Although Mariah Carey only lasted one season on American Idol, most of which she spent butting heads with fellow judge Nicki Minaj, she has some good insight into the duties involved in judging contestants on the competition. And with a reboot firmly in the works, the show is looking for its celebrity judges and reportedly courting Carey鈥檚 current tour mate, legend Lionel Richie, to join already-confirmed judge Katy Perry. But Carey鈥檚 advice to her friend could keep him from signing on the dotted line.

Mariah Carey on American Idol reboot

Speaking with Entertainment Tonight about rumors that Richie is on the short list to be a judge, Carey joked, 鈥淚 would say, don鈥檛 do it.鈥 She quickly clarified, 鈥淣o, I鈥檓 only kidding. If he wants to do it, that鈥檒l be great. I think he would be really good at it.鈥

When asked about confirmed judge Perry, the five-time Grammy winner was optimistic, saying, 鈥淪he鈥檒l be good too. They both will be good.鈥

Don鈥檛 expect Carey to return, though. After her season 12 stint with Minaj, she famously called her time on the show the 鈥worst experience鈥 of her life and said producers 鈥減itting two females against each other wasn鈥檛 cool. It should have been about the contestants instead of about some non-existent feud that turned into even more ridiculousness.鈥 She also blamed producers for making it 鈥渂oring and fake.鈥

鈥淵eah, they just were trying to foil me when I went on there, so, you know, that鈥檚 the only reason why I say that [to Richie],鈥 she told Entertainment Tonight.

鈥淵ou have to make up things to say about people,鈥 she continued. 鈥淗alf the time if the performances were good, you just want to say it鈥檚 good.鈥

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