Mariah Carey on How ‘American Idol’ Got It Wrong

Feb 13, 2014  •  Post A Comment

Mariah Carey dished about her time on "American Idol" during an appearance on a radio program, saying she was given the wrong job on the Fox singing competition, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Idol Worship.

The pop diva also said she was blindsided by the addition of a fourth judge, the story reports. She did not mention singer Nicki Minaj by name, but Minaj was the fourth judge — and the clashes between Minaj and Carey became the stuff of legend.

“What happened was that I was led to believe that I was going to be in a three-panel show, like the traditional way and yet, somehow… well, I won’t get into the legalities,” Carey said during the appearance on the Z100 Morning Zoo radio program.

Carey said she was miscast as a judge on the show. "I should’ve been a mentor on the show and that’s it, she said. "I should’ve been like the Jimmy Iovine — and we love Jimmy. Jimmy did a great job! He’s a little brutal sometimes and I didn’t always agree with his assessments, but yeah! I mean, Jimmy knows what he’s doing; he’s discovered a lot of great talent."

For the show’s current 13th season, "Idol" brought back previous judge Jennifer Lopez to replace Carey and Minaj. Keith Urban returned to the panel and Harry Connick Jr. replaced longtime judge Randy Jackson.

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