Mariah Carey: My time on "American Idol" was hell

Mariah Carey: My time on

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PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 08: (L-R) Judges Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj of "American Idol" speak onstage during the FOX portion of the 2013 Winter TCA Tour at Langham Hotel on January 8, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)


by CBS News

Posted on November 15, 2013 at 11:58 AM

In case you were wondering, Mariah Carey didn't like being a judge on "American Idol." And that's putting it mildly. The pop songstress has likened her time on the show to working with Satan.

In an interview with New York radio station Hot 97, Carey said, "Honestly, I hated it."

Carey sat on the judges' panel earlier this year, alongside Randy Jackson, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj. Even before the season launched, there were reports that Carey and Minaj were not getting along -- and their animosity towards each other played out as the season wore on.

"I was led to believe -- I was the first person signed on," Carey told the radio station. "Heaven forbid I look like I'm saying something negative, but honestly I thought it was going to be a three-person panel. They gave me a nice dangling monetary moment. I was just like, 'OK, Randy Jackson will be there, I've known him forever. He used to play bass for me. This isn't a big deal. This will be nothing. But it wasn't that. It was like hell. It was like going to work every day in hell with Satan."

Carey said the whole thing was "disappointing." There were some bright points for Carey though, who said she loved the contestants - some of whom, she pointed out - were really nice. But she didn't love the politics of the show, saying, "It was disappointing when they would -- for political reasons -- not put [contestants] through. And I'm like, I'm not going to sit here and do this. I would prefer to put this person in a studio and record a record with them."

In May, Carey announced that she would not be returning to "American Idol" next season. She would instead be focusing on her music.

She stayed true to her word. Carey recently released her new single, "The Art of Letting Go." The song is expected to appear on Carey's upcoming studio album.

Check out Carey's interview below: