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American Idol: Kara DioGuardi Says Bikini Striptease Saved Her Job

March 15, 2010 07:17 AM by Nancy Floyd


Despite her years of songwriting success in the music industry, American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi thinks she owes her job to her bikini bod. Fans of the FOX singing competition were shocked during last year’s season finale when Kara DioGuardi stripped down to a teeny tiny bikini after dueting with a notorious Idol hopeful dubbed Bikini Girl. Now the American Idol judge is speaking out about the performance saying that it probably saved her career…

Kara DioGuardi had just completed her first year as a fourth judge on American Idol when she shocked viewers with a rousing duet and a quickie striptease. After critiquing a contestant dubbed Bikini Girl earlier in the season, the 38-year old American Idol judge joined Bikini Girl onstage during the season finale and sang a duet of Mariah Carey’s “Vision of Love.” After showing off her relatively impressive vocal range, Kara DioGuardi ripped open her black dress to show off her sexy bikini body.

It was an unusual move, but the American Idol says it was a turning point in her career. ”It probably saved my job,” she says of the stunt. “It was a defining moment. Like, ‘She’s serious and industry, but also as kooky as everyone else on this panel.’” Despite the fact that it was a game-changing play for Kara DioGuardi, it was no small feat for the producers to actually get her to agree to the stunt.

“I kept saying no,” she tells Women’s Health magazine. “I mean, what crazy nut is gonna go out there in a bikini at almost 40 years of age against a girl who is 20 and probably cosmetically enhanced?” Despite her initial reservations, fans of American Idol know that Kara DioGuardi finally agreed to the idea and now she’s looking at the upside. ”I looked a little pasty. But hey, at least I didn’t wet myself!”

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