'Don't Stop (Funkin' 4 Jamaica)' hitmaker Mariah Carey talked to Ryan Seacrest about American Idol and her upcoming album.

"I’m just learning," she said. "I don’t consider myself a judge, I consider myself as someone who is trying to give con­struct­ive criticism and guidance."

Sounds like that will be riveting.

She continued: "I think it’s a really, really great oppor­tun­ity for people out there who don’t neces­sar­ily have the money to make their own demo or to go to a record company and stuff like that. I have a totally new respect for the whole thing.”

On her album, she reflected, "I want to go sooner, but I guess it wouldn’t be ready until around January, somewhere around there. I wanted to put another single out, a ballad. I love it, but I’m still writing, I’m still working."

The comeback is clearly on the right track.