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American Idol: Kara DioGuardi & Simon Cowell Get Along ‘Splendidly’

April 23, 2010 01:00 PM by Nancy Floyd


One pair that is definitely not feuding on American Idol is judges Simon Cowell and Kara DioGuardi. According to DioGuardi, the two are getting along splendidly this season. Keep reading for more details about what DioGuardi thinks about Cowell and how much she respects him…

There never seems to be a shortage of fight rumors on the set of American Idol. There was the alleged jealousy between Kara DioGuardi and Paula Abdul, followed by the supposed power struggle of Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres, and now the betrayal between Crystal Bowersox and Ryan Seacrest. One pair that is reportedly among the few actually getting along: judges Simon Cowell and Kara DioGuardi. DioGuardi opens up about her relationship with Cowell and how they two have found a way to get along ‘splendidly.’

Despite being in her second season of American Idol, “a lot of people still ask, ‘Who is that girl sitting next to Ellen and Simon?,’” Kara DioGuardi says. “It surprises me when Simon agrees with me. [I think to myself] ‘Is something wrong? Is someone paying you?’ [And then I realize] ‘Oh you already have enough money.’”

DioGuardi says that this season on American Idol, there is nothing but love between her and the acerbic judge. “We’ve been getting along splendidly. I have mad respect for Simon. I kind of look up to him. He’s a bit older than me … way older than me — like 30 years!” she jokes.

Regardless of the quality of her relationships on the show, DioGuardi is grateful for the opportunity to be on American Idol.  “Being on Idol changed my thinking. Being around [the other judges] really inspires me. I feel like the sky is the limit. I am just a songwriter who is lucky enough to be on American Idol,” she says.

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