"Idol" judge saved by a bikini

Kara DioGuardi says baring her body on stage during last season's finale was a "defining moment"

By Tracy Clark-Flory
March 24, 2010 2:53AM (UTC)
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In this undated publicity image released by Fox, "American Idol" judges, from left, Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson are shown. (AP Photo/Fox, Michael Becker) (AP)

All it takes to secure your position as an "American Idol" judge is a little T'n'A, according to Kara DioGuardi. In the latest issue of Women's Health, the "Idol" judge bares her "dream body" and says that stripping down to a bikini during last season's "Idol" finale "probably saved my job."

In case you missed the sad bikini stunt, let me fill you in: It was part of a duet with Katrina Darrell (a.k.a. "Bikini Girl"), a contestant who, shall we say, put her strongest talent on display during auditions for the show. DioGuardi was none-too-impressed by "Bikini Girl's" attempt to cover up her poor vocals by uncovering her body and the two clashed. In other words: Cat fight! Of course, TV viewers ate it up. So, for the finale face-off, some brilliant "Idol" producer decided it wasn't enough for DioGuardi 's to simply outshine Darrell with her far superior pipes, she had to also competitively flaunt her physique. 

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DioGuardi says she was initially wary of the proposition. She explains, "I kept saying no. I mean, what crazy nut is gonna go out there in a bikini at almost 40 years of age against a girl who is 20 and probably cosmetically enhanced?" A crazy nut who wants to keep her job, apparently. It ended up being a "defining moment" and made people think, "She's serious and industry, but also as kooky as everyone else on this panel," she says. And -- hey! -- look where it's gotten her: In a bikini in the pages of "Women's Health" revealing how she got her "killer bod."


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