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Harry Connick Jr. to Mariah Carey: 'American Idol' is "heaven" to me, not "hell"

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/15/2013 

Harry Connick Jr., who will serve as a new judge on American Idol's upcoming thirteenth season, apparently has the opposite perspective on the reality singing competition than former judge Mariah Carey, who said she "hated" her experience and it was like working "every day in hell with Satan."

Connick Jr. has had a taste of what it's like to be a part of Idol since callback auditions began in early September, and he's apparently loving the gig with fellow judges Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban. While Carey hated on the job, Connick Jr. is refuting her statements and backing the show 100%.

"Hey @MariahCarey - must've been hard to judge in hell...  @AmericanIdol XIII is heaven!  @JLo @KeithUrban @RyanSeacrest @YO_RANDYJACKSON," Connick Jr. tweeted Thursday, one day after Carey made her comments in an interview with New York's HOT 97 radio station.

Connick Jr. clearly tagged Lopez, Urban, host Ryan Seacrest, and new in-house mentor Randy Jackson in his post.

When Carey said she had a negative experience on American Idol, she was seemingly referring to working alongside former judge Nicki Minaj. Carey told the radio station she was led to believe she would be the only female judge on a three-person judging panel for Idol's twelfth season, but instead, Minaj came onboard and the pair feuded basically all season. Urban and Jackson were the male judges last season.

"When @MariahCarey spoke of "satan" she wasn't referring to @NICKIMINAJ.  it was @KeithUrban.  he's hot and plays the hell out of the guitar," Connick Jr. tweeted.

"Btw, i LOVE @MariahCarey !!!  no hate for that sweet lady - i just feel bad that she didn't have what we have - the best @AmericanIdol ever!"

Fox formally announced Lopez, Connick Jr. and Urban would be serving as American Idol's thirteenth-season judges in early September.

Connick Jr. previously served as a mentor to Idol contestants and had been in the running to be a member of the tenth-season judging panel following Simon Cowell's departure. However, at the time, Connick Jr. had said he wasn't sure he'd make a good judge.

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