Mariah Carey warns prospective “American Idol” judge Lionel Richie about joining the show’s reboot

Left: FILE - This July 2, 2016, file photo shows Mariah Carey at the 2016 Essence Festival in New Orleans. Carey and Lionel Richie announced Monday, Dec. 12, they are joining forces for the All The Hits Tour, which kicks off in Baltimore on March 15, 2017. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File) Right: FILE - In this June 28, 2015, file photo, Lionel Richie performs on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury music festival on Worthy Farm, Glastonbury, England. Richie and mariah announced Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, they are joining forces for the All The Hits Tour, which kicks off in Baltimore on March 15, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

As the “American Idol” reboot continues to woo potential judges, one previous judge has some advice for one of the show’s prospects.

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While speaking with Entertainment Tonight on Monday, former judge Mariah Carey shared her thoughts on rumors that Lionel Richie is in the running to be tapped. Carey, who had a tumultuous experience on the show herself, cut straight to the chase.

“I would say, don’t do it,” she said. “No, I’m only kidding. If he wants to do it, that’ll be great. I think he would be really good at it.”

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“Yeah, they just were trying to foil me when I went on there,” she added in regard to the one season during which she sat on the show’s judges panel. “So, you know, that’s the only reason why I say that [to Richie].”

Back in 2015, Carey reminisced on her 2013 season in which she infamously feuded with co-judge Nicki Minaj, calling it the “worst experience of my life.”

“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,” she said. “It should’ve been about the contestants instead of about some nonexistent feud that turned into even more ridiculousness.”

Of the news that Katy Perry would be joining the show as a judge, Carey noted, “She’ll be good too.”

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