american idol season 13 judges harry connick jr keith urban jennifer lopez 'American Idol's' Harry Connick Jr. responds to Mariah Carey's 'hell' commentsFormer “American Idol” judge Mariah Carey made headlines this week for some comments she made in a radio interview, likening her gig on “Idol” — which she admits she was paid handsomely for — to working in “hell” every day with “Satan.”

Current “Idol” judge Harry Connick Jr. has responded to her comments on Twitter, writing:

  • 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.
  • hey @MariahCarey – must’ve been hard to judge in hell… @AmericanIdol XIII is heaven! @JLo @KeithUrban @RyanSeacrest @YO_RANDYJACKSON
  • 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!

We have a feeling Connick Jr. is speaking the absolute trust — we adore the judges panel this year and think they are going to do a fantastic job. But is it too late for “Idol”? Or will the ratings bounce back in the face of better judges?

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."