New Judge Tangles With Bikini-Clad Idol

Eighth season starts with a splash—of skin
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2009 10:52 AM CST

(Newser) – The newest American Idol judge forgot it’s the contestants who do the singing, busting out her own vocal chops to upstage a bikini-clad hopeful on last night’s premiere, Access Hollywood reports. Idol made sure to point out new judge Kara DioGuardi has worked with such divas as Celine Dion, but her version of Mariah Carey’s “Vision of Love” led the contestant to retort, “Your demonstration wasn’t any better.”

Though both DioGuardi and Paula Abdul dubbed Katrina Darrell “terrible,” the swimsuit fan earned a trip to Hollywood from the male judges. But her Idol debut isn’t the only exciting thing on DioGuardi’s plate: The Grammy-nominated songwriter recently got engaged to Mike McCuddy, a teacher-turned-general-contractor, People reports.
(Read more Kara DioGuardi stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.