After signing a contract for a reported $18 million to do American Idol, Mariah Carey probably thought it was going to be easy-breezy work; team up with her old friend Randy Jackson and give contestants some good advice for money. What could go wrong? But psych your mind and make your booty shine, it was actually all kinds of drama, every damn week, that was hard to watch. Carey bumped heads often with Nicki Minaj, and in all honesty, she didn’t have the right kind of charisma to be entertaining or to give the type of advice you thought she would (there was just a lot of glitter throwing really…). She’s since moved on from the show after one season (as has Minaj, while Keith Urban is the last man standing), and released new music in “The Art of Letting Go.” To promote that, Carey sat down at HOT 97 with Angie Martinez to talk about those Idol days, which she said was like working with Satan (is she talking about Nicki!?), marriage and more. Here’s the tea (or sparkling cider, which is what they were drinking during her interview):
On Still Being Insecure About Her Beauty
“I’m only judgmental of myself, I don’t judge anybody else. It’s called insecurity. I’m trying to lose it, we’re working on it [laughs]. It’s just that when you grow up a certain way and you just feel like different and whatever from everybody else, you just have it.”
“That’s over. No. Honestly, I hated it. I was led to believe I was the first person signed on…Honestly, I thought it was gonna be a three-person panel. They gave me a nice dangling 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. This isn’t a big deal, this will be nothing.’ But it wasn’t like that. It was like going to work every day in hell with Satan. [laughs] Naw, I’m just playing. It didn’t affect me that much. I was just disappointed. I loved the contestants and some of them were so good and also really good people, you could tell, it was disappointing when they would, for political reasons, not put people through. It was like, ‘I don’t have to sit here and do this, I would prefer to just put this person in the studio and record a record with them or tell another producer, you should produce this artist, they’re beautiful, they can sing, they’re talented,’ you know? But that’s the way it is on that kind of TV thing.”
On Her Man Nick Calling Himself Mr. Carey And Talking About Their Marriage:
“He provokes that. He uses it for his comedy act, Mr. Showbiz. I hate it when I look at it on TV and we’re watching it together. I’m like, ‘Was that necessary?’ In his world in the world of comedy he can have license to say things he wants to say. But if it goes too far that doesn’t mean I won’t say ‘Check please. Can we have a discussion about this cause I didn’t care for it…’
I look at certain relationships in the public eye and I go, ‘See that’s class when you don’t need to talk about the relationship that much. I would prefer he silencio just a little bit [laughs].”
Very interesting, especially her breaking down her disappointment in doing Idol. Check out her interview with Angie Martinez below, and the Idol talk begins at the 10-minute mark if you don’t have the 16 minutes to spare.