Mariah Carey advises Lionel Richie against Idol gig

He's said to be one of the odds on favorites to join Katy Perry on the judging panel for American Idol's 2018 reboot.

But Lionel Richie's touring partner Mariah Carey has a few words of wisdom for the co-headliner of her All The Hits tour: 'Don't do it.'

The diva, who served as a judge alongside Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson on season 12 of the show in 2013, gave that response when asked about his rumored upcoming gig by Entertainment Tonight. 

Warning: Mariah Carey has jokingly advised her touring partner Lionel Richie against joining the judging panel for American Idol in a new interview

Warning: Mariah Carey has jokingly advised her touring partner Lionel Richie against joining the judging panel for American Idol in a new interview

'No, I'm only kidding. If he wants to do it, that'll be great. I think he would be really good at it,' she added.  

Explaining her initial comment, which was meant in jest, she said 'Yeah, they just were trying to foil me when I went on there. So, you know, that's the only reason why I say that.'

It has been reported Lionel and singer Charlie Puth are wanted as the judges alongside Katy Perry, who is being paid $25 million for the reboot. 

Shake It Off: The diva and co-judge Nicki Minaj appeared to clash during their 2013 stint on the series, which will return to ABC next year

Shake It Off: The diva and co-judge Nicki Minaj appeared to clash during their 2013 stint on the series, which will return to ABC next year

'She'll be good too. They both will be good,' Carey told ET of Perry. 

The ladies met backstage at one of Carey's 2015 shows as part of her #1 To Infinity gigs at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.  

Mariah has not hidden her disdain for her time on the

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