09/20/2012 01:40 pm ET

Mariah Carey Calls 'American Idol' Judging An 'Experience'

Mariah Carey is about a week in to judging "American Idol" and she's already describing the judging situation as an "experience."

"You know what, I think the whole thing is gonna be an experience that unfolds each day," Carey told The Hollywood Reporter. "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."

Carey is sitting alongside Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson for "American Idol" Season 12. The "Butterfly" songstress was the first judge announced and as soon as Minaj joined the panel, rumors started swirling about their heated interactions.

However, both Carey and host Ryan Seacrest have been quick to downplay the rumored feud. "I think a feud takes a little longer," Carey told members of the press.

"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," Seacrest said on "Today." "They get along fine, but they're strong and candid in their opinion."

When it comes to the contestants, Carey said she tries to be constructive.

"I don't know if that means that I'm nice or mean or whatever," she told THR. "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."

"American Idol" Season 12 kicks off in early 2013.

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