A year after strutting around in a black two-piece on stage on the American Idol finale, Kara DioGuardi tells Women's Health that the move "probably saved my job."
"I kept saying no," the songwriter said, recalling the plan to face off against Katrina Darrell, a.k.a. Bikini Girl. "I mean, what crazy nut is gonna go out there in a bikini at almost 40 years of age against a girl who's 20 and likely cosmetically enhanced?"
Still, she calls it "a defining moment" that helped cement her place on the American Idol panel along with judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul.
"Like, 'She’s serious and industry, but also as kooky as everyone else on this panel,'" DioGuardi says. "I looked a little pasty. But hey, at least I didn’t wet myself!"
Small victories, right.
Kara would hold her own against any so-called bikini girl.
As for how she maintains her body, the American Idol staple says she hits the gym four times a week. There, she runs two miles or does 25 minutes of cardio.
"Boxing, treadmill, step-ups, lunges, sprints, I mix it up ... Weight training is important as you get older. You build muscle, which burns fat when you rest."
And in addition to drinking at least "two huge bottles" of water a day, she eats plenty of veggie stir-fry: "The more roughage you eat, the more it fills you up."
And if she ever loses motivation to maintain her fitness, she counts on her loved ones. No we don't mean Simon Cowell, although we can see him saying this:
"Someone [close to me] said, ‘You may want to work on your arms - they’re a little jiggly,'" she says. "The people in my life have no qualms about telling me!"