February 14, 2010 12:11 PM by Nancy Floyd
Maxim photo shoot. DioGuardi sits down with the men’s mag to discussÂ Simon Cowell‘s departure from the show, the addition of new judgeÂ Ellen Degeneres, how much she missesÂ Paula Abdul, and the surprising response she got after last season’s striptease…
American Idol judgeÂ Kara DioGuardi certainly seems to be comfortable with her body, as evidenced by a sexy new Maxim photo spread. Posing in a teeny bikini, theÂ American Idol judge dishes on fellow judgesÂ Simon Cowell andÂ Ellen Degeneres during the candid interview.
In the new issue of Maxim on newsstands on February 16th,Â Kara DioGuardi opens up about how she landed her sweet new gig as anÂ American Idol judge. “They were looking for a fourth judge, and they wanted to add someone who was in the industry. Plus, I’m known to be ballsy and outspoken,” she tells the men’s magazine.
When asked about the addition ofÂ Ellen Degeneres (who replacedÂ Paula Abdul this season), DioGuardi says, “I was like, ‘Rock on!’ The thing with Ellen I don’t think everybody understands is that she’s a huge music lover. That’s what you need to be on Idol.” But DioGuardi hasn’t forgotten about Abdul so quickly saying, “During the auditions, yeah, I missed her. She was so nurturing, and I try to have some of that in my critiques.”
When asked about her feelings aboutÂ Simon Cowell‘s impending departure, theÂ American Idol judge gave a more diplomatic answer. “All I can say is the guy can do things not many folks can get away with, and people like when someone is true to himself.” Umm, that doesn’t really tell us what you think about him leaving, Kara.
And lastly, the magazine was curious to know about the response DioGuardi got fromÂ American Idol fans after stripping down to a bikini on last season’s finale. “I got a couple of proposals and thought maybe I’d want to divorce my husband,” she responds with a laugh.
Photos Courtesy of Maxim