Mariah Carey's Advice to Lionel Richie on 'American Idol': 'Don't Do It'
“I would say, don’t do it,” Carey told Entertainment Tonight on Monday, July 31. “No, I’m only kidding. If he wants to do it, that’ll be great. I think he would be really good at it.”
“Yeah, they just were trying to foil me when I went on there,” Carey told ET of her time as a judge during the 2013 season of the singing competition show. “So, you know, that’s the only reason why I say that [to Richie].” The pop star and “All Night Long” singer, 64, are currently headlining their All The Hits tour, which performed in Los Angeles Monday night.
Carey called her one-season stint on Idol, where she feuded with fellow judge Nicki Minaj, “the worst experience of my life” during a 2015 Australian radio interview. “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,” the singer revealed. “It should’ve been about the contestants instead of about some nonexistent feud that turned into even more ridiculousness.”
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