June 08, 2010 09:00 AM by Nancy Floyd
It’s been two weeks since theÂ American Idol, but life is just getting busier for judgeÂ Kara DioGuardi. Working on several new projects, the singer-songwriter takes a break from her hectic summer schedule to talk aboutÂ Simon Cowell‘s replacement, her opinion ofÂ Crystal Bowersox,Â and why she thinksÂ Lee Dewyze won it all…
AlthoughÂ American Idol has concluded, for this season at least, judgeÂ Kara DioGuardi is keeping busy. She’s spending her summer working with new musical artists, writing songs, DJing, and appearing at the country music awards. “All those things are really important because they make me a viable judge atÂ American Idol,Â and to turn your back on my first love, which is songwriting, wouldnâ€™t make any sense,” she says.
Now that she has two seasons ofÂ American Idol under her belt,Â Kara DioGuardi is feeling much more confident moving forward. “At some point in the season, I think I shifted: Boo me, do whatever you want. This is what Iâ€™ve got to do. I think Simon helped me to some degree, because he wasnâ€™t rolling his eyes. There was a point of him saying, All right, maybe this girl knows what sheâ€™s talking about. Because he seemed to agree with me a lot. Which was almost strange at first,” DioGuardi says.
Speaking ofÂ Simon Cowell,Â Kara DioGuardi has no idea who will replace him onÂ American Idol but she definitely has a preference. “Iâ€™ve voiced who I think would be pretty good. They know that I thoughtÂ Harry Connick [Jr.]Â did a really good job. He really helped those contestants and he obviously cared a lot â€“ he sat and did all those arrangements. Heâ€™s funny,Â Ellen [DeGeneres] and Harry are close friends, so that would be a good chemistry,” DioGuardi says.
As for this season ofÂ American Idol,Â Kara DioGuardi was sad to see that her favorite didn’t win, but she understood America’s choice. “I always said I likedÂ Crystal [Bowersox].Â Lee [Dewyze] came out from the shadows and was the underdog,” DioGuardi says, although she thinks Bowersox’s early lead made it hard for her to win the competition. “Itâ€™s very hard for the frontrunner to win this competition, because America likes a story. And they like to see a contestant that didnâ€™t know they could sing, had no encouragement, had a past that was challenging, and is the good guy â€“ he takes in the criticism and turns up every week with a good attitude and works it into his performances and nails it. Itâ€™s all about the dream,” she says.
Topics: American Idol, Crystal Bowersox, FOX Reality TV Shows, Kara DioGuardi, Lee Dewyze, Simon Cowell |
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