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Mariah Carey Calls 'American Idol' the Worst Experience of Her Life: 'It's So Boring & So Fake'

Mariah Carey Calls 'American Idol' the Worst Experience of Her Life: 'It's So Boring & So Fake'

Mariah Carey is opening up about her days of judging American Idol and she doesn’t seem to have fond memories of it.

The 45-year-old entertainer called into the Australian radio show The Kyle and Jackie O Show where she didn’t hold back.

When asked if she would ever return to the panel, she said, “Hell no! Absolutely not! That was the worst experience of my life.”

“I don’t think they had any intentions for us to have a good experience doing that show. Pitting two females against each other wasn’t cool,” Mariah said about her and Nicki Minaj. “It should’ve been about the contestants instead of about some nonexistent feud that turned into even more ridiculousness.”

She added, “It’s so boring and so fake.You have to make up things to say about people. Half the time the performances are good. You’d just be like, ‘It was good!’”

Listen to Mariah‘s full interview below!

Mariah Carey Talks American Idol
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  • mouth

    I like her better now. I always hated American idol. the voice is much better, you almost roll your eyes at the praise and love they give their peeps.

  • Violet

    The only thing boring and fake is her. The woman puts out photo shopped pictures wanting people to believe they’re really her. The season she was on American Idol was the worst.

  • Arx

    At least she’s honest unlike most celebs who would’ve said it was an amazing experience.

  • Esoteric11

    Oh Maria, boring and fake is a little too close to home. Shouldn’t you be more concerned about what you did to your children drinking a ton of alcohol while pregnant. Stick to singing. Trash talking celebrities always get bit in the butt

  • JR

    So, she’s trying to implied that the feud was fake ? BS ! That feud was real … The fact is, she never expected to have another female on the panel ! She wanted all the attention on her ! That’s why she will never acknowledge JLO, because she has done things that Mariah has never accomplished ! The only thing is that she got paid a few millions more that JLO when she was on Idol …

  • Marie800

    Mariah has 5 Grammys, 11 AMAs, 14 Billboards, has sold over 200 mil records, has 18 #1 songs and 7 #1 albums. Oh yeah, she also has a five-octave range voice! What has Lopez done? Zero Grammys, zero BBs and can’t sing to save her life.

  • hank

    This chubby pig is going to talk about fake? Then again I guess she would know fake.

  • JR

    Google her b**ch !

  • MIndy O

    “You have to make up things to say about people” is her way of excusing her lousy skills at judging. As a judge she was supposed to critique the contestants and she was terrible at it. She just didn’t care about the contestants and was too spaced out to express herself intelligently. Nikki although not likable was much more intelligent and a better judge. The feud was real I think and it was dumb of them to have two divas as judges. I guessed that the minute I heard that both women would be judges.

  • MIndy O

    JLo is a much better judge and actually tries to do a good job and earn her salary.

  • MIndy O

    I prefer Idol far more than Voice.

  • MIndy O

    She’s not honest. It wasn’t a fake feud and Mariah was a lousy judge and is making excuses. She was paid an enormous amount of money and did a lousy job.

  • tasha

    They BOTH have Twins ! And two ( J.Lo three ) ex husbands.

  • Mrs.K

    She said what everyone is thinking about American Idol these days. The show went downhill the moment Simon Cowell left.

  • Jenny from the flop

    I think she implied that there was no feud before the show and then when they started filming it, the producers tried to create it, and then it started. Mariah was told she would be the only female judge, and I find it pathetic that she acted jealous and childish just because Nikki joined, but they did promise her no other female judge, so she had the right to be angry over it no matter how childish it may seem. They tricked her because they knew she was a diva and would explode if she found out she wasn’t the star of the show.

  • JR

    She forgot to negotiate that in her contract ! Promises are one thing, but in business everything should be on paper !

  • A_Z

    I hate it too

  • The Dude

    She just described .. HERSELF.

  • Pete Peter


  • The Last Word

    Mariah never should have been on Idol. She needs to lay off the booze, dress for her body type and live in reality. Maybe that would help her get her voice back. Shame what she’s become.

  • Sammi

    boring and fake?? oh wait, i thought she was talking about herself, and I was gonna agree

  • jj

    I would call American Idols worst experience Mariah Carey

  • Marie800

    Google? Lol! I know enough about her: no talent in singing or acting, no class, no meaningful awards. Her career was dead when Idol came along in 2010, without Idol she would have been totally forgotten. She is not an artist, just an overrated celebrity

  • Marie800

    Just about the only similarity between them. Mariah is a legend in music and Lopez is talentless

  • Jenny from the flop

    I’m not a fan of her so I’m not trying to defend her :) bad for her for being naive

  • AmICynical?

    Why must she take a dump on anything that requires she work with others?

  • PlayNice

    The whole show is fake. There are countless articles and quotes you can read from prior contestants. The only season that was even remotely real and not staged was the 1st season with Kelly Clarkson.

  • crazyassmom

    Mad because they fired you after one season, are you Mooriah? Haha.