Harry Connick Jr. to Mariah Carey: ‘American Idol’ Is Heaven Now

The new Season 13 judge responds to the pop singer calling her experience “hell”

Last Updated: July 10, 2014 @ 8:10 PM

Salt in wound much, Harry Connick Jr.?

The new “American Idol” judge is apparently having a very different experience on the Fox competition than Mariah Carey did last season. And he’s not afraid to tell her just how good he has it.

“@MariahCarey – Must’ve been hard to judge in hell,” he wrote the pop singer on Twitter. “Idol XIII: Welcome to heaven!”

See video: Mariah Carey Compares ‘American Idol’ With Nicki Minaj to Working ‘in Hell With Satan’

The tweet was in response to statements she said during an interview about her season on the series.

“Honestly, I hated it,” Carey said. “It was like going to work everyday in hell with Satan.”

Carey’s experience alongside fellow judge Nicki Minaj are well documented and caught on tape… when their screaming match during auditions was leaked online.

Oh, and then there’s that foiled plot where “Idol” producers allegedly tried to replace her midseason with Jennifer Lopez. Poor thing.

Also read: ‘It Takes a Choir’s’ Gareth Malone: ‘American Idol-Type’ Shows Create ‘Negative Associations With Singing’

All that is a far cry from the first video released from Season 13, which captures Connick and returning judges Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban getting along, well, famously.

To his credit, Connick followed up the above tweet with an explanation:

“American Idol” Season 13 debuts over two nights on Wednesday, Jan. 15 and Thursday, Jan. 16 at 8/7c on Fox.


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