Can Mariah Carey help save American Idol? Or will her and fellow new judges Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban bring about its death?
That remains to be seen, but for the time being, the diva is enjoying the run.
"I try to be honest and I try to be constructive," said Carey. "I don't know if that means that I'm nice or mean or whatever. I'm a producer and I'm a songwriter, and I look at myself as a singer as kind of third. But I look at these kids as though we're in the studio producing a record. And if I feel they should have done something a certain way, I'll say, 'you can try this, you can try this,' only in a constructive way, to sort of be a guide and someone to give them guidance rather than, like, judging somebody."
She has found the experience interesting so far. She has been surprised by the diversity in voices she has heard, as well as the amount of untapped talent that exists.
Earlier this week, Idol host Ryan Seacrest addressed the rumors that Carey and Minaj were feuding.
"Nicki and Mariah, two very different, strong, powerful successful women on the panel -- there are not too many dull moments between the two of them. But at the end of the day, we all hug and laugh and go home and get ready for another day," he said.
Carey, when asked about working with Minaj, avoided the question.
"You know what, I think the whole thing is gonna be an experience that unfolds each day. But it's cool, I'm glad to be there, and right now after this, I'm going to the studio and working on some new music and (I'm) excited about that. ... That's always gonna be the most exciting thing for me," she said.