didn’t affect me that much,” she added afterwords. She also mentioned she loved the contestants, many of whom were very talented in her view. Mariah just releases a single, “The Art of Letting Go,” which you can listen to here.