Mariah Carey & Ryan Seacrest*“American Idol” has truly left a bad taste in the mouth of Mariah Carey.

The songstress told Angie Martinez she “hated” being on the show.

“Honestly, I hated it,” says Mariah. “I thought it was going to be a three-person panel.”

Well, no need to expound upon that, Nicki Minaj made the fourth judge, and Mariah clearly means “her” when she used the term, “devil” during the interview. But she explains what enticed her in the beginning.

“They gave me a nice dangling monetary moment and I was just like, ‘Okay, Randy Jackson will be there; I’ve known him forever.”

Yet it seems like, other than her issues with Minaj, she was really turned off by the politics of the show; and may have even been a little too sensitive for the whole thing.

“You know what I loved? I loved the contestants,” she says. “Some of them were so good and also really good people, you could tell–it was disappointing when [the judges] would, for political reasons, not put people through.”

Its probably safe to assume that Mariah won’t be sitting in any judges seats any time soon. She made it a point to say, “I like being in the studio better and going on my own tours, etc., so we’re going back to that.”

We hear you, girl. Do YOU!