AceShowbiz - Queen of Shades Mariah Carey is back. The pop star stopped by "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Wednesday, June 6 to talk about her Las Vegas residency called "The Butterfly Returns" and spill the tea about her unpleasant "American Idol" experience.
Host Jimmy Kimmel first asked the diva about the rumors of her telling friend and former tour mate Lionel Richie not to accept the judging gig on the rebooted show. "Is it true you told him not to do 'American Idol' when he was thinking about whether or not he should judge it?" Jimmy asked.
With a sassy grin, the diva responded, "If I didn't, I should have," prompting a laughter from the audience. "I'm sorry," she added, "Is he doing it? Is it going well for him? I don't watch."
Before Jimmy started promoting her show, Mariah interrupted to clarify her previous remarks about Lionel. "I wasn't saying that Lionel wouldn't be a great judge; I was just saying I didn't have the world's best experience on that [show]." Jimmy assured her that people would understand what she meant, but Mimi insisted to clarify "because people tend to interpret things."
With that, Jimmy tried to get Mimi to dish more dirts about her experience as a judge on the singing competition show. "What was the worst part about being a judge on 'American Idol'?" he asked.
"I'll tell you the best part was some of the memes that we got," Carey answered. "It was bleak, though. It was a bleak experience. We don't have to go back there, but there were some good hairstyles and stuff like that."
She continued, "We'll stick to the positives -- my hairstyles were good," before adding in a sarcastic tone, "I mean, everybody else's were great, too. Yay."
Mariah served as a judge on "American Idol" back in 2013 alongside country star Keith Urban, rapper Nicki Minaj and music producer Randy Jackson. She left after one season though, allegedly due to clashes with her co-stars.