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?"

American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi predicted a male winner and discussed other elements of the show, such as Simon's close talking, with Jay Leno last night.

Asked about the current season, she admitted a soft spot for Michael Lynche, a.k.a. Big Mike, who moved her to tears with last week's performance: “I love him,” she said.

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There's little question that Kara DioGuardi is annoying on American Idol.

She comes across as cocky and condescending, taking extreme offense any time Simon makes a dig in her direction and somehow managing to be neither reassuring to the contestants nor especially criticial. She doesn't even have a Randy Jackson, dawg-like catchphrase.

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As American Idol delves deeper into its ninth season, fans will start to concentrate on potential break-out artists and finalists such as Katelyn Epperly and Aaron Kelly.

For now, though, the upcoming departure of Simon Cowell is still a major topic. What does Kara DioGuardi think about her fellow judge saying goodbye?

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It's official: Ellen DeGeneres is part of the American Idol family.

The comedian was announced as the show's fourth judge, taking over for Paula Abdul, months ago. But she now appears in a series of promotional photos for the competition and there's truly no going back.

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Kara DioGuardi Biography

New American Idol Judges
Kara DioGuardi is a Grammy-nominated songwriter who will be joining the judging table for American Idol's eighth season. DioGuardi grew... More »
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Kara DioGuardi Quotes

I have my own style ... I'm honest. And pretty feisty.

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I can be pretty tough at times, and nurturing when I have to be.

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