Kara DioGuardi: viewers “may think my intensity and my boldness are bitchy”

Here’s a new year prediction: American Idol‘s new judge, Kara DioGuardi, will be awesome, and may help rescue the show. Previously uncovered evidence suggested she will be totally awesome. At the very least, it’ll be nice to have one judge who doesn’t say the exact same things they’ve already said for seven seasons. But her insecurities about being the new judge might get in the way.

In a profile, Entertainment Weekly runs down her resume and qualifications, and her attitude. Executive producer Ken Warwick told the magazine, “She’s very strong-willed, and we needed that with Simon around. I don’t want anybody too benign on that panel. Kara tells it as it is.”

As a bonus, Kara will sit between Paula and Randy, so there will be a break in-between the most substance-less of the judges. Kara told the magazine that the producers initially wanted to have her next to Simon. “They tried [putting] me between her and Simon, but they kept trying to communicate and I didn’t want to be in the middle of that,” she said.

And Kara proves that by talking about her dad’s testicles. “My grandfather was a guy who came through Ellis Island and started a grocery store. So my father had incredible balls. He had this I’m-gonna-do-whatever-I-want-to-do-and-you-can’t-stop-me thing that I got. … I always wanted to be a trial attorney. I love to argue.”

Still, she’s concerned how she’ll come across. “I know who I am, but what are people going to perceive me as? They may think my intensity and my boldness are bitchy. I hope not. I don’t think I’m bitchy,” she said.

While it’s obvious she’ll overshadow Paula unless Paula loses it again, Kara dismisses rumors that there’s conflict between them, and Warwick and Paula both deny that Paula will leave. Warwick told EW, “That’s just cheeky journalistic hype,” while DioGuardi said, “Paula and I have a good vibe. I have respect for Paula. I’m not of the thinking that women should drag each other down.”

Kara DioGuardi: Here Comes the New ‘Idol’ judge [Entertainment Weekly]

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